When you or your loved ones receive a diagnosis of cancer, the first question that almost always comes to mind is “What do I do now?” Many will jump into chemotherapy or radiation treatments as soon as they can. However, one very important factor is often overlooked: NUTRITION. Here are the top diet modifications newly diagnosed cancer patients can do right away to fight cancer:
1. Eliminate Sugar
Studies have shown a close relationship between the development of cancer and sugar consumption. The article in BeatCancer.Org listed five reasons why eliminating sugar in your diet should be your top priority. Here are the top 3:
Cancer cells love sugar! That is why refined carbohydrates like white sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and soft drinks are extremely dangerous for anyone trying to prevent or reverse cancer.
Warburg’s research also found that cancers thrive in an acidic environment. Sugar is highly acidic. With a pH of about 6.4, it is 10 times more acidic than the ideal alkaline pH of blood at 7.4. Maintaining a preventative pH level may require reducing or eliminating dietary sugar.
Sugar suppresses a key immune response known as phagocytosis – the Pac-Man effect of the immune system. Consuming 10 teaspoons of sugar can cause about a 50% reduction in phagocytosis.
If you consider the sugar in your cereal, the syrup on your waffles and pancakes, the sugar added to your morning coffee or tea, the sugar in cold beverages like iced tea or lemonade, the HFCS in prepared foods, salad dressing and ketchup, and of course sugary snacks and desserts, you can see how easy it is to suppress your immune systems significantly.
Read the rest here: BeatCancer.Org
2. Junk Junk Foods
Junk foods are called “junk” in the first place because they do not offer any nutritional value. Dr. Sunil Pai, an expert in Integrative Medicine, has this to say:
“Hey, don’t eat any of those things. Restrict a little bit of your caloric intake and then eat an animal protein, then people lost weight. And so rightfully — if they’re not eating any carbohydrates, people would have this immediate weight loss because they’re no longer eating donuts and Subway sandwiches. I can tell everybody: If you stop eating donuts you’ll lose weight. That’s not a magical thing. People are like, ‘Wow, I felt so good.’ And it’s like, ‘Well, yeah because you cut off some of the junk foods.'”
3. Begin Raw Juicing
Raw juicing can do wonders to your body. Here are the top 3 benefits of juicing as shown in Dr. Mercola’s website:
1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than having it go down the toilet.
2. Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. If you are a carb type, you should eat one pound of raw vegetables per 50 pounds of body weight per day. Some people may find eating that many vegetables difficult, but it can be easily accomplished with a quick glass of vegetable juice.
3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.
Last but not the least…
4. Avoid Soda and Carbonated Beverages
“Sodas have been at the center of the health debate for two decades as a major cancer causing food. Filled with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), dyes, and a host of other chemicals, they are very bad for every aspect of your health. They provide zero nutritional value and rob your body of the nutrients you get from other foods. Adding “diet” to the label means you’re also likely consuming aspartame – which is no better than rat poison to human cells.”
Cancer should not be a death sentence for anyone diagnosed with this dreaded disease. Strengthening your immune system through clean eating is one of the powerful ways you can fight cancer. There are also alternative forms of therapy you can look into such as vitamin iv therapy with high-dosage vitamin C therapy.
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