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cancer, and the growing evidence for a relationship
between gut dysbiosis and breast, liver and other
cancers. This implies that the inflammatory effects
of dysbiosis are not just local: they can influence
tissue health and immune processes much deeper
into the body.
Cancer, microbes and stress
Some of these pathways have been explored,
and there is still much more research to be done.
I'm particularly fascinated by the relationship
between gut bacteria, your stress responses and
inflammation. For example, your balance of gut
bacteria, as well as any probiotic supplements you
may take, have been shown to have an effect on the
HPA axis, the chain of command that kick-starts the
adrenals into a stress response. In the long term, an
over-activated HPA axis changes the way your body
responds to messages to calm down inflammation
­ in fact it starts to ignore them. So this is one way
in which your gut bacteria might influence tissue
health and your immune responses throughout
your body.
Microbiome nourishing diet
The diet that will provide the most nourishing home
(microbiome) for your bacteria and other microbes
will be slightly, or sometimes hugely, different to
the next person. It will vary according to season,
climate, stress levels and more. A good nutritional
therapist will help you figure this out.
The key aims with diet are to:
· make changes gradually, continually listening
to your body to register how it feels
· be hydrating
· help provide an environment that is pH friendly
(which does not mean just eating alkalising
foods, or juicing lots of lemons!)
· be low in irritating, inflammatory components,
and rich in anti-inflammatory foods
· provide small amounts of fermented foods to
provide further sources of beneficial bacteria
(too much may kill off pathogenic bacteria too
quickly, creating a battleground of inflammation
in your gut)
· provide appropriate levels and forms of
carbohydrates (perhaps avoiding refined sugars
and carbohydrates, and excessive amounts of
grains, for example)
Probiotics
With probiotic supplements, it's also a good idea to
start gently, build up mindfully, and back off every
now and again. This is especially true of some of the
super clever formulae you can now get that also
contain things like fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
that feed your bacteria, and serrapeptase that
destroys the biofilm that many of your microbes
produce to form strong colonies. Remember that
your beneficial bacteria form biofilm too, so you
may not wish to take this longterm.
So that's a very brief dive into a broad and
fascinating topic. If you'd like to explore this more,
please get in touch via my website.
Scientific references available on request from
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removal of a tumour
alkalise
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alkaline,
alkalinity)
procedure or substance tha
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reduces acidity in the body
allogeneic
from a compa
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anabolism
(ana
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meta
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tissue,
requiring energ
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anaemia
deficiency in red blood cells or in
their haemoglobin content,
resulting
in weariness and pale complexion
anaerobic
living without oxygen; refers to cells
tha
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producing energ
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cancer cells
use glucose instead
angiogenesis
(ang
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process b
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through invading surrounding tissue
with minute new blood vessels
antigen
toxin or f
oreign substance used to
induce an immune response,

i.e.
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antioxidant
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DNA dama
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wasting syndrome; significant loss
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carcinoma
invasive tumour orig
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process of breaking down or
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simple compounds,
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chela
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trea
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large and diverse g
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proteins tha
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of other cells and are a crucial
component of immune response
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rela
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dissolution of a cell
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toxic to cells
differentia
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normal process whereb
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e.g.
skin cells,
liver cells
endocrine
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of glands tha
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directl
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carried towards a distant target organ
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study of blood,
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maintenance of sta
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various environmental conditions,

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hyperthermia
trea
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entire body to high tempera
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to weaken or kill cancer cells (not
to be confused with hypothermia,
severe loss of body tempera
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hypoxia
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