32 Signs Fungus Might Be Taking Over Your Body

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I bet if you looked in the mirror you wouldn’t say to yourself, “I look a little fungusy today.” More than likely, you don’t really know what it looks like to be fungusy.

Truth be told, you can’t really look like fungus (or a mushroom for that matter), but there is a good chance that fungus, to some degree or another, is compromising your health.

Don’t get too wigged out when I use the word fungus. We are all covered in fungal communities; they take up residence on us and within us, forming tight-knit colonies according to their kind. Many of these fungi are harmless, and a good number are quite necessary for health. However, when the bad guys move into the neighborhood, things get funky.

Fungi vs. bacteria


Before I go on, let’s first take a quick look at the difference between fungi and bacteria. Both are minute organisms that are found in almost every ecosystem on earth, and both can associate with other groups of living things. As mentioned above, they can either be harmless and necessary in biological processes, or they can be highly dangerous.

The main difference between fungi and bacteria is their cellular structure. Bacteria are prokaryotic organisms, meaning they do not possess a nucleus, while fungi are eukaryotic organisms, meaning they have a very well-defined nucleus. While both organisms have cell walls, what makes up these cell walls is different. Fungi, for the most part, have long hollow tubes that form networks (hyphae).

Each of these tubes is bordered by a strong wall made from chitin — the same substance that forms the exoskeletons of insects. Hyphae grow from their tips and reach out in a branching manner to form a network called mycelium. As the mycelium grows, it produces fruiting bodies and other structures that are rich with reproductive spores.

Bacteria multiply by binary fission when parent bacterium divide to make the same sized daughter cells. Fungi reproduce both sexually and asexually by a process of branching fragmentation and budding (as in the case of yeast).

Fungi are scavengers, feeding off dead stuff — kind of like the buzzards you see cleaning up roadkill along the highway. Bacteria, on the other hand, are a little more sophisticated in the fact that they can actually manufacture their own food.

Types of fungal infections

There are several fungal infections that result from different types of fungi entering the body.

For instance, Aspergillus fungi can be inhaled through the mouth or nose and can cause fever, cough and wheezing. In very severe instances, this fungal infection can spread to other organs including the brain, skin and bones.

Cryptococcus neoformans is found in the soil or in bird droppings. This fungus also enters the body through the mouth or nostrils and can cause a lung infection resulting in a cough or chest pain.

Histoplasma capsulatum is a fungus that is commonly found in eastern and central United States in soil that contains bird and bat feces. When spores are disturbed, they can be inhaled and can cause flu-like symptoms, body aches, fever and cough.

Candida albicans


Yeast, also known as Candida albicans, is a type of fungus that is present in all humans. The fungus is found on both the skin and mucus membranes. In small amounts, it is harmless to the body.

However, when the growth of yeast increases dramatically, the results can be absolutely devastating. Did you know that yeast overgrowth is considered to be one of the most prevalent, yet unrecognized conditions to man?

When you have a healthy body, the yeast is kept under control by the healthy bacteria within your body. However, medical antibiotics — and those found in much of the meat we eat — will upset the balance of your friendly bacteria. Since antibiotics are nonselective, they work to weaken the good bacteria that keep yeast in check.

The yeast then begins to flourish, and before you know it, it’s completely out of control. Antibiotics are not the only contributor to the upset of your healthy bacteria; cortisone, some birth control pills and certain drugs have an effect on it, as well.

Once the yeast has overgrown in your body, it thrives on sugar, carbohydrates, moldy foods, fermented foods and vinegar. If you’ve ever noticed that your cravings for any of these are very strong, chances are, you have a yeast overgrowth in your body.

When the level of yeast is elevated in your body, toxins are released into your bloodstream in high amounts. These waste products have a profound effect on your well-being and are linked to many health problems.

Signs of yeast gone wild


The effects of yeast overgrowth will worsen over time, and will seriously compromise physical, mental and emotional well-being. According to researchers, hidden, deviant fungus may be the reason for any number of seemingly unrelated health complaints.

Just another reason why it is so important to not look at symptoms in isolation. Very often, you will find that two seemingly unrelated things, like muscle twitches and frequent bladder infections, are the result of yeast gone wild.

Here are 32 signs that yeast may have moved in and is slowly taking over your body. If you suffer frequently from more than three of these, it may be time to learn more about yeast.

  • Fungal infections on skin or nails
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Toenail fungus
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Bad breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Joint pain
  • Numbness
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • PMS
  • Heartburn
  • Burning eyes
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Hyperactivity
  • Poor concentration
  • Brain fog
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ulcerative colitis or multiple sclerosis
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Strong cravings for sugar or refined carbohydrates
  • Eczema or psoriasis
  • Hives
  • Seasonal allergies or itchy ears
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginal or rectal itching

The spit test


Yeast overgrowth is one of the most difficult health issues to detect because of the small amount that is present in everyone. The best way to determine if you have yeast overgrowth is by taking a look at your lifestyle and diet.

Do you crave sweets and carbohydrates, experience constant illness, have a mental illness that doesn’t respond to medication, or generally feel “unwell?” Chances are you’re experiencing yeast overgrowth and need to make some changes to your diet.

You can also try the spit test. Yeah, we know, it sounds a little gross, but a spit test offers a really good analysis of what is going on inside your body and may show signs of a yeast overgrowth. The best time to take this test is as soon as you wake up in the morning, before you even get out of bed.

How to do the spit test

  • Gather as much spit as possible in your mouth.
  • Spit into a clear glass with room temperature filtered water.
  • Watch carefully.
  1. The saliva will float at first. Watch to see if there are thin projections extending downward into the water after 15 minutes or so. They may look like hairs or strings. If this happens you may have a candida overgrowth problem.
  2. If your saliva is very cloudy and sinks to the bottom within a few minutes, or parts of the saliva slowly sink, yeast overgrowth is a possibility. The particles are yeast colonies which band together.
  3. If your spit is still floating after about an hour, it is likely that your yeast is under control.

The downward spiral

Candida can be linked to serious health problems. Once this fungus begins to thrive in the body, general health will spiral downward. The cravings for sugar and other foods that nourish the yeast will get stronger, and on and on it will go.

Eventually, the immune system becomes so weak that the symptoms are no longer tolerable. Often physicians will prescribe antibiotics to treat the symptoms, thus killing off the last of any friendly bacteria. When yeast is in this advanced state, depression and suicidal thoughts are very common.

How to kick the bad fungus to the curb

According to the National Candida Center, if you have symptoms and your spit test is positive for yeast, it is a pretty good indication that you have a candida overgrowth problem. The first step in addressing the problem is to adjust your diet.

Eliminate all processed foods and sugar, and begin eating only wholesome, organic foods if possible. The following foods also help the body heal from the assault of candida overgrowth and encourage the proliferation of healthy bacteria:

1. Coconut oil

This tropical treasure has strong antifungal properties, which will kill the bad bacteria and support immune system functioning. Replace your other cooking oils with coconut oil and add liberally to foods or your coffee. Aim for two tablespoons daily to start.

2. Garlic


Garlic also has strong antifungal properties and will destroy unfriendly bacteria while encouraging the growth of good bacteria. It detoxifies and encourages healthy liver and colon functioning. Use garlic liberally to jazz up your food or chew freely on two to three cloves per day. Note: Raw garlic is far superior in its efficacy.

3. Seaweed


It may not be too appealing to look at, but seaweed is a highly nutrient-dense food that can fight against yeast overgrowth. Many times, people with yeast overgrowth suffer from hyperthyroidism, and seaweed is rich in iodine, which helps balance the thyroid gland. In addition, seaweed is a detoxifier and helps to flush toxins out of the body while cleaning the digestive system. Eat fresh seaweed or take high-quality kelp supplements for best results.

4. Pumpkin seeds


These tiny seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which have antiviral and antifungal properties. They help to reduce the inflammation caused by yeast and fight depression as well. Add pumpkin seeds to your cereal, salads or even eat them as a tasty snack.

5. Ginger


Ginger is a powerful detoxifier that increases circulation and flushes toxins out of the liver while supporting the immune system. It helps reduce intestinal gas and soothes inflammation from yeast overgrowth. Make ginger tea by grating a 1-inch piece of ginger root and adding it to two cups of boiling water and a fresh slice of lemon.

Once you get your diet under control and introduce foods that fight the bad bacteria, you can consider taking a high-quality probiotic or eating a little bit of fermented food daily to keep your healthy bacteria count in good order.

Exercising daily and learning how to manage stress in your life will also help to keep fungus from taking over your body.

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About The Watchdog

Mike Geary has been a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for over 15 years now. He has been studying nutrition and exercise for almost 25 years, ever since being a young teenager. Mike is originally from Pennsylvania, but has fallen in love with mountain life and now resides in the picturesque mountains of Utah. Mike is an avid adventurist and when he’s not spending his time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or paddleboarding on the lake, he has enjoyed skydiving, whitewater rafting, piloting an Italian fighter plane (seriously), scuba diving, heli-skiing, and traveling all around the world, enjoying learning about different cultures. At the age of 40, Mike now feels healthier, stronger, and more energetic than when he was 20... All because of a healthy lifestyle and great nutrition!

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  1. Enjoy reading all your info, thanks so much for sharing it.

  2. Abraham Gebreslassie

    I read it everything, and learned important health issues.

    I thank you,

  3. Thomas G. Risinger, Jr.

    Fungal infection has swelled my feet & lower legs, & ruined my big toe nails. What appears to be scar tissue covers both my lower legs (Rosecia, I suppose). This started several years ago when I stepped on a cat in the dark during a homeless shelter fire drill. The cat bit me on the right shin, & that leg is the worst shape of the two. As yet, I’ve not taken much time on remedies

  4. My goodness, such wonderful information. I have just received this and have only briefly glanced at several articles but can’t wait to thoroughly read over each article, and better yet, start following your guidance. Thank you!!

  5. Thank You for all of the informative things in your articles.

  6. I have had the worst experience in my life and I think that the answer to my health issues is YEAST overgrowth and Candida . Six months ago I started losing hair I get thrush on my tongue I have excruciating pain with my skin cuz there is red bumps on my arms that hurt me so bad and not one DOCTOR has taken time to help me figure this situation out and I just know that it’s from YEAST now. I have almost all the symptoms seriously and I finally feel that there is hope for me because I’m giving up and I don’t want to but I’m so sick of feeling like I’m dying inside and that everyone thinks it’s from stress and I’m actually the calmest I’ve ever seen so I know that it’s something to do with fungus because of the abundance of yeast on my tongue and the weird skin fungus etc I just wish someone could help me out cause I don’t know how to get better and I can’t afford organic foods. Please please please help me out I’m begging you ??????. I have kids and grandkids and I don’t ever want to do anything with them anymore cuz of the depression that I have cuz noone will ever help me especially my doctors they just bounce me around. I literally have everything on the sympton list you provided I mean every single ONE!!!! I don’t know if I’m going to live much longer and I don’t want to die please please help me
    I don’t have much hair left and I have a horrible experience every single day I want to get better but not strong enough I feel like I have no strength anymore in my body.

    • I have been doing the ginger and lemon remedy cause I seen it on tiv to I. Been adding crushed pepper flakes for circulation cinnamon fir my diabetes that I have never taken med for garlic and turminic and cummin and honey for taste and mixing it up together I boil the ginger and lemon and then add the rest and take a shot in the morning on a empty stomach I’m on a fixed in come and if I can afford it almost any body can be ause the in grediant cost only a few bucks a piece I gathered all of them threw the months and now I put them together for health I had a blood test done the other day and it’s says I’m. Stable that I can continue all my med but truly I need to get ride if some of them I have to jee my meds for my mental health because I can’t take a chance in trying to hurt my self again the rest I’m just addicted to and suboxen because I was a addict I’m like a fish out of water with out them 0ty fir the info I was already aware of my yeast because I can tell it from the raste in my mouth and the yeast my body out s off sometimes I have to stay clean I can’t go with out a shower because I started to smell and my dog is allergic to it he starts giving if he smells me u have to keep my blankets washed at least once a week or two sometimes as needed I have alit going on

    • Hi Lori, thank you for putting that out there. I’m in a very similar position. Encouraging to know I’m not alone and not crazy and trying to forge ahead.

    • Lori, I have some of the same challenges that you have and my doctors don’t seem to seeing what I need. However, the good news is that this has taught me that each one of us is our best doctor/teacher. I t sounds like things are tough now but don’t give up. “The universe has your back” if you believe it. Take one step at a time or as few or as many steps as you can at one time. HANG IN THERE. YOU ARE YOUR BEST DOCTOR/TEACHER! Do you do some kind of meditation? That helps me and even though you can’t buy organic right now, look at the suggestions at the end of the article above-garlic, etc. You don’t have to buy those organic. You will find the answers you need. Hang in there. The fact that you are aware of what is at least partially going on with you is a real positive aspect in your healing.

  7. Bonnie Gathings

    I sent a previous email. The only fungus problem and I am not sure it was fungus was a horrible ordor in my hair after getting a perm. About a week after. It’s been at least 5 or 6 weeks since I started treatment (homemade remedies) which eventually seemed to help. The smell WAS NOT the typical perm smell. Could that have been fungus and will these pills help the problem??

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