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Cancer Healthy Diet

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Altering your diet can help prevent or even cure some cancers. Vegetarians have less cancer than meat eaters, perhaps not because meat is “bad” but because fruit and vegetables are “good”.

The ideal cancer diet for prevention is the basic healthy diet. There are many reasons for this. First, it is low in fat and some cancers are more likely if you eat too much fat, especially saturated fat, and too many calories.

Obesity is linked with an increased risk of cancer of the breast, gallbladder, and uterus, and even being 5 per cent overweight increases this risk a little. A diet high in saturated fat leads to an increased risk of cancer of the large bowel.

A high fat diet means more bile must be made; bile is altered by bacteria in the gut and may release carcinogens as a result. When you eat a lot of saturated fat, more oestrogens are manufactured in the bowel and these are associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.

Second, the basic cancer healthy diet is high in fibre and insufficient dietary fibre seems to promote cancer of the colon. This may be because fibre actively protects you from cancer, or it may be simply because a diet too low in fibre tends to be too high in fat, too.

Women with a history of constipation have an increased risk of breast cancer. Third, the basic healthy diet provides plenty of foods containing

–  Vitamin A (which lowers the risk of cancer of the throat, oesophagus, lung, stomach, large bowel, bladder, and prostate);

–  Vitamin C (associated with a lower risk of cancer of the oesophagus);

–  Vitamin E (which may reduce the risk of cancer by protecting fats from going rancid  associated with higher levels of carcinogens);

–  Vitamin B6 (which may reduce the risk of cancer of the cervix and bladder);

–  Selenium (which protects against cancer of the breast and bowel);

–  Zinc (which reduces the risk of cancer of the prostate and boosts immunity);

–  Raw fruits and vegetables (which contain anti oxidant vitamins A, C, and E, and other anti cancer nutrients) and pulses (which contain anti cancer agents).

Some specialists believe that you can reduce the risk of cancer by eating live, fermented foods and drinks such as fermented grains, nuts, seeds, and juices, and yogurt. These encourage the presence of healthy bacteria in the bowel.

Other popular foods for preventing cancer are sprouted seeds (including grains). Excessive alcohol consumption has been correlated with an increased risk of cancer of the mouth, tongue, throat, oesophagus, and liver (especially in smokers).

Avoid damaged, stale, diseased, or wilted foods as they are more likely to contain carcinogens. Choose cold pressed vegetable oils as heat-processed oils may be more likely to contain carcinogens. (Cold pressed oils are usually darker and more opaque, and some contain sediment).

Keep fried foods to a minimum because heating fats (including oils) increases carcinogens and decreases essential fatty acids. Avoid burning or smoking food, and don’t eat or drink things too hot. If you have cancer, it makes good sense to eat nutritious foods and to avoid “empty” calories to help your immune system fight the cancer.

If you are taking drugs, a good diet (the basic healthy diet) helps you recover faster from their side-effects. Some people have benefited from a semi fast diet for a day or two, followed by a day on raw fruit and vegetables, then a return to the basic healthy diet, but with animal protein replaced by vegetable protein (grains, pulses, etc.).

A semi fast diet one day a week thereafter may be helpful. Some experts recommend a diet containing a large proportion of raw fruit and vegetables (especially carrots, apples, beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower).

You should cut out dairy foods (except for fresh, untreated milk  but check that it has been tested for TB and brucellosis), meat, and fish out of this diet completely, and reduce fats to 10-20 per cent of your total calorie intake.

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