You may know that probiotics are a good thing for your digestion and you may even be taking them on a regular basis. But do you know about the vital role they play for your body’s health overall, especially when it comes to cancer?
What are Probiotics?
In a healthy digestive system, it is normal for both good and bad bacteria to exist in the small and large intestines. Probiotic literally means “for life;” these are the “good bacteria.” In the miniature version of Battlestar Galactica happening all the time in your digestive system, probiotics protect you from being overrun by too many viruses, parasites and bad forms of bacteria that can wreak havoc on your gut and your overall body.
Probiotics are good for your digestive system, but how do they help your body as a whole? The reason can be explained in one sentence:
Your digestive system is also home to 60 to 80% of your Immune System cells.
Your gut is similar to a sewer system. It is designed to break down food to extract nutrients and then expel waste matter from food and other metabolic processes.
If you do not have healthy, happy intestinal flora living in your intestines, that “sewer system” will start to back up (much like a toilet backs up and overflows when it gets clogged). Then what should be coming out gets re-absorbed into your digestive system. Eventually these particular will make its way into your blood stream.
This process leads to toxicity. In a toxic environment, proper oxidation cannot take place on a cellular level. Without oxygen, the Immune System cells that live in your intestinal lining become overly stressed, compromising the whole Immune System.
The Gut-Cancer Connection: How Probiotics Can Help
Early 20th century Russian scientist Ilya Metchnikoff was one of the first to suggest that all disease happens because of what he called “auto-intoxication.”
This is higher than normal levels of unhealthy bacteria in the gut which produce toxic substances such as ammonia. He was one of the first to advocate for improving gut flora in order to improve the immune system.
Today we know that probiotics can aid your overall health in the following ways:
► They reduce the risk of infection;
► They regulate Immune System responses;
► They help fight inflammatory responses;
► They support proper elimination;
► They promote tissue regeneration by supporting healthy gene expression in the epithelial cells of your intestinal lining;
► They can help alleviate allergies and obesity;
► They can reduce your risk of cancer.
According to Jean M. Antoine, in his report entitled “Validation of Health Attributes of Yogurt”:
“Studies on experimental cancers induced in animals demonstrated that yogurt strains were able to slow down the evolution of various cancers.” “It looks like yogurt strains in the gut could reduce the quantity of toxins produced during the digestion, absorption and colic fermentation of our food.”
Get the Best When it Comes to Probiotic Supplementation
Essential #1 of the 7 Essentials System™ is “Let Food Be Your Medicine.” When I coach women with Breast Cancer or those who wish to prevent it, I have them fill out a comprehensive questionnaire about their lifestyle habits in each of The 7 Essentials. For the majority of women, reintroducing healthy levels of probiotic bacteria into their digestive system through nutritional means as well as supplementation is a vital step towards overall wellness.
My advice to anyone who wishes to be proactive with prevention is to choose the best quality probiotics to do the job. Believe it or not, many lesser-quality probiotic products may contain E. Coli, salmonella and Staphylococcus as well as cancer-causing additives such as propyl gallate.
I recommend a Bifido and Lactobacillus probiotic strain because I believe that they are the best quality digestive health products you will find anywhere.
The 7 Essentials probiotic formulas have been developed by a company based on the latest studies and science concerning the microbiome. The Dairy Free probiotic makes it suitable for vegetarians or those that have a lactose intolerance.
If you are on a healthy breast protocol, begin to incorporate probiotics into your daily routine right away. Make sure the product you buy has multiple Lactobacillus and Bifido strains with a minimum of 3 billion live bacteria per serving. Also make sure it is of the highest quality– your digestive system, and your body as a whole, deserves it.