Candida also known as Candida albicans is naturally occurring yeast that lives in the body in small numbers that do you no harm. If there is an event that weakens your immune system in a major way, it is then possible for the Candida to reproduce in larger numbers (ferment sugars) when not being kept in check by the immune system.
This can happen if you have been on steroids such as Prednisone, or if you have been on a course of antibiotics. In these situations the body’s immune system becomes weakened and Candida can take hold. If you do have an infection of Candida this yeast can be a contributing factor making your Crohn’s Disease worse, and you may not be aware of it.
One way to test to see if you have a yeast infection, is to take a glass of warm water first thing in the morning, before you have anything to drink or eat spit in to the glass. If you see stringy white pieces hanging down from the top of the glass (it may take a couple of minutes to do this), then you have a yeast infection or over growth. After a short time some of the white stringy bits that were hanging down may settle out on the bottom of the glass.
Knowing if you have a yeast infection, by using the process such as the one above empowers you to be able to take action, by getting rid of the Candida that otherwise you may not have known about. You can use diet as well as herbs to get rid of the Candida, if you go this route you may want to consult a natural therapist or a naturopath. There are also many good online resources as well, be sure if you are paying for them that they have a good money back guarantee so there is no risk to you.
You may have been living with Candida for many years and when you are finally rid of it you can feel so much better. I did not realize for many years that Candida was one of the major problems I had making me feel sick with Crohn’s Disease. It was one of the reasons I was so tired all the time and so often had ‘brain fog’ and could not think clearly.
Candida can also contribute to ‘leaky gut syndrome’, which is where small particles of food get in to the blood stream where they shouldn’t be. Over time this can cause and contribute to food allergies. Candida can also contribute to making your Crohn’s Disease symptoms worse, which is the last thing you want when you have a flare up. Candida will also release toxins in to your system and this will place a bigger burden on an already over worked, stressed immune system and body.
Take the test when you get out of bed tomorrow morning and see if you do have an issue with Candida, it may explain some of the reasons why you have been feeling the way you do, and have not been able to put your finger on it.