It’s not very often that something poop related is trending on Facebook; but today, the world is freaking out because for the first time ever, a study linked a fungus to Crohn’s disease. I wish I could join my fellow chronie’s in the
shock of this revelation, but I can’t … because experts have just now confirmed what common sense has known all along, candida contributes to Crohn’s (at least for some people).
I’m surprised I only had to wait eight years for them to get the funding to put this together, and rest assured, pharmaceutical companies are working overtime to develop another drug those who suffer from Crohn’s can sink their thousands of dollars they don’t have into.
Before you take up a second job or a seat in the waiting room for a one-drug-cures-all that is never going to happen … let’s talk candida for a moment, shall we?
Everybody has candida in their gut. It usually doesn’t cause an issue unless you’ve killed your gut flora by taking antibiotics, you’ve been on the birth control pill, or you consume a lot of the bad things that these little guys like to feed on. If you develop a candida overgrowth, you might experience fatigue, constipation, bloating, gas, nausea, joint pain, sugar cravings, urinary tract infections, white coating on the tongue (oral thrush), bad breath, hormonal issues, or a weakened immune system.
Everybody who knows anything about anything natural, knows that candida – when left unchecked, is a gut problem you don’t want to have … and if you have it, could cause Crohn’s. Yet, for years we’ve been told that Crohn’s has nothing to do with our diet or lifestyle. It’s genetic and about as happenstance as getting hit by a firework at 3:00 p.m. on the 28th of September. We’ve also been told there’s nothing we can do about it.
Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. They didn’t know the cause and there wasn’t a cure. There were only a few shot-in-the-dark treatments that would hopefully one into remission. I looked at my doctor and told him there had to be alternatives to the oompa loompa steroids, surgery, and drugs that had side-effects like cancer.
When I brought up probiotics, you would have thought I suggested we take a walk on the moon. I scared the fear out of him and he cautioned me about taking these beneficial bacteria because science hadn’t confirmed how awesome they were for us yet. Besides, a gut disorder had nothing to do with the condition of my gut or what I put into it anyway.
I’m glad I didn’t wait for “the experts” to catch up, or I’d be missing part of my gut right now. I used a couple of supposedly unscientific techniques to discover I had candida and I changed up my diet, altered my lifestyle, and kicked my Crohn’s with a candida cleanse … like, was literally scheduled for a resection and the Crohn’s had checked out of its own going away party kicked it.
Another win for the woo because I haven’t taken a single medication since. What I knew then, know now, and know in another few decades somebody will have the guts to “discover,” is that candida overgrowth doesn’t require another drug – it requires a lifestyle overhaul.
It requires building up the good bacteria that keep candida in check, tackling the overgrowth, supporting the symptoms, and creating long-lasting lifestyle changes that ensure it doesn’t get crazy and decide to hold a party in your gut again. You won’t find all of that in a pill and if you wait around for someone to create one that actually works … you’ll be in your next life before you realize it’s never going to happen.
If candida overgrowth is an underlying cause of your Crohn’s, here are a few things you can do while you’re waiting for the miracle drug to be created that actually works and doesn’t have side-effects worse than Crohn’s disease itself:
1. Get on a candida cleanse diet.
A candida diet doesn’t have to be complicated, but it may be hard for your discipline if you have no will power. There are a hundred diets to choose from, but those that focus on candida have a few things in common: You’ll get rid of sugar, alcohol, and refined carbohydrates, increase your fermented foods, up your vegetables, limit grains and cold foods, and get prepared for some serious candida die-off.
2. Get on the right supplements.
We can do this the hard way, or we can speed this up a bit by getting on the right supplements. Let’s not mess around here: Don’t spend a bajillion dollars on a thousand supplements that may not work. Nobody has the money or time for that.
Get on a good Candida Clear supplement, candibactin, and some lauricidin or raw coconut oil. The anti-microbial properties in coconut oil kick bumper, and a targeted candida supplement will be formulated with all of the natural things fungus love to hate . But … what do I know … it’s not like I’m speaking from experience or anything.
3. Take your probiotics.
While you’re changing your lifestyle and killing some serious fungus, you should probably build up the army that keeps it in check. Probiotics aren’t just good for you, they are a necessity … like, you’ll never heal your gut or poop right again without them necessity.
There are a lot of brands out there to choose from. I took two capsules, three times a day of Bififdus Flora Force, and I’ve also tried Natren’s Healthy Trinity System and Dr. Axe’s Live Probiotic. You’ve got to start somewhere, so start here.
I’m glad someone is finally looking into the REAL underlying causes of Crohn’s disease, but while they take the next fifty years to lock things down and roll out a new toxic medication, you can take your Crohn’s (and it’s candida) into your own hands.
Want to read more about what I did to beat Crohn’s? Check out my e-book to learn the real truth about Crohn’s and how to overcome it.