‘Your good gut flora will help you prevent and fight cancer. That’s a fact!!’
The human microbiome is an incredible network of 100 trillion organisms that live in and on the body. They’re made up of beneficial bacteria as well as fungi, viruses, and bacteria that isn’t so beneficial. So whether you are trying to prevent cancer or heal from cancer, you should be focused on improving your digestive system and balancing your gut microbiota. These gut microbes play an enormous role in how we metabolize our food, extract nutrients, and respond to both conventional and alternative cancer treatments.
One of the best ways of boosting beneficial gut flora is by ingesting probiotics through fermented foods. Fermentation is a natural metabolic process that converts carbohydrates into acid or alcohol and gas. Under anaerobic (oxygen starved) conditions, the fermentation of foods occurs using yeast, bacteria, or a combination of the two.
Some strains of probiotics can regulate apoptosis or programmed cell death in a variety of ways. Probiotics are exceptionally effective in suppressing colon cancer growth, and emerging studies show promise that probiotics can be used to inhibit the incidence of liver, small intestinal, and breast cancer.
Our bodies are constantly trying to achieve a state of equilibrium in gut flora. Modern lifestyles, with commercially processed foods and broad-spectrum antibiotics, shift this balance over to the pathogenic, or bad, gut bacteria. The end result is poor gut health, sickness, and obesity. We can reseed the gut by consuming fermented foods teeming with probiotics, and allow the body to realign and re-balance itself for optimum health.
Research has also shown that your microflora has a significant impact on gene expression, such as the genes responsible for vitamin biosynthesis and metabolism. Probiotics have been found to influence the activity of hundreds of your genes, helping them to express in a positive, disease-fighting manner—some of which affect your body in a manner resembling the effects of certain medicines!
As time goes on, we’re gaining more and more information about the important roles gut flora plays in maintaining overall health. ‘The good news is that this is an area you can exercise a lot of control over.‘ Your diet can quickly alter the composition of your gut flora.
Incorporate a variety of probiotic foods to diversify the healthy bacteria in your gut. With optimal microbiota conditions, the immune system can more effectively exhibit anticancer activity by repairing tissue and limiting toxins.