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Friday, 9 June 2017

'Anti-cancer' Food Habits

There are certain lifestyle choices, which include your diet that can make a huge difference in helping you prevent cancer. Some foods can actually increase the risk of cancer, while others support your body and strengthen your immune system. Here are some healthy and effective anti-cancer diet for you:-

  • Drink plenty of water to fight cancer. It stimulates the immune system, removes wastes / toxins and transports nurtrients to all of your organs.

  • Alchohol (including wine) consumption has been linked to increased risk of mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larnyx, liver and breast cancers. Men should limit to no more than two drinks a day while women should keep it at one drink per day.

  • Limiting fried, fast and packaged foods (potato chips, cookies, crackers, french fries, doughnuts etc.) will help in reducing the risk of cancer.

  • To the extent possible, use immune-boosting herbs and spices like garlic, ginger and curry powder to fight cancer.

  • The way you cook food can either help or damage anti-cancer efforts. When cooking vegetables, steam until just tender using a small amount of water to preserve vitamins in them. If you boil vegetables, use the cooking water in a soup or another dish to ensure you are getting all the vitamins.

  • There are some types of fat that actually help protect against cancer. Saturated fats and trans fat are the fats that are damaging. While saturated fats are found mainly in animal products such as red meat, whole milk dairy products, and eggs. Trans fats are found in liquid vegetable oils. Prefer olive and canola oil over the regular vegetable oil. Avoid anything with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.

  • Eat red meat in less quantity and cut down on processed meat. As consumption of too much of red meat increases the risk of cancer. In stead of beef/pork/lamb, prefer fish, poultry, or beans. You should prepare meat by baking, broiling, or poaching at lower temperatures, rather than by frying in fat or broiling or grilling excessively high temperatures. Vegetarians are less likely to develop cancer than those who eat meat.

  • Fiber plays a key role in cleaning your digestive system. It helps keep food moving through your digestive tract and it also moves cancer-causing compounds before they can create any trouble. A fibre-rich diet may help prevent colorectal cancer and other digestive system cancers, including stomach, mouth, and pharynx.

  • Diets high in fruit, like oranges, berries, peas, bell peppers, dark leafy greens and other foods, high in vitamin C, may lower risk of stomach, lung and esophageal cancer while vegetables containing carotenoids such as carrots, brussels sprouts and squash, help reduce the risk of lung, mouth, pharynx, and larynx cancers.

    Diets high in non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, spinach, and beans) is considered effective for stomach and esophageal cancer. Foods high in lycopene, such as tomatoes guava, and watermelon, may lower the risk of prostate cancer. The less processed food, the better.

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