October is breast cancer awareness month. Breast Cancer strikes more women than any other type of cancer and kills more women than any cancer except lung. Despite decades of research and numerous studies, there are no miracle cures. However, there are some things you can do to lower your risk. Many of these preventative measures are directly related to nutrition.
- Eat a diet rich in raw fruit and vegetables. Live foods can more effectively nourish the cells in our body. In addition, many fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which are a key component in fighting cancer.
- Minimize saturated fats, gluten and processed sugars. Consider reducing the amount of saturated fats from red meats, dairy, gluten, sugars and processed foods. These foods have been associated with the growth of cancers. Sugars and gluten found in refined flours and grains can lower the defenses of our cancer fighting cells. Processed foods generally have little to no nutrient value to your body for which to nourish your cells. Without proper fuelling, your body lacks what it needs to fully function properly. Dairy and Gluten can be inflammatory to the body. Instead of your body fighting the inflammation, let it focus on keeping you healthy and fighting cancer cells.
- Avoid or minimize alcohol. One of the best -proven ways to lower your risk of cancer is to keep your alcohol intake low. A recent British study tracked over one million women for seven years. Each daily alcohol drink raised the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by twelve percent. It also raised the risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, and liver cancers.
So bottom line: load up on a diet high in fiber rich fruits and vegetables. Choose fish and white meats over red meat. Replace refined white flour with whole grains. Eliminate processed and sugary foods. Select olive oils, beans and lentils. Drink plenty of water. And of course, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and reduce your stress. Some studies suggest that these things can reduce your risk anywhere from 20% to 60%. Take care and nourish your body to stay healthy.
Sources: Nutrition Action, Harvard School of Public Health, And Natural Nutmeg