How To Boost Your Immune System To Fight Cancer: Probiotics

80% of your immune system is in your gut as a vast network of lymph tissue referred to as GALT (gut associated lymphatic tissue).

The intestinal microflora, which resides in your gut, is a contributing factor to your immune system. So, what can you do about it? It’s recommended you use probiotics and prebiotics.

Definition Of Probiotics:

What are Probiotics?  Probiotics are “friendly bacteria” that help regulate the intestinal microflora’s balance between friendly and harmful bacteria in the gut.

Foods with live bacteria (probiotics):

  • Plain, low fat Greek Yogurt without added sugar
  • Plain unsweetened Milk/Soy milk (organic and non GMO).
  • Cultured Cottage Cheese (Not all brands have live cultures).
  • Kombucha Tea, made by fermenting yeasts and bacteria, results in a slightly carbonated probiotic-rich drink.  You can make this on your own or purchase at natural foods/specialty/health food grocery stores.
  • Miso, made by fermenting cooked soybeans with rice, barley, salt and a starter culture, can be used for salad dressings, soups, marinades, dips and sandwich spreads.  Look for organic/non GMO.
  • Kefir, can be marketed as a “Drinkable yogurt” but with a wider variety of cultures.  Choose plain, unflavored brands to minimize added sugars.  Use in place of milk with cereal, add to smoothie, or drink plain as post-workout option.
  • Kimchi, is fermented cabbage mixed with other ingredients popular in Asian markets and restaurants.  Use to top over eggs/burgers/sandwiches or serve as a side dish alone.
  • Sauerkraut
  • Tempeh
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Pickles/Olives

Definition Of Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are non-digestible dietary fibers.  Prebiotics help stimulate and clean out your system.

Foods rich in Prebiotics (high levels of inulins and FOS) are:

  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Bananas
  • Milk (if you have the enzyme to convert lactose to GOS)
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes beans/nuts/peas (Lentil, Peanuts, Peas, Alfalfa, Kidney Beans, Green Beans, Pinto Beans, etc.)
  • Cruciferous vegetables (Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Radishes, etc.)
  • Leafy greens (Kale, Spinach, Chard, Mustard Greens, Turnip Greens, Broccoli, Dandelion, etc.)

A consistent daily supplement for the rest of your life is the key to living a Cancer Free Life. For cancer patients its usually easier to do juicing than the above prebiotics.

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