In this article we are going to talk about how we can decrease the side effects of chemotherapy by consuming probiotics.
Our life begins with a cell, which multiplies rapidly. Thus we take our human form, organs develop and grow during our development.
Throughout our life, old cells mature and new ones are born, however, when damaged cells start to grow and multiply uncontrollably, they give rise to cancer.
In order to find the possible cause of cancer, several studies have been carried out which point to it being the result of our genetics with environmental factors such as exposure to UV rays, diet, exposure to chemicals and some infections.
When undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy as a cancer treatment, up to 80% of patients present diarrhea, one of the most common and annoying symptoms.
To eliminate the cancer and prevent it from continuing to grow, taking over different parts of the body, it is necessary to remove the cancer by surgery or by radiotherapy or chemotherapy to ensure its eradication.
Chemotherapy treats many types of cancer effectively, but it can cause side effects that are very bothersome or even more harmful than the cancer itself.
This is because it acts differently depending on the type of cancer, the drugs and doses administered and, above all, the patient's general state of health.
Why does chemotherapy cause side effects?
Active cancer cells are growing and chemotherapy acts directly on them, but also on active healthy cells at the same time, for example, healthy cells in the mouth, blood, digestive tract and hair follicles, which causes side effects.
What are the side effects of chemotherapy?
The most common symptoms are diarrhea or, conversely, constipation and unintentional weight loss, most of the symptoms alter the digestive and immune system.
When diarrhea is present, treatment or doses are delayed because it can complicate the disease as it causes dehydration and malnutrition, impairing quality of life and causing permanent changes in digestion.
How can the side effects of chemotherapy be reduced?
Most of the symptoms are related to the digestive and immune system, so you can get help from microorganisms called probiotics.
Probiotics are good bacteria that are present in our body to provide us with benefits, from prenatal development to old age. The main function of probiotics is to regulate the colonization of pathogenic (bad) bacteria in our body, generating immunological effects, resulting in increased resistance to disease.
Another benefit of probiotics is to reduce the risk of diabetes, prevent cardiovascular diseases, control body weight, improve nutrient absorption and mainly improve gastrointestinal activity.
The intestinal microbiota plays a very important role in disease prevention.
When dysbiosis (imbalance of good and bad bacteria) is generated, different disorders such as ulcers, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammation, among others, occur.
If we relate probiotics with cancer we can realize that they are a great ally to control diarrhea, maintain an internal and stable balance in the intestine, as well as regulate the immune response.
In fact, probiotics are considered to have an anticarcinogenic effect with regular consumption, preventing alterations in the intestinal microbiota that produce carcinogens (all substances that cause cancer).
Probiotics help to improve the metabolic activities of the microbiota and the physicochemical conditions of the colon, thus providing an antioxidant effect, ultimately stimulating the process of natural cell death (apoptosis).
Studies found in Cellular and molecular effects of yeast probiotics on cancer. Critical Reviews in Microbiology by Alipour, B., Faghfoori, Z., & Yari Khosroushahi, A of 2017 suggest the specific consumption of some strains as adjuvants in cancer treatment. In addition to gastrointestinal health to feel total wellness.
Mainly lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus paracasei, lactobacillus rhamnosus, bifidobacterium Logum among others. These probiotic strains produce anticancer effects by neutralizing bacterial virulence (the number of microorganisms necessary to cause disease), interfering with bacterial adhesion, strengthening the tight junctions of enterocytes (to prevent the passage of toxins), redistribution of immune cells and consequently a better immune response.
These strains can be found in different forms, but to be really effective it is best to consume them in a medium that ensures that the bacteria remain alive and metabolically active.
In XAVIAX, in addition to guaranteeing this medium, agave inulin is added as a prebiotic (the bacteria's food, to favor their growth and reproduction) as well as nutrients, specially selected to improve nutrition.
These products are a great support in the process of dealing with cancer, it should be noted that it should not be exclusive, but an auxiliary of its treatment. Likewise, the benefits of probiotics, especially those of XAVIAX, can be enjoyed by any healthy person to prevent diseases and pathologies. In addition to gastrointestinal health to feel a total well-being.