As the founder of Brooklyn Culinary Arts—and as a breast cancer survivor and wellness coach—it has become my life’s mission to understand how we can help ourselves prevent and stave off cancer. We all want to stay as healthy as possible over the long-term, and there are so many amazing foods and simple lifestyle changes that can help.
There are so many quick and easy ways to improve your wellness quotient, but one of the best is to have your vitamin D3 levels checked by your physician.This is a simple blood test that your doctor probably already does. Empower yourself; ask for copies of your blood work, keep them in a binder, and compare them from visit to visit. The name of the blood test that you want to get is 25-hydroxy vitamin D, also called 25(OH)D. The result that you are looking for is a number around 50 ng/mL. My functional medicine physician likes my number to be a little higher because I'm a cancer survivor. Personally, I shoot for 60 to 80 ng/mL and most physicians recommend taking about 2,000 IU/day. There has been sufficient evidence to support vitamin D's ability to help fight cancer; research has indicated that low vitamin D3 levels are associated with some cancers, depression, and diabetes.
In addition to understanding your vitamin D levels, you can add these cancer-fighting foods to your diet. Here's what to do: