Updated: Feb 3
Cancer affects millions of people each year. The good news is there are certain foods that can help flight cancer and lower the risk. Cancer can be caused due to many factors like genetics/hereditary reasons, poor diet, toxin exposure and nutrient deficiencies. One extremely important way to prevent or treat cancer is using nutrition.
I am a firm believer of using food as medicine.
In this video I want to share the top cancer flighting foods. By eating a nutrient dense diet full of cancer fighting foods and avoiding things that are known to increase cancer risk you can lower the risk of cancer.
The modern day food system is overwhelming. Some of the every day foods are ultra processed and lead to chronic health related problems like caner, diabetes, reduced kidney function and heart problems. Studies show that in order to overcome a disease, nutrition therapy play a key role in boosting your immune system, gut health and nourishing your body with the vital nutrients it needs to become healthy.
Please note this video is not substitute for medical advice and if you are currently suffering with cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy always check with your doctor before making any changes.
Although some studies show that combination of conventional treatment along with nutritional therapy can help support the entire body and mind in the healing process, which can sometimes be long and very difficult. When it comes to cancer prevention, more research is still needed.
Let me start by sharing the types of foods and ingredients that you should avoid and cancer fighting foods that you need to include in your diet.
Foods to Avoid
Inflammation is the underlying issue that can trigger cancerous tumours initiation, progression and growth. Studies show that 30-40% of all kinds of cancer can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and dietary measure.
1. Processed meat - Processed meats are those that have been treated, altered or preserved to improve taste and prolong freshness. They can contain additives like nitrates and very high sodium If the meat is prepared by salting, curing or smoking avoid it.
2. Fried, Burnt and Overly Cooked Foods
Acrylamide which is a toxin that is found in overly cooked plant foods like potato and grain products such as French fries, potato chips. A chemical reaction occurs when certain starchy foods are cooked above 250 F. This causes sugar and amino acid asparagine to create acrylamide.
3. Added Sugar
Sugar can do more than increase your calorie intake and contribute to to an expanding waistline. High consumption of added sugar has been associated with increased risk of cancer.
4. Foods High in Additives
Studies show that foods additives are linked with colon cancer. The ingredients in food additives change the composition of gut microbiome causing inflammation, intruding with function of immune system.
Top Cancer Fighting Foods:
Eating a healthy diet is number one when it comes to cancer prevention.
1. Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy greens are exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes yet low in calories, fats, sodium and toxins. All kinds of leafy greens are rich in antioxidants known to combat cancer, including vitamin C and beta carotene (type of Vitamin A). As natural sources of glycosinolates, they also contain antibacterial and antivirus properties, inactivate carcinogens that help reprogram cancer cells to die off and prevent tumour formation. These break down during the chewing and digestion process into biologically active compounds that prevent caner cells growth.
2. Cruciferous Vegetables
These are known to be powerful cancer killers and some of the best Vitamin C foods widely available. Many are rich in antioxidants. Add one or two kinds - including Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage or Brussels sprouts, onions, zucchini, asparagus, artichokes, peppers, carrots and beets.
Berries are some of the high-antioxidant foods in the world. Blueberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, goji berries and blackberries supply Vitamin C, Vitamin A which increases immunity and also contain anti-aging properties.
4. Brightly Orange Coloured Fruits and Vegetables
Brightly coloured pigments found in plant foods are a sign that they are full of phytochemical especially carotenoid antioxidants. Citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, berries, pumpkin, squashes and other plant foods. When it comes to carbohydrates rich vegetables, studies show that complex carbs including sweet potatoes, carrots, beetroots and whole grain foods have proven to recuse risk of several types of cancer, particularly the upper digestive tract.
5. Fresh Herbs and Spices
Turmeric which contains the active ingredient cur cumin is one of the most powerful ingredients in an anti-cancer diet. It has been sown to fight colon and breast cancer. Along with easy to use black pepper, turmeric absorption is enhanced and better able to fight inflammation. Other herbs that act as immune system boosters include finger, raw garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper, oregano, basil and parsley.
6. Vitamin B12 Rich Foods
Organic meat is recommended in many cancer-fighting diets since they’re considered some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the plants and extremely high in Vitamin B12. Slow cooked meat and bone broth can cleanse the liver and enhance the ability to remove toxins from the blood and digestive tract.
7. Cultured Dairy Products
Cultured dairy products are a rich source of good bacteria probiotics. Over 80 percent of your immune system is housed in your gut, so it is no surprise that probiotic foods and supplements can reduce the risk of cancer. Most dairy today is loaded with hormones, antibiotics, pain killers and pesticide residue, so buying organic is important. Cultured dairy is also a great source of calcium which when combined with D3 may reduce the risk of caner by 35 to 60 percent. Sunlight exposure and cod liver oil are great sources of vitamin D that help with calcium absorption.
8. Nuts and Seeds
Chia seeds and flaxseeds are two most nutrient dense seeds in the world. They provide fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and a range of important minerals. Hemp seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are also beneficial and full of healthy fatty acids. Also nuts like walnuts, brazil nuts and almonds. Soak the nuts and seeds overnight to maximise the health benefits.
9. Healthy unrefined oils
Did you know about 60% of your nervous system is made up of fatty acids? The problem is that many of the conventional processes fats and oils these days are hydrogenated oils that are capable of destroying the membranes of our cells learning to diseased cells and toxicity.
Refined fats create problems throughout the body, leading to lower immune function, cell congestion and inflammation that can cause diseases. Replace refined vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils with quality oils like coconut oil (unrefined), extra virgin olive oil and flax seed oil. Olive oil contains phytonutrients that seem to reduce inflammation in the body. It may reduce the risk of breast and colorectal cancers. These nourish your gut and promote better immune function. health you reach and maintain healthy weight.
Mushrooms are known to be immune-enhances and many have been used to fight cancer. They can improve immune function, fight tumour growth and help with cell regeneration. Cook them whole whenever possible and try not to boil them or overcook them.
11. Traditional Teas
Green tea contains compounds that have been shown to inhibit tumour growth. While all traditional teas seem to be beneficial the most significant effects on human health have been attributed to green tea such as matcha green tea.
12. Omega 3 Rich Foods
Wild caught salmon, mackerel and sardines are high in anti-inflammatory omega 3 foods that are correlated with better brain, hormonal and nervous system health. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects and connected with cancer prevention. If you are a vegetarian you can take omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
Cancer Fighting Supplements
- Omega 3 Fatty acids
- Vitamins C
- Vitamin B12/B Vitamin Complex
- Pancreatic enzymes
- Vitamin D
- Potassium compound
You don’t need to take all these vitamins. Check with your doctor or a qualified nutritionist on which ones you need.
Other ways to Increase Effectiveness of an anti-cancer diet
1. Lower your Toxin Load - electromagnetic waves (cellphones, tv, computer screen, microwaves), commercial health and beauty products, household cleaners, unnecessary medication, plastics.
2. Drink Clean Filtered water - Tap water can contain many harmful metals and pollutants. Bottled water is even less regulated and it not necessarily a good alternative. Buy a filter that can be used at home to remove chlorine, fluoride and other pollutants.
3. Cook Foods at lower Temperatures and avoid burnt foods. Avoid frying your foods. Reduce fast foods, french fries, chips, cakes, cereals and crackers.
4. Avoid Processed Grains and Added Sugar - Our bodies make best use of foods in its natural state which is why added sugar makes it difficult to break down and can cause gut problems.
5. Get Enough Sunshine and Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that acts similarly to a hormone in our bodies. The best way to naturally obtain enough is through direct exposure to the sun, although eating Vitamin D rich foods like salmon and eggs can help as can taking high quality supplement.
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