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Listen to Your Gut

Scary but true, colorectal cancer is the # 1 killer for men; and the third most common cancer for women in Malaysia. It’s all about your g-u-t.

So, what is colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that develops in the colon or rectum. They are both located at the lower digestive system that form a long, muscular tube called the large intestine.

If cancer occurs in colon, it is named as colon cancer in short. Colon is 6-foot long tube that connects the small intestine to the rectum. It absorbs food and water, and stores waste.

If cancer happens in the rectum, which is an 8-inch intestine that connects the colon to the anus, it is called rectal cancer. The rectum is responsible for passing waste (stool) from the body.

When the abnormal cells grow out of control in colon or rectum, there will create a tumor, which is what commonly known as the cancer. Most colorectal cancers start in the inner lining of the colon or rectum, and then slowly growing through its layers as a growth called polyp. But not all types of polyps can turn into cancer, some of them may be harmless; however, a particular type that can develop cancer is adenoma.

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Are there any symptoms?

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You may or may not have noticed any symptoms of colorectal cancer. That’s why it is important to consult a doctor right away so that it can be found and treated early. If you do have symptoms, there may include:

  • Change in bowel habits (constipation, diarrhea, darker stool)
  • Blood in your stool
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight loss

How many stages are there?

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Stages of cancers tell how far the disease has spread throughout the body.

  • Stage 0: Cancer is in the innermost lining of the colon or rectum.
  • Stage I: The disease has grown into the muscle layer of the colon or rectum.
  • Stage II: Cancer has grown into or through the outermost layer of the colon or rectum.
  • Stage III: It has spread to one or more lymph nodes in the area.
  • Stage IV: It has spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver, lungs, or bones.

What are the causes of colorectal cancer?

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The cause of colorectal cancer is multifactorial. There are controllable and uncontrollable risk factors. Let’s break them into two groups as below:

  • Risk factors that you CAN control
  1. Overweight
  2. Lack of exercise
  3. Poor diet Too much of red meats (beef, pork, lamb, liver) and processed meats (hot dogs and luncheon meats) that are fried, grilled or cooked at high temperatures
  4. Low intake in fruits and vegetables
  5. Heavy alcohol use
  6. Smoking
  • Risk factors that you CANNOT control
  1. Age (higher risk on people with older than 50)
  2. Family history
  3. Polyps or inflammatory bowel disease
  4. Racial and ethical background
  5. Type 2 diabetes

How to prevent?

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Medical experts are not sure on ways to prevent colorectal cancer, but they agreed on things that we could do to help lower the risk.

  1. Build healthy habits
    • Eat nutritious diet that is high in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, low in red meats and processed foods, and control your body fat can prevent 45% of colorectal cancers.
  2. Exercise
    • Physical active people have 24% lower chance of getting colorectal cancer. Actively moving around even just by short walking, jogging, doing housework would be helpful.

Eat this – Foods that are good for your gut

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Eating the right foods can help to stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut and boost digestive health. Probiotics, also known as good bacteria, is responsible for maintaining gut health. A healthy balance of good bacteria in your gut can prevent inflammation of the gut (which can cause inflammatory bowel disease), burn your body fat, reduce your chances of insulin resistance and maintain your overall health. Therefore, consume foods with probiotics is great to way to restore and improve your gut bacteria. Here are some of the most powerful probiotic foods that you want to add to your daily diet:

  • Fermented vegetables
    • Kimchi, sauerkraut, carrots, green beans, beets, lacto-fermented pickles, traditional cured Greek olives
  • Fermented soybeans
    • Miso, natto, tempeh
  • Cultured dairy products
    • Buttermilk, yogurt, kefir, cheese
  • Cultured nondairy products
    • Yogurts and kefirs made from organic soy, coconut, etc.
  • Fermented grains and beans
    • lacto-fermented lentils, chickpea, miso, etc.
  • Fermented beverages
    • Kefirs and kombuchas
  • Fermented condiments
    • Raw apple cider vinegar

Now let’s listen to your gut! Understand your body well by changing your lifestyle, having healthy diet and exercise to prevent the possibility of having colorectal cancer. The take home message is to immediately seek for medical help if you notice any symptoms so that you can get treatment at any early stage. It is such a cliché but important to know “prevention is better than cure”.

 

Self-Check: – Are You Getting What You Need ?

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What is SoyLAC?

SoyLac is a type of food but not medicine that helps to maintain healthy intestines and strengthen body immune system.

The main ingredient of SoyLAC is Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) Extract Fermentation, which fermented with high quality and safe (agriculture chemical free) organic soya bean milk, citric and lactic acid. These ingredients can help to stimulate the growing of good bacteria and prevent the production of harmful bacteria in your body. To improve high quality, SoyLAC go through a long fermentation period of 1-year at a fixed temperature and humidity.

Why taking SOYLAC is important to your body?

LAB helps to clean out the intestines, and repair damaged intestinal cells, which provide benefits to the below:

  • Improve digestive system
  • Increase nutrient absorption
  • Minimize allergic reactions
  • Lower urinary protein
  • Blood purification
  • Improve skin complexion
  • Detoxification

Who should take SoyLAC?

SoyLAC can consume by all genders and ages, especially people with:

  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Cancers
  • Allergy disorder
  • Poor lifestyle related diseases

It is safe to consume for a long-term to build stronger foundation and maintain healthy body. For severe cases, you may consult medical advisors before consuming SoyLAC.

For more information or to purchase O’Forest SoyLAC, please visit: www.bmsorganics.com

Sources:
1) American Cancer Society
2) WebMD.com
3) Prevention

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