Today’s post focuses on cancer fighting bites – otherwise known as cancer fighting foods that help boost your health and diet. Looking to reduce your likelihood of cancer? Look no further than your fridge!
Berries – We’re big advocators of berries on the Lifespan Fitness blog, they taste good and are good for you! Berries are packed with phytonutrients – black raspberries in particular contain anthocyanins which help slow down the growth of pre-cancer cells and blood vessels which can potentially fuel tumors. Berries help fight colon, throat oral and sun cancers.
Tuna Salad – The expression ‘you don’t make friends with salad’, applies little to this superfood tip. Tuna is selenium rich and can ward off a number of cancers including breast and bladder.
Broccoli – According to our research, the more broccoli the better. Broccoli contains cancer-fighting properties, and a large amount of sulforaphane which boosts protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals. Broccoli helps ward off breast, liver, lung stomach and bladder cancers.
Tomatoes – This fruit (yep, fruit!) contains high doses of lycopene which is linked to slowing down endometrial (found in the uterus) cancer cell growth. A quick tip is in cooking tomatoes which allows more lycopene to absorbed by the body – they have been linked to reducing endometrial, lung and stomach cancers.
Garlic – It’s no secret that garlic helps ward away digestive nasties, however, it’s also been linked to ridding the body of radiation formed in the stomach. It was found that women with higher intake of garlic were 50 percent less likely to develop colon cancer. Crushing garlic helps release beneficial enzymes and can be sprinkled throughout a fresh tomato salad. A quick tip to removing the smell of garlic is using stainless steel soap which can be purchased at roughly $2 a bar from a number of locations online. Alternatively, you can rub your hands on the stainless steel which surrounds your kitchen sink.
Mushrooms – These contain powerful compounds that help build the immune system to fight cancer. They are high in a protein called lectin, which attacks cancerous cells and prevents them from multiplying.
Red Wine – Red wine contains the antioxidant polyphenol which helps neutralise disease causing radicals. Resveratrol, found in grape skin inhibits cell development and can prevent cancer. Alcohol can of course be toxic to the liver and nervous system, and should be used in moderation. There are also non-alcoholic wines available.
Soy Products – Both soy milk and tofu contain nonsteroidal estrogens which can help prevent the onset of breast and prostate cancer. Genistein, contained in soy products is a potent inhibitor of the growth of cancerous cells. There are, however, precautions to consider with increasing your intake of soy products. Excessive amounts of soy can lead to hormone imbalances and potentially stimulate the growth of cancer. Women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer should consult with a professional before adopting a soy diet.
What To Avoid
Animal Fats – Whilst ongoing studies continue on what foods benefit our body, it is fairly obvious what foods do not. Namely animal products high in saturated fats such as meat, cheese and butter are linked to obesity and onset of cancer. Leaner protein such as beans, low fat dairy and fish is advised.
Processed Meats – Whilst a few servings of bacon or game-day hotdogs won’t drastically harm your health, a diet rich in processed meats will substantially contribute to your health decaying. These are often high in nitrites and nitrates, which can lead to stomach and other cancers.
Excessive Alcohol – Amongst the associated liver , obesity and kidney issues, intoxicating yourself until the point of unconsciousness is never a clever idea. Drinking excessively is linked to mouth, throat and breast cancers.