Whether you are making every effort to avoid getting cancer, are going through cancer treatment, or are recovering from cancer, a good cancer diet is essential for your success. It will help:
Decrease the likelihood of infection
- Enhance recuperation
- Increase energy and strength
- Improve lean body mass
- Strengthen your immune system
- Reduce the likelihood of recurrence
The American diet is replete with nutritionally-void, calorie-dense foods that are highly processed, high in sugar, and contain a plethora of chemicals and additives. The problem with this type of diet is threefold:
- The body remains in a nutritional deficit regardless of your weight
- Since the body needs nutrients, you’re tempted to overeat
- A diet high in sugars and refined carbohydrates contributes to disease
Cancer cells love sugar. Highly refined sugar and carbohydrates are the perfect foods to promote cancer growth. Therefore, whatever your motivation, if you’re looking for a good diet, avoid these types of foods. This includes fast food and most restaurant food, convenience foods, most bread and baked goods, and so forth.
The fruits and vegetables you eat should be organic and free of pesticides, since pesticides are known carcinogens. The initial cost of eating in this manner may be a little higher but the result will be a healthier body with less of a propensity to develop cancer.
Although this may require a complete restructuring of your eating habits, the results are well worth it. Many fruits and vegetables have cancer-fighting properties and once you return to a more natural way of eating, you may find you dislike the highly processed foods.
If it’s not possible for you to make a radical change to your diet, do it gradually. Meals prepared at home are generally healthier than those eaten out and preparing the meal can become a joy when you view it as good self-care and a first-line defense for your body.
Food to Eat
Part of the healthy cancer diet includes fiber, which can be found in fresh fruit. Although dried fruit is higher in nutrients and fiber, it’s also higher in sugar and is usually treated with chemicals during the drying process. It’s best to eat fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for the maximum benefit.
- Figs are high in insoluble fiber. The also contain nine bio-active compounds that fight cancer.
- Dates strengthen the immune system. They contain high levels of antioxidants that can fight free radicals and, although high in sugar, are low on the glycemic index.
- Kiwi, kumquat, and broccoli help your body maintain and repair your DNA.
- Blackberries, cherries, and nearly all berries contain substances that boost your immune system.
- Turmeric, garlic, cayenne, thyme and many other spices help fight tumors.
- Organic meats are very nutrient dense and contain substances that help detox the body, purify the blood and counteract the side effects of some medications and health issues.
Make sure your diet is high in the following vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamins A and D in combination
- Vitamin B complex
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Citric acid
Whatever your reason for beginning a cancer diet, it’s the best and simplest way to improve your health and prevent cancer cells from forming in your body.