The October is a Breast Cancer Awareness Month and next month we have “Movember” – a Prostate Cancer Awareness campaign. For this reason I am joining in spreading the awareness with my post of how we can prevent cancer with a diet and lifestyle.
Cancer is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body, which develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working. The change is called a mutation. Old cells do not die and cells grow out of control, forming new abnormal cells.
Mutations can happen by chance when a cell is dividing. They can also be caused by the processes of life inside the cell. Or they can be caused by things coming from outside the body, such as poor diet, exposure to environmental toxins, genetics, viruses or infections, high stress levels, poor digestion and nutrient absorption, and lack of physical activity. And some people can inherit faults in particular genes that make them more likely to develop a cancer.
Studies suggest that 30 percent to 40 percent of all kinds of cancer can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and dietary measures! Cleaning up your diet and introducing those powerful cancer fighting food may bring a significant protection against cancer.
Cruciferous vegetables , like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli or kale are known to be powerful cancer killers. Many are rich in antioxidants: vitamin C and glutathione, which has high free-radical fighting abilities. Cruciferous vegetables are nutrient-dense sources of isothiocyanates that are linked to cancer prevention. They also contain sulforaphanes and indoles — strong antioxidants and stimulators of detoxifying enzymes that protect the structure of DNA.
Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin, which has been shown to decrease tumour size and fight colon and breast cancer. Use it with black pepper, which enhances turmeric absorption. Ginger, raw garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper, oregano, basil and parsley are also a great immune booster with a high anti-inflammatory properties.
Leafy greens, like spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine, arugula salad, watercress mustard greens, etc. have antibacterial and antiviral properties, which helps to reprogram cancer cells to die off, and prevent tumor formation and metastasis.
Berries, like blueberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, goji berries, camu camu and blackberries are a great supply of vitamin C, vitamin A and gallic acid, a powerful antifungal/antiviral agent that increases immunity.
Derivatives of vitamin A found in many citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, berries, pumpkin, squashes and other plant foods. One of the most researched is beta-carotene, an essential nutrient for immune functioning; detoxification; liver health; and fighting cancers of the skin, eyes and organs.
Wild small fish, including salmon, mackerel and sardines are anti-inflammatory omega-3 foods that are correlated with better brain, hormonal and nervous system health. Omega-3 fatty acids exert anti-inflammatory effects connected to cancer prevention and natural enhancement of antitumour therapies. Non animal sources of omega 3 would be chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds and seeds oils from those plants.
Good quality oils, including flax oil, extra virgin olive oil, cod oil and coconut oil will help to nourish your gut and promote better immune function. Especially a coconut oil, which has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Medicinal mushrooms, like Reishi, cordyceps and maitake in particular can improve immune function and cell regeneration. Look for them in capsule or tincture form, and cook with them whole whenever possible too.
Cultured products, like raw milk, kefir, yogurt. kimchi, sauerkraut, raw cider vinegar are a rich source of “good bacteria” probiotics, which are microorganisms that promote a natural bacterial balance in your intestinal microflora and help increase immunity.
As lifestyle factors are also playing a huge role in cancer prevention hear is some useful tips of how to improve them.
Exposure to environmental toxins can be reduced by switching our conventional beauty and cleaning products to a natural ones. Those can be found in a health stores and also you can make them yourself. Find out more from my blog post “DIY Natural Beauty Products” and “DIY Cleaning Products”.
Also, start choosing organic food produce, as the non organic one contains of pesticides, heavy metals, antibiotics, preservatives etc. – toxins to our body. Additionally important is avoiding drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, choosing the natural treatment first before starting medicating – all those are dangerous toxins accumulating in the body. Avoiding pollution is also a good idea.
High stress levels can be reduced by mindfulness, stress relieving techniques like: meditation, gratitude, earning, yoga or even walk in nature, reading a book or anything else what is relaxing you. Get adequate amount of sleep, as lack of sleep equals increased production of a stress hormone cortisol, the same like caffeine does.
Lack of physical activity is a big issue for many people who often do not realise that any physical activity is better than non. You do not have to go to the gym 5 times a week to be active. Simple things like walking the stairs instead of lift, step out the bus/train a stop earlier and walk the reming distance, go for a walk during your lunch break instead of seating down in the canteen, go play with your kids outside, do some gardening, basically anything that will get you moving.
The reming factors from the possible causes list like viruses or infections, poor digestion and nutrient absorption need to be dealt under a supervision of Nutritional Therapist or Nutritionists. Those practitioners will be able to provide appropriate functional testing and they will work with you on a personalised healing protocol.
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