The human microbiota is made up of trillions of cells, including bacteria, viruses, and funguses. The largest populations of microbes reside in our gut: the gut microbiota. The microorganisms living inside the gastrointestinal tract are also known as gut flora.
Microflora in the gastrointestinal tracts of healthy individuals differs from those found in diseased individuals. The beneficial microflora in the gastrointestinal tract are called probiotics, which means “for life.”
Our bodies are constantly trying to achieve a state of equilibrium in gut flora. There is an immense body of research showing the benefits of balanced gut bacteria in many areas of health.
There are many factors in our modern lifestyle that can shift the gut flora balance to bad gut bacteria. These include the consumption of commercially processed foods, antibiotics, stress, and chlorine and fluoride in drinking water. This results in poor gut health, sickness, and obesity.
Probiotics have proven health-promoting benefits. One of these benefits is the reduced risk of cancer. There are many ways that probiotics reduce the risk of cancer, including aiding with detoxification, improving apoptosis (death of cancer cells), inhibiting tumor growth, and stimulating the immune system.
Fermented foods are excellent sources of these healthy probiotics. Fermented foods are filled with concentrated nutrients, probiotics, and good bacteria.
This article will explain what fermented foods are, sources of fermented foods, and 5 ways that fermented foods may reduce the risk of cancer.
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