A Strong Immune System Helps Prevent Cancer
There is a strong link between preventing cancer, the functioning of our immune systems and a healthy intestinal tract. A healthy gut contains millions and millions of beneficial bacteria. It is a symbiotic relationship between our intestinal tract and beneficial bacteria. These beneficial bacteria help us to digest food, fight many harmful bacteria such as pathogens and food-borne “bad” bacteria and improve the immune response of the intestine. The beneficial bacteria even make certain nutrients such as vitamins B12 and K.
Chronic illness, diets high in sugar or processed foods, stress and antibiotics can alter the natural flora of the intestinal tract and create health problems such as constipation, yeast overgrowth, indigestion and weaken our immune system creating a vulnerability to developing cancer. With the growing interest in the integration of medicine and personal care, recognizing the link between diet, health and cancer prevention has never been stronger.
The Use Of Probiotics In The Fight Against Cancer
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that decrease fecal enzymes associated with the development of cancer-causing compounds in the small and large intestines. They catalyze enzymes that neutralize cancer-causing substances. Probiotics are also able to stimulate and support the immune system throughout the body. The ability of super strains of L-acidophilus bacteria in eradicating these harmful enzymes is one of the most important preventative dietary measures one can take in the fight against cancer. The more quickly dangerous enzymes are neutralized, the lower our risk of developing cancer, especially colon and bladder cancer. Probiotics have also been shown to be helpful in protecting the function of both the liver and the kidneys.
Introducing Probiotics Into Your Diet
There are a variety of Probiotic products on the market today that can be taken to supplement your diet. You can also introduce a variety of fermented foods into your diet as a way of increasing beneficial bacteria in the GI tract. Almost every culture has some kind of fermented food. Traditionally, these foods are eaten on a daily basis, not only for their full flavor, but also to keep the gut well-stocked with beneficial bacteria. Some of the fermented foods that can be easily purchased and introduced into your diet are:
- fresh cheese
In addition to Probiotic supplementation, it is also helpful to boost your immune system with a healthy diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat protein sources. The whole grains, fruits and vegetables will provide antioxidants and lots of fiber, which will also help to boost your immune system, keep your digestive tract healthy and lower your risk of developing cancer.