We need at least 85% beneficial microbes to 15 % pathological microbes to be healthy. Antibiotics can disrupt this relationship.
We are living in a symbiosis with about 100 trillion microbes that live in and on our bodies. These microbes weigh about two to three pounds. These microbes are much smaller than our body cells, which we only have about 10 trillion of. Yes, as strange as that may seem, our body microbes outnumber our body cells ten to one.
We provide food for our microbes and they help digest food and synthesize beneficial nutrients that we in turn use to be healthy. We need our microbes to survive.
When we are born, our guts contain no microbes. The first seeding of the but microbiome occurs as we pass through the birth canal and ingest our mother’s bacteria.
How to Build Up Your Microbiome from “The Truth About Cancer”
Building up your gut microbiome is the way to prevent cancer, fight cancer and live a longer, healthier life overall. There are three important “PILLARS” of fighting cancer… all of which help to improve gastrointestinal system health.
PILLAR ONE – Emotional Cleansing: Stress is known in the traditional and alternative communities as a major cause of inflammation. It is one thing everyone agrees on (though traditional medicine’s answer is another prescription). Inflammation is a building block of all known diseases. In other words, stress will kill you through cancer, heart attack, or autoimmune disease − if you allow it to control your life.
PILLAR TWO – Detoxification: Personal pollution is as dire as environmental pollution, and we are surrounded by both at every turn. There are a host of contaminants in our soil, water, and air. That means these toxins are also in our food supply. The control lies with you. You can control what you put on your body, what you put in your body, and how you maintain the environments you live in most (your home and work space). Then you need to work on removing the toxic soup inside you so you can start with a clean slate.
PILLAR THREE – Diet: Anyone (medical professional or otherwise) who tells you that diet does not affect your health or ability to fight disease is a liar. Period. Diet is everything. What you choose to put in your mouth may mean the difference between life and death. So much of our poor gut health is linked to what we eat and drink.
Once that’s done, you’ll need a two-phase attack on diet:
Phase One: Incorporate the food source that healthy gut bacteria eat to survive, in the form of pre-biotics. Jerusalem artichokes, chicory, garlic, onions, leek, shallots, asparagus, beetroot, dandelion greens, fennel, peas, cabbage, nuts and seeds.
Phase Two: Incorporate a variety of probiotic foods to diversify the healthy bacteria in your gut. Active-culture yogurt, kefir, kombucha tea, tempeh, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickled veggies (in brine – not vinegar), fermented meat (eg. corned beef) and fish (sardines).