Candida Infection Can Be a Cause of Crohn’s Disease
Recent studies point to a potential link between fungus bacteria known as Candida and Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease patients are known to have an overabundance of yeast causing bacteria in their system, and some studies have even shown that various IBD’s have occurred in children and adults who recently underwent heavy prescription antibiotic use for another infection.
Antibiotics are well known to be a common cause of a multitude of various yeast infections, because they kill all the friendly flora in the body, which gives the Candida bacteria room to flourish.
The ever-present Candida proliferates when not held in check by the gut’s good bacteria. Candida produces colonies of yeast that take up parasitic residence in the lining of the colon. These little bits of yeast not only decrease the functionality of the affected gut and provide for more illness, they are also absorbed into the blood stream to take up residence in the liver, spleen, kidneys or even the vagina. These harmful disease germs, liberated by the prescribed drugs, are not good friends and neighbors. The result of this yeasty mess is a “leaky gut.
It is quite obvious then that a healthy gut pre-supposes a healthy individual, and that a healthy gut is the first line of defense in a program of total health and a sure path to healing Crohn’s disease.
The most common cause of Candida is ingesting foods that one is allergic to. Common allergens like dairy products, wheat, and eggs all can contribute to Candida and hence Leaky gut and Crohn’s.
We must therefore launch a concerted attack on the Candida in order to get the crohn’s disease symptoms under control.
Common-sense dictates that if Crohn’s disease is actually caused by yeast and fungus bacteria, then a first step in treatment should involve balancing the digestive bacteria in the body.
Many medical doctors unfortunately choose to use drug treatments which might make the conditions worse.
For instance, in attempts to reduce inflammation in Crohn’s disease , some drugs are used which will suppress the body’s immune system.
And by suppressing one’s immune system, you subject it to potentially developing even more problems because it doesn’t have its natural defense systems operating at full capacity.
Additionally, drugs such as steroids and immune suppressers can allow the Candida to flourish.
The following are practical steps you can take to control your Candida symptoms
1. Change the foods you eat- Try a anti-Candida diet
Many patients diagnosed with Crohn’s disease seem to get better, once they are given treatment for Candida and asked to adhere to a strict diet.
Some foods – such as those very high in simple sugars and starches – help Candida to flourish
Candida love a sweet environment. Thus all sugars are bad. Dietitians will often say only fast sugars are bad and slow sugars are good. Thus they will advise against white sugar and white flour and will advocate the use of raw cane sugar and whole-grain products. Sorry if you’re a sweet tooth and “carboholic”, but all sugars are out if you really want to starve Candida.
This means you will have to wean yourself off:
- sugar, refined or unrefined.
- natural sweeteners, other than stevia.
- grains, refined or unrefined.
- starchy foods
- sweet fruits.
- pasteurized milk products.
2. Avoid yeast containing foods
Avoid any food products that encourage yeast growth and irritate your intestinal tract, and eat foods high in natural fiber that will be easily assimilated by your digestive system.
Avoid products containing yeast and yeast extract. This means you will once again have to learn to read the labels. Once more, you will be amazed to see how many products contain yeast extract. In fact, yeast extract is very often a hidden source of MSG!
3. Take probiotics
Probiotics may be protective against leaky gut and bowel inflammation. Probiotics like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria bifidum, help restore a balance of friendly bacteria to the body’s digestive tract thus aiding in digestion. The acidophilus repopulates your digestive tract with microorganisms that are beneficial to the digestive tract, helps further break down your food, and competes for space and nutrients with harmful microorganisms that may be present, diminishing their numbers.
Probiotics are gaining acceptance or interest in the prevention and treatment of both inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s and colitis) as well as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). They are also being touted to prevent or treat antibiotic associated diarrhea.
A highly recommended probiotic product for combating Candida in Crohn’s disease is Fungal Defense Candida and yeast cleanse produced by Garden Of Life Inc:
This powerful anti-candida formula contains potent anti-yeast and anti-fungal functions It contains probiotic strains of beneficial HSOs (Homeostatic Soil Organisms) that restore healthy intestinal flora.
Fungal Defense works by injecting beneficial bacteria into the intestinal tract, thereby displacing the so-called bad bacteria. Fungal Defense compounds stimulate and enhances Immune Functions. Probiotic strains of beneficial HSOs (Homeostatic Soil Organisms) restore healthy intestinal flora.
4. Eat fresh garlic or garlic extract
One of the absolute best things you can do to fight your crohn’s Candida infection is by using a simple and inexpensive, herb such as garlic, preferably fresh, raw garlic. Garlic can kill the Candida and fungus overgrowth in the digestive tract. Garlic will also treat the common infections that crop up as side effects of Crohn’s disease too.
Once the Candida ventures beyond the gut into the rest of the body, it is in it’s fungal form. Garlic is a potent natural antifungal that will help cure the Candida.
Garlic is believed by many nutritionists to have natural anti-fungal properties. It shows great promise in inhibiting the growth of the fungus, and may help to prevent candida.
In one study, researchers injected an aged garlic extract into mice with Candida infections. After a day, the Candida colonies numbered 400, compared with 3,500 among the mice given only a salt-water solution. After two days, the garlic-treated mice were free of Candida.
The active ingredient in garlic is allicin. Allicin is a potent antimicrobial as well as an antifungal. It can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Fresh garlic is considered best, although premium garlic supplements such as Kyolic offer the advantage of reduced odors. Many aged Garlic extracts have been shown to effectively kill the yeast Candida albicans in various studies. Garlic extracts have been proven to contain broad-spectrum anti-microbial activity against many types of bacteria and fungi.
5. Eat fermented dairy products
Natural, cultured dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, quark, buttermilk and all natural cheeses made from unpasteurized milk are very beneficial. These lactic acid fermented foods promote a healthy bacterial environment in the colon.
Natural yogurt can supplement the friendly flora in your system, which will naturally start reducing the Candida bacteria too.
Kefir is especially recommended
People with gastro-intestinal health conditions such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or Crohn’s disease who regularly drink kefir as part of their diet, can benefit from a reduction of typical symptoms and feel much better.
Kefir is a nutritious food as well as a natural probiotic, easily digested and healing to the body – working to eliminate toxins and give your body a boost.
The yeasts and bacteria present in kefir and other lacto-fermented foods are actually able to displace Candida on the intestinal wall allowing these holes to heal. Once the leaky-gut is resolved and toxins no longer pass into the bloodstream and tissues of the body, healing can begin. I truly believe that lacto-fermented foods are key players in combating Candida albicans overgrowth and dairy kefir provides the most comprehensive combination of beneficial organisms.
While some drink kefir straight, you many find it too sour on its own and prefer to add fruits, honey, maple syrup or other flavors or sweeteners. Frozen bananas, strawberries, blueberries or other fruits can be mixed with kefir in a blender to make a smoothie. Vanilla, agave nectar and other flavorings may also be added.