Cancer is a frightening illness, and even hearing the word can be scary. The truth is that we all carry cancer cells in our bodies. The question is whether or not those cells are going to grow into tumors or not.
My friend Susan Silberstein over at BeatCancer.org believes as I do “that 90% of all cancers can be eliminated through environment & lifestyle choices alone, and science agrees.” Genetics plays only a small role, and genes can be turned on or off depending on our diet and lifestyle choices. Thus, it’s comforting to know that there are dietary ways that can help you prevent and fight cancer. Here is Mother Nature’s cancer prescription.
There are a few wise, general rules to follow in any cancer-preventing or cancer-fighting diet.
First, variety is essential. Second, that variety needs to be plant-based, meaning the greater variety of fruits and vegetables you consume, the better. Third, the variety of plants you eat need to be whole and natural, not processed (in other words, buy a bunch of fresh, organic spinach rather than a package frozen, prepared spinach dip). Fourth, you want to try to keep your body in an alkaline state as much possible and fifth, you want to try to keep your bodies inflammation down.
Cancer can’t live in an alkaline state so trying to focus your diet on foods that help promote alkalinity is one important key. Dr. Jacquilen Tomas-Ali, ND over at BeatCancer.org says the following “There will be occasions when you will eat foods that are considered more acidic. Eat those foods on a limited basis. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods. Once health is restored, to maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods.”
|Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.)||Green Leafy Vegetables (collards, kale, spinach, etc.)|
|Berries (blueberries, strawberries, etc.)||Carrots|
|Lemons & Limes||Cucumbers|
|Figs & Dates||Cabbage & Brussels Sprouts|
|Papaya||As many raw vegetables as possible|
In addition, include lots of good quality drinking water. Cancer also loves sugar so trying to keep your sugar load down is also another important key. Applying these general guidelines to all the foods you buy will go a long way in promoting cancer prevention.
So now let’s look at some of those food and spice choices that follow the guidelines above:
Remember the song about “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme”? That combination of herbs makes an excellent anti-cancer blend. All four of these flavor-enhancers have anti-cancer properties. Rosemary in particular is under scrutiny as a cancer therapy due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity.
Bear in mind, too, that the National Institutes in Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day and if you are a person who exercises three-four times a week you will need more like nine-fourteen. Here’s where a blender can come in very handy – you can toss in five different fruits and veggies, add some filtered water, and create a healthful smoothie.
Michele Broad NP-C