A type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s  disease may affect as many as 780,000 Americans. When someone has Crohn’s, the bacteria in their gut triggers a reaction causing the lining to become irritated.

Currently there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, and little is known about the condition. What scientists do know is that Crohn’s has many factors; gut bacteria, genetics, and diet.

However, scientists think they have found more specific answers as to why some digestive systems are so off-balance.


The Fungi Factor

New research suggests gut fungi is a factor in causing Crohn’s.  Everyone has fungus in their gut. In general, it is not harmful to the health of our digestion. This is even more true when we maintain a healthy diet and take care of our body with plenty of rest, exercise, and water.

However, People with Crohn’s disease have a higher level of two different types of bacteria (Escherichia coli and Serratia marcescens) and one type of fungi (Candida tropicalis). Researchers found that these three microorganisms create a biofilm that attaches itself to the gut. The study suggests this biofilm may be what causes the irritation.

The study is the first to show how these three work together to create the biofilm.


Crohn’s and Food Poisoning

Food poisoning caused by bad bacteria may have long-term effects. Usually, food poisoning last from a few hours to several days. Once the cause of the food poisoning has completely left the body, the illness is over. But the bad bacteria may cause problems later.

A new study from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada found certain bacteria introduced into the gut through food poisoning increased the chances of developing Crohn’s disease later.

1 in 150 Canadians suffer from Crohn’s (or colitis), making Canada one of the most affected countries in the world.

Researchers found mice infected with the same form of gut bacteria responsible for bacterial food poisonings increased their risk of developing a form of IBS later in life.

Researchers hope being able to pinpoint the root-cause of Crohn’s and IBS will find new treatments and possibly a cure.

Until then, take care of your digestive health by being conscious of what you eat. Pay attention to how your stomach and gut feel every day. And if you think that you may have any form of IBS visit with your doctor for testing options.

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