Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Anticancer and Wellness Diet Plan

Cancer is a mysterious disease characterized by the abnormal growth of cells in the body. It can be caused by a lot of factors such as various harmful chemicals in the environment, by the food we eat, by the kind of lifestyle we lead, and smoking. 

We can prevent the development of cancer by following a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. But what constitutes a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle?

I wrote this article primarily to share the experience of an ovarian cancer survivor who wrote about the kind of diet program that she pursued since she was diagnosed with cancer more than five years ago. I thought that this would be helpful not only to cancer survivors but also to those who fear having this dreaded disease in any form.

The number of women getting breast cancer has increased in recent years and it is the fear of this disease that got me to take a closer and more serious look at this article and make this more personal so I can connect to those women who want to know more about how to prevent breast cancer, what this disease is all about, what foods to avoid, what food to eat and just everything about breast cancer.

The anticancer diet plan below has been used by this lady for many years now and she has not been sick since following this diet plan.

After battling and surviving ovarian cancer, the lady advices that you should totally abstain from these types of food:
REFINED SUGAR. Why? What about refined sugar?
  • Refined sugar disrupts the body's pH level making the body more acidic. This harms the body when it responds to this abnormal situation by obtaining minerals from inside the body to protect the various organs of the body as when calcium is taken from the bones eventually causing the bones to become brittle and prone to fractures and osteoporosis. 
  • Refined sugar ultimately destroys the lining of the digestive tract causing digestion and stomach problems.  
  • Refined sugar does not possess antioxidant properties that protect the body from cancer. 

Alternatives to refined sugar:
  • Molasses. Research show that among the natural alternatives to refined sugar, molasses have the highest antioxidant content compared to maple syrup, corn syrup, agave nectar and brown sugar, and therefore the best substitute in fighting cancer. 
  • Brown sugar.
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Agave nectar
  • Stevia
  • Xylitol 

IODIZED SALT. All the while we thought iodized salt was healthy. Well, it used to be when it was first used in the 1920s. However, things have changed since then as iodized salt that is currently sold in grocery stores, supermarkets and convenience stores contain synthetic ingredients such as flouride sodium bicarbonate, sodium solo coaluminate, iodide, anti-caking agents, derivatives of aluminum, and potassium iodide. Iodized salt has also been bleached to achieve its pure white color making it toxic to the body thus iodized salt is no longer considered a healthy source of iodine. 

The idea of adding iodine to salt started in 1924 in the US because of the increasing cases of goiter within the Great Lakes area and the Pacific Northwest states. These states had very little iodine in their soil plus the fact that residents were having very little iodine in their diet. With the addition of iodized salt in the diet, the incidence of goiter was greatly reduced and iodized salt has since then became part of the American diet.

The first idiozed salt that was produced in the 1920s was made from pure, dried sea water without any synthetic ingredients
Preserved and fried food
Dairy products except goat's milk
Pork, beef, fish and other types of seafoods
Soy products, cashew and peanuts
Artificial flavoring or coloring, preservatives and chemicals
Instead of eating processed or fast foods for snacks in between meals, you should eat:

Oatmeal 3 to 4 times a day. You can top this with sliced apple or other fruits with low sugar.

Fresh fruits

Raw nuts

Raw and unseasoned seeds like squash, sesame, sunflower, watermelon and pumpkin seeds.

This article is a work in progress, please bear with me. Thank you! 

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