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A Healthy Gut “Key” To Preventing Disease

The most exciting story in medicine in recent years?

A link between gut and disease and emotional and mental wellbeing.

An unhealthy gut microbiota has been linked to many cancers, including colon cancer. Australia is now poised to become the global frontier in navigating this mostly unchartered territory with the establishment of a new research centre dedicated to micro gut health research. (The Australian 22 2 17). Your gut organ is home to more than three million genes; as well as thousands of good and bad bacteria known as the gut micro biota.

Dr. Emad El-Omar, Professor of Medicine St. George Sutherland Clinical School states; “You’ve got this organ growing within your bowel that has 10 times more cells than human cells, a hundred times more genes than your own human genes; it weighs the same as the brain, it has the same metabolic activity as the liver, so clearly it has an impact on every aspect of your health and disease”.

Half of the Australian population will complain of a digestive problem over the next 12 months. Understanding imbalance is pivotal because that means we can manipulate it and there is the beauty, it means there is a possibility to reverse many diseases. It is about prevention. We want to reverse diabetes, obesity and all the things that are potentially preventable.

Your body’s immune system and its role in cancer prevention really doesn’t get the attention it deserves in the prevailing paradigm of allopathic medicine. This information is vitally important; in fact, it just might be the most overlooked facet of cancer prevention that’s not being talked about by the conventional medical system today.

Assuming you’re getting all the nutrients you need from food and supplements (and your body is effectively flushing waste and toxins as it’s supposed to), your immune system should be fully equipped on its own to naturally thwart cancer from ever taking hold. So why isn’t this the case for the tens of thousands of people who are diagnosed with cancer every year? The answer could lie in an underestimated component of your immune system that’s only just beginning to break the mainstream thinking: gut micro flora.

Beneficial Gut Bacteria and Immunity: Are You Protected?

Inside your intestinal tract live countless trillions of diverse microorganisms that help you properly digest food and protect your body against harmful bacteria. This beneficial bacterial “ecosystem”, so to speak, is often referred to in the scientific literature as the human microbiome.

A 2011 study published in the journal Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy explains in further detail how the human body relies on a healthy microbiome to combat infectious agents. This microbiome works in synergy with the rest of the body’s immune system to prevent disease. This means these tiny micro- organisms meld with your very being in a coordinated effort to maintain homeostasis, or a healthy state of balance and stability.

But there are many things that can interfere with the proper function of your microbiome. These include poor diet (processed foods are compositionally “dead” and lack the enzymes and living bacteria necessary for microbiome health), environmental pollution, chronic stress, lack of sleep, and pharmaceutical drugs like antibiotics. Antibiotics, you should know, kill off not only harmful pathogens but also the good bacteria that your body relies on for proper immune function. When a person’s gut microbiome becomes damaged or is otherwise thrown out of balance, conditions are ripe for disease formation. With cancer specifically, science is now uncovering how a compromised microbiome can unleash a cascade of system failures throughout the body that, in many cases, leads to tumor growth and full-blown cancer.

Getting the Probiotics You Need for a Healthy Microbiome & Cancer Prevention

You may have heard the term probiotics before. This class of nutritive, living organisms is finally gaining national attention for its role in improving digestive health and boosting immunity.

Probiotics are what so-called “living” foods, or foods that haven’t been “killed” through processing, often contain in their natural states. Probiotics are also found in foods like fermented dairy (yogurt, kefir), cultured vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi), real sourdough bread (made from living starter), and even pickles (made the traditional way). These organisms are what make these foods highly nutritious and easily digestible.

Perhaps you weren’t aware, but probiotics hail from the same category of “good” bacteria as that which naturally lives in your microbiome. They’re exactly what your body needs to replenish all the beneficial bacteria that’s been damaged or that’s missing.  Providing the boost your immune system needs to thwart disease. Cultured or fermented foods are rich in cancer-fighting probiotics, and they also contain what’s known as lactic acid bacteria.

Other studies, including a 2013 paper published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, pinpoint specific probiotic strains like Lactobacillus casei as a science- based immunomodulatory mechanism that helps protect the body against many types of cancer and other diseases. Lactobacillus casei is one of the most popular probiotics available to consumers.

No matter how you look at it, ‘probiotics’ are essential in any anti-cancer regimen and for a healthy gut. If you’re not already taking them, or consuming foods like yogurt that naturally contain them, you should probably start. Probiotics are just one piece of the anti-cancer puzzle.

Gastrointestinal microbiota helps protect the intestinal lining and serve as gatekeepers. They allow nutrients into the bloodstream while blocking disease- causing pathogens and toxins from passing through. So it only makes sense that a microbiome failure is nothing short of catastrophic as far as the health of your gut is.

We want to introduce Joel of Sunshine Colonics as we work together as wellness practitioners and Joel knows so much more about the gut than I do and why flushing it is also very beneficial to keeping you healthy in every way. With approximately 80% of your immune system inside your gut, regular colon cleansing is one of the best ways to boost your overall health. After all, a clean inside makes for a happy outside!

If you’d like to experience the benefits of colon hydrotherapy for yourself, Joel is generously offering all Soothing Effects Massage clients a 20% discount off your first treatment. Give his clinic a call on ph: 5326 3537 or visit www.sunshinecolonics.com.auto book, and mention SOOTHING to get your discount!

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