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.
- Dark Chocolate
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:
- 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.