Eating to ward off cancer means removing the foods from your diet that cancer cells feed on, while simultaneously adding in the food, herbs, and supplements that cancer cells hate. Give yourself the best odds… read on…
Is Anybody NOT Concerned About Cancer?
Everyone knows someone who is concerned about cancer. It effects all of our lives in one way or another. The choices we make regarding this illness are very personal choices, whether those decisions are for ourselves or for our loved ones. But, the one thing that we should all be doing, every day, is feeding our bodies what we need to give us the best chance to avoid and eradicate these menacing cells. Eating to ward off cancer is so important — it’s not an option, but rather, it’s a necessity in today’s world.
How Can You Give Yourself The Best Odds To Avoid Cancer?
The premise is a simple one to understand, but perhaps a little harder to implement.
Cancer cells feed on sugar. They cannot survive without it. So, if we remove all of the bad sugars from our diet, and remove the things that turn into this bad type of sugar once ingested, then cancer cells don’t stand a chance. Yes, I know this is a very simplistic explanation, but really, that’s it in a nutshell. There are many other things that you can do to shrink cancer cells, like removing animal proteins, but the first step… and it’s a big one… is to remove the sugar that cancer cells need to survive.
No sugar. Nothing that turns into sugar once the body processes it.
If you remove sugar from your diet AND you increase the foods, herbs and supplements that cancer doesn’t like, then you have a real shot at creating a host environment that is so unfriendly to these deadly cells that they cannot survive within you. Sounds simple, right? Well, it really is simple… once you know what you are doing.
Keep reading to find out what you should be eating and what you should be avoiding. I’ve included several lists, a lot of explanations, and a few great recipes. But don’t forget that I’m here if you want to sign up for one of my free phone consultations. I love to do these calls and I won’t hang up until I give you some concrete practical tips to add to your routine. So, CLICK HERE and you’ll be taken directly into my calendar so you can schedule a time that’s perfect for you.
Here’s The Good News: There Are Many Great Foods That Cancer Hates
All of the foods listed below will help you in this quest for eating to ward off cancer. The more the merrier. Eat them whenever you can, it whatever combinations make you happy:
- Chaga Mushrooms: Chaga mushrooms are a longevity superfood. I use a chaga mushroom extract powder that makes it easy to add this immune-system-boosting mushroom my drinks and recipes. There’s a lot of research being done on the power of chaga right now and it’s possible ability to help fight cancer. It’s also good for your intestinal system and it can help calm your nerves.
- Shiitake Mushrooms: In Chinese medicine, mushrooms ARE medicine. They are herbs. They are one of the most healing foods around. In China, mushrooms have been used for many years as part of a natural cancer treatment. They are one of the best immune-boosting foods around. I used shiitakes in this recipe. Shiitake mushrooms are probably the variety of mushroom that I use most. I love the way they taste and they help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. These shrooms also promote healing and have been found to fight tumors. In Asia, shiitake mushrooms are often fed to a patient who has just had surgery to help the healing process.
- Green Tea: Green tea, in Chinese medicine is known to be good for the mind, reduces headaches and aids digestion. Sencha is my personal favorite type of green tea. And, if you use Macha, you can really magnify the already great health benefits of your green tea — research shows that matcha has over 100 times the potency and nutritional benefits of regular green tea. Green tea has been in the news most recently as being chemo-protective.
- Garlic: Garlic is amazing in its antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. It is actually a Chinese herb (Da Suan). It’s used to kill toxins and parasites and also to reduce swelling in the body. It’s what I call a great “A” herb: anesthetic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antioxidant, antiviral, etc. The sulfur compounds in garlic makes this herb capable of reducing tumor growth, especially in incidences of stomach cancer.
- Beets: Beets are SO good for you. I try to find ways to fit them into my meals as much as possible. Really… many times a week. Beets nourish blood and tonify the heart. Athletes are starting to drink beet juice as a form of endurance therapy. They are anti-carcinogenic, good for anemia, and relieve constipation. I also think it’s a great idea to eat them raw sometimes because their amazing goodness is even more pumped up this way.
- Carrots: Carrots help strengthen the organs in your body. They also are good for the eyes (this is their claim to fame) and they promote healthy digestion. Many moons ago, people used to make carrot tea to ward off measles and to prevent cancer. Carrots help detoxify the body and in today’s world of Chinese medicine, they are prescribed to ease constipation and tonsillitis. There have been reports of the chemical makeup of carrots being such that this vegetable can call into action the cancer suppressor genes that exist in your body.
- Broccoli: Broccoli has a lot of potassium and is great for brain function; it also has magnesium and calcium to help regulate blood pressure. Broccoli has the ability to flush cancer causing chemicals out of the body while boosting protective enzymes. It’s also good to clear your body of excess heat and it actually can help your vision too. I love foods that make
- Grapefruit: Grapefruit is filled with antioxidants. One of them in particular (naringenin) has been shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer. Grapefruit helps detoxify the body and it is high in vitamin C and lycopene. Vitamin C will help keep away a cold and lycopene is one of the things that helps keep your body from producing tumors. Eating grapefruit really does cool your body off, so if you are feeling overheated, grab this fruit. It’s also good for the digestion, can lower cholesterol, and helps boost your immune system.
- Prunes: In Chinese medicine, we use prunes to reduce stomach acidity and to help smooth the digestion. The claim to fame of the prune is that it helps fight against constipation. This is true, and when you clear your intestines, you are also taking a great step toward preventing colon cancer. These dried plums also are great for your vision and they have enough potassium to make them an official heart-healthy food.
- Pumpkin: Pumpkin can help reduce pain and fever and can soothe stomach irritations. It’s a great food to treat constipation, allergies and asthma. It’s high in vitamin A and can help protect your lungs and intestines from cancer.
- Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprouts are from the same cruciferous vegetable family as cabbage, broccoli and kale. They are rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are touted for their aid in weight loss because they have so much fiber and so few calories. Research has shown that these sprouts contain colon-cancer fighting substances and vitamins to protect against Alzheimer’s.
- Apples: It really is true that an apple a day is a good thing. Apples help to strengthen your heart. They are also good for your digestion and they can help eliminate mucus when you have a cold. They have a high antioxidant content, especially Granny Smiths and Red Delicious. This, combined with the fact that they have a lot of healthy fiber, is why apples are good at fighting Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and some cancers. They have also been shown to help ward off diabetes, high cholesterol and gallstones.
- Spinach: It is true that spinach contains iron, but it’s this vegetable’s lesser-known qualities that really hold my admiration. Spinach contains a substance that helps eliminate prostate cancer. It’s also great for your bones and also for memory loss. Diabetic patients may find that eating spinach helps combat excessive thirst and can even be good for night blindness. Spinach can inhibit the body’s ability to absorb calcium, so calcium-rich foods should be avoided when eating this leafy green.
- Buckwheat: Buckwheat is great to eat if you have diarrhea. It also helps lower blood pressure, stops some types of sweating, and has a good amount of vitamin E. It also contains antioxidants that can help fight cancer and heart disease. Buckwheat is a seed, not a grain, so no inflammation here!
- Blackberries: All berries are good for you and contain antioxidants. As a general rule, the darker the color, the more antioxidants, making blackberries even better than other berries at fighting cancer and other illnesses. Blackberries also can help relieve intestinal inflammation and diarrhea, and they are good for your skin.
- Blood Oranges: Blood Oranges are oranges with extra anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are compounds found in many plant-based foods. These compounds can help prevent certain cancers and can help with brain function. Oranges, of any kind, will help boost your levels of vitamins A, B and C. In Chinese medicine oranges have been used for many years to help coughs, colds and anorexia. Lately, oranges have been widely touted for their ability to help heal colon cancer. I peel my oranges and lay the rinds in the sun to dry, and save them for tea or for cooking because the orange rinds are an actual Chinese herb. I dry out the peels of oranges, tangerines, clementines… whatever I have. Dried tangerine peel, or “chen pi” as it’s known in Chinese medicine, is one of the greatest and most easily accessible herbs around. It’s especially good for digestive issues like abdominal discomfort, distention, fullness, bloating, belching, and nausea. It’s also great if you have a cough with a heavy or stuffy chest.
- Turnips: There are a lot of reasons to eat turnips. They are great for indigestion, and can help relieve that horrible bloated feeling we all get sometimes by reducing excess gas and diarrhea. Research shows that turnips contain a substance that may reduce your risk of colon, prostate, and lung cancer. In Chinese medicine turnips (wu jing) are known to help reduce inflammation and phlegm, and they can even help lessen your cough.
- Wild Salmon: Salmon is the perfect food to nourish the blood and the yin. It’s especially great for women because it raises fertility levels by promoting a healthy endometrial lining. Salmon is also great for anyone who is in need of additional iron. Be sure to buy wild salmon because the levels of mercury are lower than in farmed salmon. This beautiful fish also contains large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, making it a good food source to combat breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, asthma, depression and diabetes. Lately there’s also been a lot of evidence that salmon is great at reducing intestinal inflammation and that it’s also good for your joints and muscles.
- Parsley: Parsley has been shown to reduce tumors in the lungs and to neutralize the effects of carcinogens, including cigarette smoke. It is high in vitamins A and C, and is good for your heart. This herb is also a natural breath freshener. So, if you have a chance to use more than a few sprigs as a garnish, go for it.
- Cauliflower: I use cauliflower for breads, crusts, rice… everything. It can be used in so many forms… and, it’s really good for you. In Chinese medicine we use it to aid in digestion and help with constipation. One of the things I find most amazing about this cruciferous vegetable is it’s ability to help with age-related memory loss (My menopausal friends will appreciate this benefit!). It contains a healthy amount of Vitamin B, Vitamin K and Omega-3 fatty acids and can help fight cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cauliflower also helps the body with detoxification and with reducing inflammation. So, as far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier.
- Purple Grapes: The darker the color of your grapes, the better. Dark purple grapes contain compounds that inhibit the growth of cancer and detoxify the body. If you can, buy the darkest grapes you can find, with the seeds in them, and eat them seeds and all because grape seeds are also good for protecting against cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Pears: Recent research has shown that pears are good at protecting against lung cancer. Pears are also good for reducing inflammation and decreasing phlegm in the body.
- Seaweed: All types of seaweed are good for you. Kombu and Wakame, in particular have been shown to kill cancer cells. Seaweed is good for your thyroid gland and your lymphatic system. If you have swelling in your body or you are retaining water, seaweed is great because it acts as a diuretic. In the olden days, seaweed was fed to people to get rid of goiters and tuberculosis.
- Kelp: Kelp is a great source of iodine, and many of us are iodine deficient these days. But, aside from this, there’s a compound in kelp (fucoidan) that has been shown to help fight cancer.
Here’s The Not-So-Good News: Cancer Loves A Lot Of Our Favorite Foods
Any diet worth it’s salt has a list of things you need to avoid. And, invariably, that list will contain some of your favorite foods. Well, a cancer fighting diet is no exception. To be as strong as possible in the fight against cancer, you need to avoid the foods on the list below because they cause inflammation, create sugar, and invite these insidious cells to grow.
- Traditional grains: quinoa, rye, barley, farrow, millet, etc.
There Are Several Supplements And Herbs That Can Help Fight Cancer
- Grapeseed extract: Grape seeds are also good for protecting against cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease and they are available in a capsule form.
- Gou Qui Zi (Goji berries): This Chinese herb enhances the body’s immunity so it can fight cancer cells.
- Wu Wei Zi (Shizandra): This Chinese herb also enhances the body’s immunity so it can fight cancer cells
- Jin Yin Hua ( Honeysuckle) : This Chinese herb has traditionally been used for swelling and sore throats, but recently there’s been a lot of talk about it’s chemo-protective abilities.
I know, this is a lot of information and it can be a bit overwhelming. I’d love to talk to you in person… so go to my calendar and sign up for a free phone consultation so we can talk about your specific concerns. I’m here to help and I’d love to meet you. Just CLICK HERE and we can chat about YOU.
A quick note: we, at Kitchen Of Youth, are not doctors. None of our advice and opinions are meant to replace the advice of your doctor.
A Few Recipes With Some Of The Ingredients We’ve Been Talking About
Make this Salmon With Parsley Sauce and you won’t be disappointed. It’s simple, delicious, and has great anti-cancerous capabilities:
This Mushroom Superfood Iced Chocolate drink is so creamy and chocolatey… it tastes anything but healthy.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts And Apple Salad is a fixture in our house — it’s delicious and so healing.
This recipe for Beet Sweet Potato Soup is so creamy and sweet… slurp it up and let the beets heal you.