When you use antibiotics there is a great risk, as their method of action is wiping out the bacteria in your gut. When this happens, you not only eliminate the bacteria that caused your infection but in addition, you are killing off the good bacteria that make up your microbiome!
Research shows that not only do antibiotics fundamentally alter the gut microbiome by curbing the diversity and reducing hostile bacteria, but also healthy bacteria that are anti-inflammatory, causing risk for colon cancer development.
So, what can I do about this?
First of all, everybody over 50 should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. If they find one or two polyps (which they will remove) and even if they are benign, your doctor should recommend a follow-up, instead of another 10 years it will now be at 5-year intervals.
Second, you should consider alternatives to antibiotics such as Turmeric, a natural form of antibiotic. Turmeric/Curcumin has been used as an anti-inflammatory for the past 5000 years and there are no toxic side effects. Vitamin D and magnesium are a must along with Essiac which are all beneficial to your immune system.
Third, you can protect your colon health by eating prunes, which can build up your gut bacteria. In addition, fiber is very important in that for every 10 grams of fiber you add to your diet, your risk of colon cancer decreases by 10%. You will find that Veggies are your best source of fiber. Also, Flax seeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds provide valuable sources of fiber. Fermented foods are also extremely helpful in protecting your gut.
It is also important to recognize that exercise can significantly reduce your risk of colon cancer as studies revealed that active men and women have about a 30 to 40% reduction in risk of developing colon cancer compared to inactive persons.
You must also limit your Alcohol intake and lose weight. It is so very important to lose “excess belly fat” as this is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer regardless of your body weight. Let’s work on those abs!
To your health!