No single food by itself will protect you from cancer.
However, research shows that a diet filled with a variety of fresh, wholesome food offers the strongest cancer protection. Evidence suggests that plentiful vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals work together and are responsible for their formidable self-defense and anti-cancer effects.
By learning how to eat healthy to lower your cancer risk with these five cancer-fighting foods you can begin to live a longer, more energetic lifestyle.
What you fuel your body with is crucial in the proper functioning of every system it maintains.
It has been proven time and again that your diet plays a compelling role in your body’s fight to remain cancer free. Not only can you improve your overall health and wellness to prevent disease, you can actively fight it with your food choices. Consuming a diet packed with cancer-busting foods loaded with antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatory phytonutrients is the key.
Good nutrition starts with your choices at the grocery store. Whole, unprocessed food that can be conveniently purchased in your neighborhood supermarket have the ability to target and destroy cancer causing cells.
Until big food manufacturers clean up the ingredients they use in their products, it’s up to you to avoid them at all costs. Your chances of living your longest and strongest life means you must refrain from buying processed foods.
There are a wide variety of vegetables that fall into this category. Low in calories but chock-full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they have been linked to a long list of health benefits, including the prevention of hormonal cancers, improved heart health, increased weight loss and reduced inflammation.
Among the many cruciferous vegetables are: arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower.
Why are berries so important to fighting cancer? Packed with flavor, berries are among the highest-antioxidant foods. Antioxidants are what protect your healthy cells while halting the growth of malignant or cancerous cells.
Readily available at your local grocery store are blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, cherries, gogi berries, grapes, raspberries, and cranberries.
Leafy greens are powerhouses of nutrition and should be a mainstay in your diet. Offering an abundance of health benefits, they have a low glycemic index and are low in calories. Don’t be afraid to eat more, a lot more. You’re not likely to overdose on these flavorful veggies!
Add a few handfuls of these leafy greens to your meals to increase your nutrient intake: Kale, spinach, romaine, collards, mustard, and beet greens.
if you are eating fish two to three times per week, your best option is to choose wild-caught fish whenever possible. Because wild caught fish aren’t force-fed antibiotics and pesticides, they don’t contain the harmful toxins and chemicals that their farm-raised counterparts do. Research indicates that people eating diets with a moderate amount of seafood have lower risk of cancer; not only preventing it, but helping to fight tumors.
Experts have yet to discover the beneficial fish compounds, but many suspect, it could be the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon and sardines. In the meantime, consider all types of wild-caught fish as healthy choices for a cancer-fighting diet.
There is growing evidence that nuts and seeds reduce the risk for several types of cancer, and most of us aren’t getting enough. The best strategy is to eat a wide variety of them. By going to the bulk section of your grocery store and buying an assortment, you can create your own trail mix. However, you must be careful, nuts are high in calories, so you don’t want to overindulge.
Add small quantities of these nuts and seeds into your diet several times a week: walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds; chia, flax, hemp, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds. Give a new meaning to the term “health nut!”
Maintain your ideal body weight by eating a wholesome and balanced diet. A healthy weight is important because obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking.
When you eat healthy to lower your cancer risk with these five cancer-fighting foods you can begin your journey to wellness today.
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