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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Dr. Muffi's    24/10/2018   |   Wednesday

Many of our choices; dietary and lifestyle choices, can increase or decrease risk of cancer.

What is cancer?

Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. it is caused by changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially how they grow and divide.

Dietary choices:

Eating right can lower chances of developing cancer .

  1. Check your Vitamin D levels.; low vitamin D levels has been linked to increased cancer risk.
  2. Limit empty calories, processed and refined foods
  3. Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, & legumes.
  4. Include the following in your diet

Stay away from potential harmful foods

  • Raw Carrots: are naturally rich in flacarinol and beta carotene that protects against free radicals.
  • Green Tea: rich in polyphenols (antioxidants) that protect your DNA from damage, the recommended amount is to consume 2-4 cups/ day.
  • Apples : natural substances in apples are found to decrease number, size and growth rate of tumors
  • Omega 3: are found in oil rich fish as salmon, they reduce inflammation and improve immunity 
  • Walnuts their phytosterols, omega 3 ,and antioxidants have been shown to block estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells and contribute to cancer resistance
  • Broccoli: (indoles, sulforaphane/isothiocyanates, cause your body to produce an enzyme that detoxify free radicals, reduce inflammation and remove carcinogens
  • Pomegranate interfere with cell growth, cancer invasion and blood supply making them very effective in fighting cancer 
  • Flax seeds: rich in fiber and omega 3 
  • Curcumin has been shown to fight cancer , to make it more bioavailable make sure to have some source of fats as olive oil along with it

Stay away from potential harmful foods

  • Hydrogenated oil French fries/ potato chips high in hydrogenated fats and salt, and high levels of acrylamideMicrowave popcorn It contains PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) which is a likely carcinogen. 
  • Processed Meats : nitrites and nitrates, preservatives that can, in large amounts, potentially increase your risk of cancer.
  • Artificial sweeteners : still under debate but its better to limit their consumption
  • Excessive sugar intake Can cause insulin levels to spike and may stimulate tumor growth

5. Switch from high glycemic foods to low glycemic foods such as legumes and whole grains.

6. Get enough fiber from your diet, aim for 30-35 g of fiber daily

7. Consume less salt

Lifestyle choices:

   Loose the extra weight.

   Stop smoking.

   Don’t stress.

   Get enough sleep.

   Eliminate or reduce alcohol intake.

   Exercise regularly.

   Drink enough water.


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