Beating Cancer – What to do!

November 12, 2012

Beating Cancer – What to do!

Cancer is probably the most talked about medical condition in the west. Every family has been touched by cancer or knows some family who has. But what are our chances of avoiding it? Everywhere is awash with information and recommendations and counter recommendations. It can leave us feeling a little confused.

So when you get first hand information from a person, who is a doctor, who has fought cancer for 15 years, including chemotherapy and surgery, and has been cancer free for the last 7 years then it’s worth taking note. The seven cancer free years are attributed to the lifestyle decisions he has made.

We now elaborate on the actions he took to beat cancer. The first thing to note is that the decision was made to eat lots more vegetables, the doctor even advocates that you should think of meat as the side dish and vegetables as your main attraction. Eat vegetables at every opportunity. And don’t stop at one sort of vegetable always eat lots of different vegetables, give yourself a variety.

Studies have shown that organic foods have less pesticide and more nutrients so aim to eat organic all of the time. Some of the latest research indicates that some spices may have cancer inhibiting properties. Use these in your food, spices like turmeric, black pepper, thyme, oregano, rosemary and basil are all good. Don’t eat potatoes because they can contain higher levels of pesticide. They also have carbohydrates that are broken down too quickly, this is believed to encourage cancer growth and increase the risk of inflammation.

Add fish to your diet, especially the greasy oily ones like mackerel and sardines but also eat salmon and anchovies. Larger fish like tuna can have more mercury in their bodies so try to avoid them, along with shark and swordfish. Eat the fish high in omega 3 oils two or three times a week. Only eat eggs from hens which have been fed on food which enhances the omega 3 in the eggs. These hens are normally raised in a healthier environment, the other hens are given food which increases the bad fats in the eggs.

Olive oil or canola oil should be used and soybean, corn and sunflower oils should be banished because they contain too much bad fatty acids. Olive oil and canola oil are both good in omega 3 fatty acids. Eat wholegrain only, do not eat white bread, cakes, pastries or muffins. Choose organic wholegrain produce like wheat, oats and barley.

Avoid sugar, whether it’s in soft fizzy drinks or other foods. Dark chocolate can satisfy your sweet tooth, but only a few squares and it is antioxidant rich too. Always drink 3 cups of green tea daily. If you do feel like eating a treat, then go and eat it. Just don’t do it too often and keep working towards a healthier diet.

Other lifestyle changes in addition to the dietary changes include taking lots more exercise. Do what you like, dance, walk, run, swim or play tennis but do it for more than 30 minutes everyday. The sun provides vitamin D, try to get 20 minutes of unshielded sunlight everyday, if that isn’t possible then take vitamin D3 supplements. Clean yourself and your house. Read the labels and buy more natural products, get rid of the toxins in your body. Avoid chemical pesticides at home and use stainless steel bottles for your drinking water.

Stay close to friends and family, ensure that you have lots of close relationships because they fuel good health. Meditate and ensure that you breathe from the lower belly to aid relaxation. Give things back to the community or world at least once a month. When you do good deeds the body produces positive endorphins. And always be good to yourself. Everyday find something that makes you feel good.

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