Cancer: 9 Ways To Improve Your Gut Flora

Cancer: 9 Ways To Improve Your Gut Flora

Increasing the friendly bacteria in your gut will improve your chances of beating cancer

Consider the friendly bacteria in your body as a “soldier” against cancer. Do you know that healthy individuals carry about 11 trillion of these friendly bacteria in their GI Tract? Healthy intestinal bacteria are able to produce the B-complex vitamins in quantities and supply them to the organism in the proper amounts.  This means that the B vitamins do not necessarily have to be consumed in large amounts with our food or supplemented.

The processing and absorption of vitamins, vitamin synthesis, is the responsibility of intestinal bacteria. The process takes place in the colon, so having poor intestinal flora can cause vitamin deficiencies, as well as nullify the potential benefits of taking even the best vitamins and minerals.

There are plenty of studies that support that friendly bacteria are your best friends where cancer is concerned 

Back in 1891, it was reported in the Annals of Surgery, that Dr. William Coley had successfully employed lactic acid bacteria (friendly bacteria) in treating cancer patients. He was one of the early practitioners of alternative cancer treatment methods.

Two new studies in mice, show that some cancer therapies work better when the microbes in your body are healthy and friendly. [1]

In another study, nineteen volunteers of mixed ages drank fermented milk containing 4 x 10(10) live cells of Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota daily for 3 weeks. The results suggest that daily intake of Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota provides a positive effect on natural killer cells. [2]

Scientists found that daily administration of 0.50 mL kefir for 20 days to mice containing transplanted fusiform cell sarcomas, resulted in a significant decrease in tumour size. [3]

What is friendly bacteria ?

Friendly bacteria are single cell organisms that have the ability to convert sugar into lactic acid. They are very useful in digestion and occur abundantly in nature. They are used in the production of kimchi, kombucha, fermented milk, yogurt, kefir and cheese….and protect the host against the actions of harmful bacteria.

Types of friendly bacteria:

  • Bifidobacterium infantis (in short: B. infantis)
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum (B. bifidum)
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus)
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus (L. bulgaricus)
  • Lactobacillus bifidus (L. bifidus)

Yoghurt1. Yogurt

Scientists have found that the active culture of bacteria in yogurt, which is called Lactobacillus, actually helps to fortify the immune system. Studies have shown that the use of yogurt in the diet, triples the internal production of interferon which the immune system uses against tumor cells. Yogurt has also been shown to raise the level of natural killer cells. Raw, unpasteurized yogurt is ideal if you can handle dairy. Personally, I tend to skip dairy altogether, but you can find dairy-free yogurt options at many stores these days, some of which are made from coconut and almond milk. Be sure you’re choosing yogurt that contains live active cultures, and try to choose plain, full-fat versions in order to avoid sugar. Yogurt that contains sugar can be counterproductive, as sugars feed pathogenic bacteria and contribute to sugar overload. Cancer also feeds off of sugar.

Natto2. Natto

There are many studies published stating that natto helps prevent cancer of the breast, prostate gland, skin, and large intestine. Although nattokinase has been promoted as an alternative anticancer treatment, clinical studies have not been conducted to show that it is effective. Natto is prepared with soybeans and is fermented so it forms the beneficial bacteria Bacillus. It’s an excellent source of calcium, iron, dietary fiber, and vitamin K2. You may not have heard a lot about it, but K2 is essential for heart health as it keeps calcium out of your arteries and in your bones where it’s needed. Natto also contains nattokinase, a powerful anti-clotting agent that protects your heart and brain and lowers your blood pressure.

Kefir3. Kefir

Kefir is a bit like yogurt, except that it’s more of a drinkable consistency. Kefir also demonstrates antifungal activity against Candida, Saccharomyces, Rhodotorula, Torulopsis, Microsporum and Trichophyton species. It’s a traditional drink that has been popular for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Originally it came from the Caucasus Mountains, in the former Soviet Union in Central Asia. One study found that kefir can trigger cancer cells in the stomach to self-destruct.

Kombucha4. Kombucha

Made from tea, clean water, sugar, yeast, and bacteria, kombucha has become popular recently for its probiotic qualities. Its fizzy bite is also popular among those used to drinking soda. Research finds this fermented tea fights off E. coli and Staph bacteria in the digestive tract, possibly protecting against illness and aiding digestion. Here is a link to a personal testimony of a woman called Laraine Dave. It’s a true account of how she survived breast cancer with kombucha.

Sauerkraut5. Sauerkraut

Traditional sauerkraut preparation uses water, salt, and cabbage, and very little heat is applied to the final product in order to prevent killing off beneficial microbes. The sour taste comes from lacto-fermentation, or the breakdown of lactose by the probiotic bacteria native to the cabbage. A serving gives you a powerful dose of healthy probiotics that aid digestion. Research has found raw sauerkraut prevents cancer cells from forming because of the prolific friendly bacteria present in the product. Be sure to purchase raw sauerkraut, or better yet, make it yourself with organic cabbage and Himalayan salt.

Kimchi6. Kimchi

This spicy Asian fermented cabbage, similar to sauerkraut, provides you with loads of probiotics. Extensive research indicates it contributes to colon health, lower cholesterol, better thinking, a stronger immune system, healthy skin, and weight loss. Additional research also shows that kimchi has anti-oxidative, anti-aging, and immune supporting properties. Apart from kimchi’s probiotic effect on cancer it also heals diabetes, obesity, atopic dermatitis and gastric ulcers.

Tempeh7. Tempeh

This Indonesian ‘cake’ has a nutty flavour and chewy texture, and because of this it is often used as a replacement for meat in many vegan recipes. Traditionally made from soybeans and a yeast starter, it undergoes controlled fermentation that makes it a great source of probiotic bacteria. Tempeh is also a great source of calcium, iron, and magnesium. It is a soy product that contains numerous vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals such as isoflavones and saponins. Soy contains phytoestrogens which is a weaker plant form of body estrogen. There is still a lot of debate as to whether eating soy prevents breast cancer. Though, incidents of breast cancer tends to be much lower in Asian women who consume a lot of soy.

Mango Lassi8. Lassi

Lassi (Indian) is made by combining yogurt and milk (or water) and sometimes fruit and spices to create a great probiotic drink. It digests quickly, helps restore friendly gut bacteria, and soothes irritation in the colon. If you are going to drink lassi, it’s best to find a product using grass-fed, free-range goat milk. Goat milk tends to digest more easily. If you’re vegan, try finding lassi with organic coconut or almond milk yogurt.

Miso9. Miso

Miso can be bought in the form of a paste and made into a soup. It’s produced from fermented soy and is high in good bacteria. It basically has similar properties to the tempeh being made from soy. You can find miso at your local natural foods store or your closest Asian market.

And if none of these foods sound good to you, consider supplementing your diet with a probiotic supplements, which you can find at any natural foods store.


  1. New Scientist
  3. Wiley Online Library

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