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Gut Bacteria and Crohn's

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 24, 2016 5:00:00 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi

Gut bacteria and Crohn's disease.

The holidays are upon us. You're probably going to go "off the reservation" with your diet. It's different when you have Crohn's because you don't have much leeway to cheat. Your colon is already inflammed and eating sugar and processed food is like throwing a malotov cocktail into a 4 alarm fire. We have to get real now and you need Good Gut products to reverse your chronic condition.

The link between Crohn's disease and gut bacteria is paving the way for new treatment methods. Crohn's disease consists of chronic irritation or inflammation of the intestinal tract lining and treatment typically involves drugs that work to neutralize an immune system protein known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF).Crohn's effects the gastrointestinal system most commonly in the ileum, the third portion of the small intestine. It causes the immune system to mistakingly recognize gut bacteria aiding in mucosal functions as invaders. The chronic immune response leads to inflammation of the intestines. 

While current treatment focuses solely on the immune system, new research is growing in favor of altering the bacterial networks in the intestinal tract to treat inflammation with Crohn's.

A group of researchers in Ontario found that patients who suffered from Crohn's disease had significantly lover prevalence of protective microorganisms which produce butyrate, such as bacteria in the Clostridium XIVa and IV groups, and higher rates of harmful bacteria known to produce pro–inflammatory agents,  hydrogen sulfide, or H2S. Patients with the disease also have a decrease in ability to detoxify and reduce levels of H2S in their intestinal tract lining.


The team showed that bacteria from the strain Atopobium parvulum, a potent H2S producer, induces severe colitis and that the development of colitis caused by that bacteria also requires the presence of the gut microbiota. Taken together, these findings point to a new mechanism in Crohn’s disease, in which the balance between the production and the detoxification of H2S is altered. This opens the door for new treatments aimed at restoring a healthy balance in gut microbiota.

At Second Nature Care we understand that the root of your health comes from your gut. Without a healthy intestinal microbiome your entire life can be turned upside down. We focus on identifying the underlying cause of the Crohn's and immediately changing the diet by removing gluten, dairy etc. We offer good gut probiotics to bring your gut flora back to a natural balance. By fighting the symptoms in your gut you will begin to fight the other symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, eczema and chronic colds. If you are suffering from Crohn's you may also find relief in the use of medical marijuana, if you are interested call us for more information or read our blog series on medical marijuana. 

Take your life back from an imbalanced intestinal microbiome. We can help you. Contact us when you want to regain your health.

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