I think it’s safe to say that most people are hoping their number doesn’t come up in the cancer lottery.
So they dutifully get their pap smears and PSA tests, mammograms and colonoscopies, slather themselves in sunscreen, watch for changes in moles, and keep their fingers crossed.
And all the while a factor may be at work every single day that is sending out an invitatation for cancer to come knocking.
I’m talking about your DIET. Here’s why I say that.
Many cancer patients have unhealthy diets
A study of over 1,500 cancer patients showed that they were more likely to have unhealthy diets compared to 3,100 people who had never contracted the disease.
Cancer patients scored only about 47 out of 100 on adhering to US Dietary guidelines, with their consumption of vegetables and whole grains being especially poor.
Plus the cancer patients consumed more added sugar and alcohol and ate less fiber.
Overall, they also failed to consume healthy amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, potassium and calcium.
I don’t think this is a coincidence because…
Your diet DOES matter
Contrary to what you may think or have been told, your diet makes a tremendous difference in whether or not you will be facing cancer someday.
Here are some ways your diet can influence your cancer risk:
Sugar is a very inflammatory substance, and malignant tumor cells use inflammation as a signal to reproduce. Plus sugar also disrupts your intestinal flora balance, which in turn can impair your immune functioning, making it less effective at detecting and destroying any cancer cells you may have cruising around.
It’s important to note that this not only includes all forms of sugar but also refined carbohydrates (like bread, pasta, cookies and donuts) which turn to sugar upon digestion.
Infection with H. pylori (the bacteria that causes ulcers) is associated with an increased risk of stomach cancer, but that risk is multiplied exponentially when people with H. pylori also have a high-salt diet.
And the thing is, H. pylori doesn’t always cause symptoms, so many people that have it don’t even know it.
I’m not just talking about the salt in your kitchen salt shaker here. Salt is hiding in copious amounts in most processed and fast foods.
Having a diet with a high concentration of acidifying foods is also harmful because cancer needs an acidic environment to survive and thrive.
Number one here is SODA—both diet and regular. If you drink soda on a regular basis, you are rolling out the red carpet for cancer, period.
Other harmful acidifying foods are fast food, all types of packaged, processed foods, baked goods and pastries, and even foods marketed as “healthy” like breakfast cereals and granola bars.
Fiber plays several roles in protecting you against cancer:
- It helps sweep out excess toxins and carcinogens from your GI tract.
- It helps whisk away old worn-out hormones that your body is trying to eliminate (which can increase your risk of hormone-dependent cancers if they are reabsorbed into circulation).
- It helps to move heavy metals out of your body, and many heavy metals are known or suspected carcinogens.
Different nutrients help reduce your risk of cancers in various ways.
Some act as antioxidants that can fight inflammation and disease-causing free radicals in your body, while others support your immune system (which is your first line of defense against cancer), and still other nutrients function as natural anti-inflammatories and antibiotics.
Many people with certain gene mutations that increase their risk of cancers cop out by blaming their illness on their poor luck in the gene pool, and eat whatever their heart desires.
Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way.
Not all of your genes are firing off on all cylinders, and some of the harmful ones are only “awakened” if your body isn’t properly nourished.
So alas, your diet plays a significant role here too.
Do your part!
If you want to do all you can to keep cancer out of your life, you MUST acknowledge the fact that your diet is a major factor in determining your fate.
Then take the bull by the horns and do something about it!
Here are so very effective ways you can help:
Eat real food
Have a diet high in healthy, fiber-rich real foods. No more excuses about “not liking vegetables” or “not having the time.” Would you “like” chemotherapy instead, or “have the time” to be dead?
If you need good ideas on how to enjoy healthy foods, check out my Great Taste No Pain system. In Great Taste No Pain, not only do I teach you how to pair foods together for better, more comforatble digestion (goodbye gas, bloating and heartburn!), but you’ll also get a collection of fantastic, easy recipes featuring delicious real foods.
Support your gut microbiome
Take a high quality probiotic supplement like Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula to help encourage a healthier intestinal flora balance, which in turn will support your precious cancer-protecting immune system.
Super Shield contains a whopping 13 strains of helpful bacteria, each of which has its own specialty in how it supports your precious cancer-fighting immune system and overall health.
Also, eat fermented foods like sauerkraut to help encourage strong gut health.
Get enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays an important role in your cell activity—helping to regulate cell multiplication and cell death.
By definition, cancer is out-of-control, excessive cell multiplication, along with a slowing down in cell death. That’s how tumors form and take over surrounding tissues—they multiply like rabbits and don’t die off.
But vitamin D’s action to encourage proper cell activity shines through here--studies have found that vitamin D acts to decrease the growth of cancer cells and to stimulate the death of those deadly cells!
Vitamin D is a common deficiency (especially this time of year when our sunlight is limited), so to make sure your body has what it needs, supplementation with a top-notch product like Optimum DK Formula with FruiteX-B is the way to go!
Other dietary suggestions
Drink filtered or distilled water instead of soda or other sweetened drinks, and keep the alcohol consumption moderate.
Strive to make at least half of your plate vegetables (other than potatoes and corn), and eat a tossed salad every day. That will help encourage a healthier pH balance and keep you more on the side of alkaline versus acidic.
Remember, nutrition is your best protection against disease, and that includes cancer. Engage the power of nutrition to create a healthier you.
To your health,
The information in our articles are NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and are not intended as medical advice.