Is ‘Gut Health’ Really THAT Important?

Mar 24, 2021

Gut health.

It’s not something many of us thought about 10 years ago. (I know I didn’t!) When it came to health concerns our conversations didn’t start with, . . .”My aunt just found out she has gut diasbosis.”

So why has gut health become such a hot topic? And. . .is it really THAT important?

Why is gut health important?

Gut microbiota is the collective name for the the trillions of microbes that live in your digestive tract. These guys are so important they’re considered one of your body’s three brains (the others being your head and your heart).

According to neurologist Dr. Perlmutter, your health depends on your gut. [1] Studies have shown that a person’s gut microbiota can affect obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, immunity, and cancer. And that’s just the beginning. [2, 3]

Gut health and cancer

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, in 2012 there was an estimated 14.1 million cancer cases, and that number is expected to increase to 24 million by 2035. [4] That’s insane! Even now there’s hardly one of us who can say we don’t know someone who’s had to battle cancer.

Research is continually coming to light that shows us our gut health has a lot more to do with cancer than we thought.

Researchers from a UCLA study found that beneficial gut bacteria has on impact on the development of different types of cancer (leukemia, lymphomas, and others). The team of researchers used mice with mutated genes which create a susceptibility to a neurologic disorder called ataxia telangiectasia. This disorder is linked to the increase in various cancers. By the end of their study, researchers said their findings, “lend credence to the notion that manipulating microbial composition could be used as an effective strategy to prevent or alleviate cancer susceptibility.” [5, 6]

With sufficient research support, the vast genomic and metabolic potential of the gut microbiota may be realized as the most powerful weapon in the 40-plus year war on cancer.

In an article published in Genes & Diseases, the authors stated that “Based on current understandings of the roles of microbiota in GI cancer, targeting the gut microbiota is a promising avenue in order to prevent cancer or at least stop the increase of cancerous cells.” [7]

Researchers studying gut microbiota and colon cancer put it best when they said, “With sufficient research support, the vast genomic and metabolic potential of the gut microbiota may be realized as the most powerful weapon in the 40-plus year war on cancer.” [8]

How do I create a healthy gut?

So how do we harness the potential of our gut bacteria? By creating a healthy gut environment. Perhaps you’ve been starting to eat healthier, making sure you’re getting enough sleep, getting more exercise, and even taking probiotics. All healthy steps to be sure!

And if dealing with candida overgrowth is your specific concern, and having a step-by-step protocol and accountability is what you need, check out our program, Kicking Candida.

 

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Resources:

[1] (Oct. 2016). “Can gut bacteria improve your health?” Harvard Health Publications. Retrieved March 17, 2017, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/can-gut-bacteria-improve-your-health

[2] “Your Health Depends on on Your Gut Bacteria.” Dr. Perlmutter Empowering Neurologist. Retrieved March 17, 2017, from http://www.drperlmutter.com/health-depends-gut-bacteria/

[3] Al-Ghalith, G.A. (2015). The Guts of Obesity: Progress and Challenges in Linking Gut Microbes to Obesity. Discovery Medicine.

[4] “Worldwide Data.” World Cancer Research Fund International. Retrieved March 16, 2017, from http://www.wcrf.org/int/cancer-facts-figures/worldwide-data

[5] University of California – Los Angeles Health Sciences. (2016, April 13). “Gut bacteria could help prevent cancer.” ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 16, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160413151108.htm

[6] Cheema AK, Maier I, Dowdy T, Wang Y, Singh R, Ruegger PM. (April 13, 2016). “Chemopreventive Metabolites Are Correlated with a Change in Intestinal Microbiota Measured in A-T Mice and Decreased Carcinogenesis.” PLoS ONE. Retrieved March 16, 2017, from http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0151190#pone.0151190.ref025

[7] Sun J, Kato I. (April 13, 2016). “Gut microbiota, inflammation and colorectal cancer.” Science Direct. Retrieved March 16, 2017 from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352304216300083.

[8] Sears, C., Garrett, W. (2014). Microbes, Microbiota, and Colon Cancer. Cell Host & Microbe, Volume 15, Issue 3, 317–328

 

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