Can You Prevent Cancer? 5 Changes To Make Now
Once again, breast cancer is in the news thanks to Angelina Jolie’s public announcement of her preventive double mastectomy. Surely we can alleviate some of the fear if optimal breast cancer prevention is understood and used by as many women as possible.
How can breast cancer be prevented? Make sure you use these tips to feel better and live longer, fighting against breast cancer and other health issues.
1. Eat healthy foods.
Food has an extremely powerful effect in your body. Foods impact your microenvironment or internal terrain, which in turn influences your genes! Healthy foods improve genes in the body very quickly.
What are the most effective cancer fighting foods for anyone aspiring to maintain or develop optimal health and healing against cancer? Scientific research that I learned about from Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC, of Nutritional Solutions and her client David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD in his book Anticancer: A New Way of Life show the following organic foods can be best friends.
- Cruciferous Vegetables: Broccoli, Kale, Chard, Bok Choy, Arugula, Collard Greens, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Turnip, Radishes, Watercress, Kohlrabi, and others
- Carotenoids: Fruits and Vegetables in yellow, orange, red, or green
- Leafy greens
- Herbs and Spices: Ginger, Rosemary, Basil, Mint, Thyme, Oregano, and especially Turmeric
- Green Tea
- Berries: All types and especially Blueberries
- Garlic, Onions, Leeks, Shallots, and Chives
- Citrus Peel: Orange, Tangerine, and Lemon Peels
- Sprouts: Especially Broccoli Sprouts
- Super-Green Foods
- Seaweed: Dulse, Nori, Kombu, Wakame, and Arame
- Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Whole-Grain Bread, Wild Rice, Rye, and others (do not consume any grains if you have gluten allergies)
- Fish: Must be Wild Fish without mercury and any other toxins
- Oils, Nuts, and Seeds: Coconut, Olive, Hemp, Walnut, and flaxseed oils that are not rancid
2. Maintain healthy sugar levels.
Don't eat a lot of sugar! Sugar supports cancer development and growth (as well as diabetes and other health ailments such as impaired immune functions and moods). To help block cancer progress and proliferation, keep your Hemoglobin A1C levels below 5.5. That's a simple measurement to include in your blood test that measures sugar levels in your body.
3. Avoid chronic inflammation.
Also know this truth. Chronic inflammation is clearly associated with cancer! According to the National Cancer Institute:
“Inflammation functions at all three stages of tumor development: initiation, progression and metastasis. Inflammation contributes to initiation by inducing the release of a variety of cytokines and chemokines that alert the vasculature to release inflammatory cells and factors into the tissue milieu, thereby causing oxidative damage, DNA mutations, and other changes in the microenvironment, making it more conducive to cell transformation, increased survival and proliferation. Chronic inflammation appears to contribute to tumor progression by establishing a milieu conducive to development of different cancers.”
So how can your inflammation be stopped? The solutions come from cancer-fighting foods! Below are a few of the best:
Almonds, anise, basil, black pepper, caraway, cardamom, cashews, chili pepper, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, curcumin, fennel, fenugreek, figs, flaxseed, garlic, ginger, gooseberry, holy basil, lemongrass, licorice, mango, mint, mustard seed, nutmeg, onion, oregano, parsley, pecans, pomegranate, prunes, rosemary, saffron, sesame seeds, tamarind, turmeric, walnuts
You can test your inflammation levels with blood tests of high sensitivity c-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and fibrinogen. Research suggests that hs-CRP should be below 1, and fibrinogen between 190-310.
4. Take vitamin D.
Associated with fatigued muscles, challenged immune function, chronic inflammatory conditions, poor calcium absorption, and inadequate blood levels of minerals, vitamin D deficiencies are linked to health challenges such as high blood pressure, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, and certain types of cancer, including breast cancer.
Unfortunately, most people have insufficient levels of vitamin D. Although common, you can easily correct it. You'll feel better, and it will help prevent breast cancer as well as other ailments!
To start, include vitamin D in your next blood test. Depending on your score, take between about 1,000 to 10,000 iu of Vitamin D3. Use the blood test at least twice annually in the summer and winter.
5. Make smart lifestyle choices.
Other commitments to wellness strongly help you prevent breast cancer. Make sure you exercise, engage in movement, maintain low stress levels, joy, love, and community.
Assess your personal life style choices. On a scale of 1 to 10, what are you giving yourself now? How about the last week? Month? Year? What can you do to help yourself cultivate meaningful improvements?
Each and every day, your actions can help prevent breast cancer. Develop a plan and give yourself gifts for purity of your precious body! Ask assistance if you need it, and create a team for guidance and support. Improved wellness comes from your quality actions!
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