CANCER, CANCER, CANCER—there is hardly a health journal or a health magazine that doesn’t contain some write-up on one or the other type of cancer. No other disease has jolted the human race to the level that this disease has. Online medical diagnosis suggests that no one is immune to the ravages of this menace. Today every one in three persons is having cancer or are prone to it compared to one in twenty in the last century.
Every now and then we come across such articles
–Consumption of coffee is associated with a reduced risk of liver cancer.
–A high-salt diet is linked to gastric cancer, aflatoxin B1, a frequent food contaminate, with liver cancer, and Betel nut chewing with oral cancer.
–Studies have linked consumption of red or processed meat to an increased risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, and pancreatic cancer.
Did you notice something common in these findings: every type of cancer mentioned on that list is associated with some or the other type of food item. With the ongoing research, it is rather clear that lifestyle change can play a role in cancer prevention. Scientists believe that it’s easier to prevent cancer than to treat it successfully once it gets established in the body. The good news that can be inferred from this is that you can decrease the risk of cancer or increase your chances of recuperating from it by following the following stratagem.
- Raw is right: Eat raw food (at least one-third of your total intake). Avoid frying or charbroiling ; boil, simmer or steam your foods as an alternative. Add cancer-fighting whole foods, herbs, spices and supplements to your diet, such as broccoli, curcumin and resveratrol.
- Avoid Carbohydrates: Abolish all processed foods, sugar/fructose and grain-based foods from your diet or at least reduce the amount. All sugar, particularly fructose, nourishes cancer cells and helps in their progression. Your total fructose intake should not exceed 25 grams daily. Whole unprocessed organic grains have a tendency to quickly break down and boost your insulin level, so include them in your diet.
- Less Protein and quality Fats: Swap excess proteins with high-quality fats, such as organic eggs from pastured hens, high-quality meats, avocados, and coconut oil.
- Shun GMOs: Genetically engineered foods are treated with herbicides and thus are carcinogenic in nature. Choose fresh, organic, preferably locally grown foods for their health benefits.
- Animal-Based Omega-3 fats: Reduce your intake of processed vegetable oils. Regulate your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats.
Include Natural Probiotics Eating naturally fermented food daily is a simple way to ward off cancer or pace up it’s recovery. You can also add a high-quality probiotic supplement, but there is no substitute to naturally fermented foods.
- Diet and Exercise: Diet, physical inactivity, and obesity are often coupled with cancer deaths. In fact excess body weight causes many types of cancer. Sedentary lifestyle is believed to add to cancer risk through negative effects on immune system and endocrine system. Over nutrition causes more harm than eating less healthy foods. Low sugar surroundings discourage the growth and spread of cancer cells: this can be achieved by lowering insulin levels by exercise. Exercise is known to change the immune cells into more powerful disease-fighting agents in cancer survivors, especially in chemotherapy patients.
Researchers and cancer organizations recommend regular exercise to reduce your risk of cancer, and help improve cancer effect. Research also suggests that exercise can instigate apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells for which your exercise program should preferably include balance, strength, flexibility, high intensity interval training.
- Expose your body to Vitamin D: Researchers all over the world have established the role of vitamin D in guarding us against serious health concerns one of which is cancer (mainly breast, colon and prostate cancers). Vitamin D has the potential to decrease your risk of cancer by more than half, supported by scientific evidence.
- Take enough sleep: There is nothing more invigorating than a good night’s sleep. Not getting a good sleep can impede your melatonin production, which is directly linked to insulin resistance and weight gain. Both of these add to cancer’s virility.
- Limit Exposure to Toxins: Environmental toxins like pesticides, herbicides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners, toxic cosmetics, shampoos and soaps can cause cancer. So, stay away from them as much as possible.
- Stay away from harmful Radiation: Radiations can also cause cancer. Ironically radiation is also one of the treatment options. But save yourself from harmful radiation produce by cell phones, towers, base stations, and Wi-Fi stations—they can cause cancer. Avoid exposure to radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms as well.
- Manage your stress: Stress is also a key that overpowers this disease. As cancer is a disease of mind and body, staying away from stress will fasten their recovery.
- Try herbs: Certain studies suggest that green tea extracts and aloe vera are helpful in preventing and also curing cancer. It works on the theory of increasing oxygen levels in blood which results in the death of carcinogens thus curing you of the fatal diseases.
A healthy lifestyle can ensure that we live a cancer free life. Prove it: if cancer is a menace, we can curb it and under no circumstances will fall prey to it.