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Gut Microbes Help Immunotherapy Treatment

Researchers have discovered that people whose cancer responded to immunotherapy treatment had more diversity in the types of bacteria found in their gut, a finding that may hold promise for treating people’s gut bacteria, such as giving antibiotics, probiotics or a fecal transplant before immunotherapy, to increase benefits of new immunotherapy drugs, Onmedica reports.

With this news, once again the importance of nourishing your gut health has come to light. As the news pours in, you might wonder what you can do to help your gut health. One of the best and least expensive ways to optimize your gut microbiome is to eliminate sugars and processed sugars and eat traditionally fermented foods, but probiotic supplements can also be beneficial.

Staying away from sugars is especially important because few things fertilize and accelerate the growth of pathogenic microbes better than sugar: Bad bacteria LOVE sugars, so be sure to eat real food, complex carbohydrates and fiber to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Fermented foods in particular are excellent choices for good gut health.

If you need to balance your gut bacteria or reset your microbiome right after, for example, a bout of antibiotics, probiotics can help boost immune cell activity. If you take probiotics, make sure it’s a reputable brand. Look for a potency count (CFUs) of 50 billion or higher.

Choose a non-GMO product containing multiple species of bacteria, as high diversity tends to be associated with better health. That said, products containing species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria are generally recommended.