Cancer. A scary term that can have a huge impact on an individuals' life. Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in various parts of the body and it is the second leading cause of death in our world. Whether you are someone who has just been diagnosed, someone who has been going through their cancer journey for a while, or even a person trying to protect yourself against cancer, the good news is that food can be a tool to help prevent some of the devastating effects of cancer. It can even be a key component to decreasing your chances of cancer as well as help fight your way back to more optimal health.
Food is a powerful tool, even though many of us don’t think to use food as a means for helping us heal from disease. There are even cancer communities (60,000 plus people) who use food as their main source of medicine to fight cancer. It is such a powerful tool that food has been proven in multiple studies to help prevent, halt, and in some instances reverse the effects of cancer. And not just cancer, but many other chronic diseases as well.
So, what should you be putting in your body? Nowadays there are so many conflicting and different approaches. When thinking of helping your body heal, there are so many delicious and effective options out there to help achieve wellness.
Cancer tends to grow in acidic environments. Sugar, dairy, red meat, and processed foods are all cancer feeding, cancer growth foods. The goal is to create an environment within your system that is alkaline or less acidic. With a less acidic environment, cancer cells can’t feed off the cellular environment and eventually the cells begin to die off.
We recommend foods that are from the earth, fresh and whole. Below is a list of foods that can help prevent cancer and promote overall wellness. These foods are just a few great options and there are many more out there.
1. Wheatgrass- We call this “liquid gold”. Wheatgrass is a wonderful Superfood- a nutrient-rich food that helps eliminate toxins, digestion problems, boost the immune system and provides energy. It is known for its anti-cancer properties because it is full of iron, calcium, and chlorophyll, which helps breaks down matter in your body and detoxifies. Along with these wonderful characteristics, wheatgrass also helps build healthy blood cells, reduces oxidative stress and free radicals in the blood, because it is so rich in antioxidants. There are over 50 benefits that wheatgrass can do for your body. If you are going through cancer or just trying to be healthy, turn to wheatgrass to help fill and boost your body with some much-needed nutrients.
2. Cruciferous Vegetables- These are a great group of veggies to turn to on your health journey. This group includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, collards, watercress, and radishes. These vegetables are filled with Sulforaphane- a known compound that is now commonly considered anticancer producing because of its antioxidants count and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been known to be “selectively toxic to malignant cells”. There has been proven evidence that this group reduces cancer risk and helps lower cancer cell counts. Not only does this group have anti-cancer producing properties, but it also gives depression and pain relief. Can’t get much better than that! That's why your parents are always telling you to eat your vegetables, listen to them!
3. Turmeric- Spice up your life with a little turmeric! It is an ancient spice can be used as medicine. It is often considered as one of the most powerful herbs on the planet. It is a great anti-inflammatory spice, its active compound is curcumin (which is responsible for many great health benefits on our bodies). When your body is dealing with cancer or other chronic inflammatory diseases within the body, turn to turmeric. The inflammation can cause the production of more toxic chemicals within the body, which increases the cancer cells as it feeds them. Research shows that curcumin can lower the growth of cancer cells and can even kill cancer cells. Turmeric is a great source of curcumin and can be added as a spice to any dinner, it brings a pop of flavor and great health on to your table.
4. Garlic- A strong but tasty member of the lily family, garlic is considered one of the most important ingredients in the culinary world because of its strong flavor. Research has shown that garlic not only adds taste but also has allium compounds that support anti-cancer activity. Garlic helps boost immunity, detoxes heavy metals, reduces blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels. Overall, garlic can help improve health in many areas of your body, so why not try it out! It's worth the bad breath at times :)
These 4 foods are great ideas to incorporate into your everyday life. It can help with your overall wellness as well as prevent or destroy cancer cells. Try to start small and add these foods more consistently.
Good Luck with your journey!
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