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Anti Cancer Diet
Creating an anti-cancer diet can be an effective step in aiding your cancer treatment and giving you the best fighting chance of beating the disease. For most changing to a anti cancer diet has minimal side effects, and can be used alongside other cancer treatments such a chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The most common and effective anti cancer diet involves cutting out carbohydrates, starting with the most dangerous carbohydrate of all sugar. This is known as a Ketone Diet (See Our Ketone Diet Section).
Focus on plant based foods
The ideal anti cancer diet for fighting and preventing cancer is to focus around a plant-based diet which includes a range of vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains. It is advised to consume foods which haven’t been processed, cooked, peeled or mixed with other ingredients as they can be stripped of their nutritious benefits.
Useful Tips; Make sure your plate is around 2/3 vegetables, whole grains, beans and fresh fruit. The final third can be made up of meat, fish or dairy products.
Reach for an apple or orange instead of apple Juice or orange juice.
Cut down on meats
Over the years research has shown that vegetarians are around 50% less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters. Why is this? Meats tend to lack fibre and other vital nutrients that have cancer protective properties. Instead of fibre and vital nutrients it has high amounts of fat (commonly high levels of saturated fat). As such – high fat diets have been strongly linked with cancer development, and saturated fat is particularly dangerous.
- Eat red meat only on special occasions – Its high in saturated fat.
- Avoid processed meats – Sausages, hotdogs, deli meats and Salami.
- Keep meat in general to a minimum – Try to stay within no more than 15% of your calorie intake.
Choosing the right fats
One of the benefits of limiting the amount of meat you eat is that you will be already cutting down on a lot of unhealthy fats. As we have previously discussed eating a diet high in fat (especially saturated) can increase your risk of developing many types of cancer. However it is important to remember that cutting out fat totally is not the answer. Some fats can actually help protect against cancer, we will now look at which are the goods fats and which are bad.
- Good Fats – The fats we want to be consuming come mainly from plant sources and are liquid when at room temperature. Examples include avocados, olive oil, canola oil, and nuts. Also worth noting are omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation and help with brain and heart health. 3 good sources of omega-3 are tuna, salmon and flax seeds.
- Bad Fats – AVOID SATURATED FATS & TRANS FATS. Saturated are most commonly found in animal products for example red meat, eggs and dairy products. Tran’s fats, also called partially hydrogenated oils, are produced using hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them solid and increase their shelf life. This is great for the manufacturers but all together pretty bad for us.
Useful tips on making the right choice with fats;
- Use olive oil to cook with instead of vegetable oil.
- Cut fat off the meat, and take skin off the chicken
- Cut Down your consumption of red meat, butter, whole milk, butter and eggs.
- Consume Non-fat dairy products
- Try and limit fast food, fried foods and packaged foods – all of these tend to be quite high in trans fats. Foods such as crisps, crackers, cookies, French fries and especially doughnuts are worth avoiding or limiting too real treats.
- It is advised to eat two servings of fish a week – Ideal choices are – fresh salmon, black cod, sardines and Herring. Be aware of mercury, which is a contaminant found in certain types of fish.
Increase fibre intake
One of the other benefits of eating a mostly plant-based food diet is that it will also increase your fibre intake. Fibre plays a vital part in keeping your digestive system clean and healthy, it aids food moving through the digestive tract, and it can also remove cancer-causing compounds before they are able to create any harm.
Where to find fibre? Fibre is found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The rule of thumb is the more natural and unprocessed the food, then the higher in fibre it is. There is little to no fibre in meat, dairy and sugars.
Here are some simple tips to add more fibre into your diet;
- Change white bread to whole –Grain
- Instead of having a croissant or pastry go for a bran muffin
- As a treat have popcorn instead of crisps
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit such as banana’s, pears or an apple (eat with the skin)
- Try brown rice instead of white Rice
- Try and replace beans with ground meat, Eg taco’s, burgers, casseroles and chilli.
- Instead of chips and mayonnaise/ Sour Cream dip try fresh carrots, celery with hummus or salsa.
Identify cancer- Fighting foods you can add to your anti cancer diet
Our immune system keeps us healthy by fighting off unwanted infection in our bodies, this includes cancer cells. No Miracle food will completely protect you from cancer, but it can be beneficial to load your diet full of cancer fighting foods that can give your system the best chance it has at fighting off cancer. We have already covered allot of these foods in our Natural Nutrients Section, Here you will find a drop down of allot of the best Anti-Cancer Foods which are all available from our shop. Here is a breakdown of the basics;
- All about Antioxidants – These are very powerful vitamins that will help protect you against cancer and help the cells in our bodies function optimally. Foods such as wheatgrass, blueberries, broccoli sprouts, carrots and strawberries are some of the best sources.
- Brightly coloured fruits are best! – Fruit and vegetables with strong colours are rich in phytochemical’s, which are a good disease-fighting and immune system -boosting nutrient. The greater the variety of coloured fruits you consume, there more you will potentially benefit. This is because different colours are rich in different phytochecmicals.
- Flavour your food with immune System boosting spices. – Ginger, Garlic and Turmeric to name a few not only add flavour but have cancer fighting properties.
- Drink a healthy amount of water every day – Water not only flushes the body of toxins, it stimulates the immune system and transports essential nutrients to all of the body’s organs.
Preparing your food correctly
It’s not only about choosing the right foods, but food preparation is also an important factor of an Anti Cancer Diet. You will need to take into consideration how you store your food and how you prepare it. This can have a profound impact on your anti-cancer efforts.
- Eat raw fruits and vegetables – The main reason behind doing this is the highest amounts of vitamins and minerals are present when raw.
- Remember to wash fruits and vegetables – If you’re unable to choose organic produce then use a vegetable brush to wash away any pesticide residue (it will not eliminate it but can reduce it).
- Steam vegetables until tender using a small amount of water – this can preserve more of the vitamins. Boiling and overcooking removes vitamins and minerals.