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Your Gut Bacteria Stop Colon Cancer

I am not sure how many of you know that the number of bacteria in your cells out numbers the cells in your body by about 10 to one. We have about 6 trillion cells and there are about 60 trillion bacteria in our colon. I am absolutely convinced that balancing the bacteria in your intestine is one of the keys to health. This is one of the ways that eating sugar causes disease, by directing more of the disease-causing bacteria in the colon to grow. One of my newest insights is on the value of fermented foods that are loaded with good bacteria. They provide similar benefits as consuming an entire bottle of good bacteria, but at a fraction of the cost. I have started using them at nearly every meal for their health benefits. I hope to have regular articles on their benefits in the near future to help explain why they are so useful.

This new study provides even further scientific documentation of how good bacteria in the colon work. In an amazing model of efficiency, good bacteria in the colon produce an enzyme that releases glucose found in plant cell walls, the leftovers of broccoli and other vegetables, fruits and cereals, which cannot be digested in the small intestine. In the oxygen-less environment of the bacteria-packed colon, bacteria ferment this glucose to use for energy, which also results in the production of short-chain fatty acids, the preferred nutrients for colon cells. If you eat sugar or take antibiotics you impair this process.

Science Daily March 5, 2004

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