This week we have another insightful piece from Lauren, a 29 year old junior doctor when she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, who is now celebrating one year NED. Here she discusses her obsession with gut health and why it is so important...
Where My Obsession With My Gut Health Began
The Initial Gut Microbiome And Immunotherapy Research (2015)
Turning My Attention To My Gut Health Before Starting Immunotherapy
Key Diet Changes
- The best way to keep your gut microbiome healthy is to make sure you’re getting a healthy mix of probiotics and prebiotics in your diet.
- Although taking a probiotic supplement is also helpful, there are plenty of studies that suggest oral probiotics struggle to make a huge difference to the microbiome (compared to the impact of fecal transplants).
- Simply changing our diets to include plenty of fibre, reducing refined sugars and not eating processed foods, can help improve the balance of bacteria in the gut.
- You can easily load up on probiotics by eating certain foods (e.g. sauerkraut, kefir, miso, apple cider vinegar, sourdough bread).
- Prebiotics are things like garlic, leeks, chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus and under-ripe bananas.
- Research also suggests that omega-3 fats (found in oily fish) affect the microbiome in positive ways.
- It’s a great idea to try and fast for at least 12 hours overnight too. There’s lots of evidence to suggest this helps support a healthy gut microbiome.
The Latest Research (2017)
The Microbiome: The Future Of Cancer Treatment?
You can read more inspirational and informative posts on Lauren's blog, www.laurencara.com.
Please make sure you tell your own doctor before you start taking a daily probiotic – especially if you are undergoing cancer treatment.