Diets You Can Try to Avoid Cancer
Diets are “a dime a dozen” if you’d pardon the expression. This quote is on one of my sister’s t-shirts, from the cartoon character Garfield, “Diet is DIE with a T”. Like most people you’re probably saying “I love my food. I can’t go on a diet and limit my eating habits, even if it will prevent cancer.” Cancer is probably the worst disease that anyone can get and should me avoided “at all costs”. However food is meant to sustain our bodies and food is for our enjoyment. Right? Hypocrates, the father of modern medicine said “Let your food be thy medicine and your medicine be thy food.”
To avoid or lower your chances of getting cancer you should moderate the food you eat and have a reasonable exercise regime. Just a few lifestyle adjustments like: quitting smoking, drinking less alcohol, eating more fruit and vegetables, exercising for at least 20 minutes 3 times a week and drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day; will do wonders for your wellbeing.
Cancer is more likely to grow inside your body when it is in an unhealthy or unfit condition, when you ingest excessive toxins into it or just cannot be bothered to help it get rid of waste more efficiently. Your body expels toxins when you exhale, when you sweat and when you go to the toilet. Exercise causes us to sweat and breath more deeply to increase circulation and improve metabolism. When we are physically active our bodily functions improve their efficiency too. Getting rid of waste more quickly doesn’t give it any chance to sit in our digestive tracks or bowels too long to brew and rot which leads to disease.
All food can be categorised as having an acidic, alkaline or neutral effect on the body. The acid-alkali ratio of chemicals is measured on a pH scale of zero to 14. Acids are under 7, alkalis are above 7 and water is 7.0. Our optimum body pH is 7.6, slightly alkaline. Our body functions best and is able to absorb nutrients most efficiently when the pH level is balanced. Tests have shown that cancerous cells cannot survive in an alkaline environment.
The problem is the western diet contains a lot of red meat and processed foods which cause acidic ash to form in our bodies. Fresh berries, fruit and vegetables create more alkaline ash in our bodies. Our diet should contain roughly two thirds plant products and one third animal products. Green leafy vegetables are the most alkalising. Include a rainbow of colourful fruits and vegetables in your daily diet to provide it with a broad spectrum of phytochemicals and anti-oxidants it needs to build your immune system so that it can fight bacteria, viruses and fungi.
The main cancer fighters are the anti-oxidant vitamins A, C, E and the mineral selenium. Vitamin A (or Beta-carotene) is found in orange coloured fruits and vegetables, bok choy, broccoli, spinach and squash. Vitamin C is found in oranges, melons, sprouts, capsicums and peppers, kiwifruit and strawberries. Vitamin E is found in nuts, wheat germ, vegetable oils and sunflower seeds. Selenium is contained in seafood and whole grains. As a general rule everyone should have 5 to 7 servings of fruit and vegetables daily.
There is no one diet that I recommend to avoid cancer. The main thing is to keep your body healthy by eating a range of nutritious wholesome food and keep your body free of pollution so that it can defend itself from mutant cells.