Welcome back dear friends to Health and Wellness Fridays! May your day be filled with joy and peace and as we move into the weekend may this follow you also.
Today, we going to look at everyday foods that have been identified as cancer fighting foods but before we get into that let’s start with the basics.
What is cancer?
Cancer is not a single disease. In fact, cancer is the term used to classify a group of more than 100 diseases all of which are characterized by their uncontrolled abnormal growth of cells. Cancer can start anywhere in the body. When it starts cells grow out of control as malignant cells multiply forming tumors in organs and tissues. This makes it hard for the body to work the way it should.
What causes cancer?
Cancer is a genetic disease. When the genetic material of a cell aka ‘the DNA’ is damaged, mutations can arise and this can potentially disrupt normal cell growth and division.
An accumulation of these mutations can turn normal cells into precancerous cells, which sometimes multiply and evolve into cancer cells. Cancer is a result of the accumulation of these cells. Cancer development is a process and it takes time to develop and is not something that just happens overnight.
How is cancer treated?
Some treatments of cancer include but are not limited to the following:
- Surgery – the procedure in which a surgeon removes cancer from your body.
- Radiation – uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.
- Chemotherapy – uses drugs to kill cancer cells.
- Immunotherapy– a type of treatment that helps your immune system fight cancer.
- Hormone Therapy– a treatment that slows or stops the growth of breast and prostate cancers that use hormones to grow.
- Stem Cell Transplant– are procedures that restore blood-forming stem cells in cancer patients who have had theirs destroyed by very high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
- Precision Medicine– helps doctors select treatments that are most likely to help patients based on a genetic understanding of their disease.
- Targeted Therapy – is a treatment that targets the changes in cancer cells that help them grow, divide, and spread.
Now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way let’s look at some foods that have been reported to help in the fight against cancer. I’ve heard and read many stories of persons who have made simple changes to their diet and have had remarkable results.
Let’s take a look at some of the popular foods:
- Berries – (e.g. strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, goji berries)
- Beans and peas
- Leafy Green Vegetables (e.g. spinach, lettuce, patchoi
- Cruciferous Vegetables – (e.g. cabbage, kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts)
- Brightly Orange – Coloured Foods – (e.g. carrots, sweet potato, squash and citrus fruits)
- Unrefined oils- (e.g. coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, flax oil and cod)
- Nuts- (e.g. walnuts, brazil nuts and almonds)
- Seeds – (e.g. chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds)
- Probiotic foods – (e.g. kimchi, sauerkraut, coconut kefir, kombucha or natto)
- Wild-Caught Fish
- Whole grains
- Green Tea
- Dark chocolate
- Increase your intake of alkaline water
Our first course of action to reduce our risks for cancer is to improve our diet. “One day at a time” is my motto but we have to start sooner rather than later. So we need to pay closer attention to what we’re putting into our bodies if we want to get the maximum use of them.
Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂