Your food: Shield against cancer
Your food can build a protective shield around your body or create an opening for the entrance of the dreaded cancer disease into your system.
So what are those dangerous consumables that invite cancer into your system?
• Refined and processed sugar
• Swordfish, Tuna and Shark – these are a major source of methyl mercury, a carcinogen that can even cause neurological damage to unborn babies and pregnant women.
• Conventional Meat fed with hormones; these include agric poultry and meat that are treated with estrogen to make them grow faster. Estrogen can contribute to ovarian, breast, cervical and prostate cancer.
• Burnt food—burnt foods and meat produce carcinogenic chemical compounds that can significantly increase the risk of cancer.
• Canned foods – the process of preserving the foods in cans deplete their nutritional value and the lining of the can contains a toxic substance known as BPA.
• Processed meat—these are preserved with nitrates and nitrites. They combine with your stomach acid and other chemicals in foods to form nitrosamines, which are powerful carcinogens.
• Red meat –blood is a carrier of disease-transmitting micro-organisms that tax our immune system, opening the door to cancer.
• Alcohol – alcohol digests like pure sugar. The more alcohol a person consumes, the higher the risk of developing cancer.
….and the good foods?
Plant-based foods—they contain less fat and more cancer-fighting nutrients. Take fruits and vegetables.
Fiber—these include grains, fruits, and vegetables that your body can’t digest. Eat brown instead of white rice; also, wheat instead of cassava or yam.
Lean meat—if you must eat meat, settle for leaner meat, such as fish, chicken, or turkey.
Unsaturated fats—these come from plant sources and are liquid at room temperature. Primary sources include olive oil, canola oil, nuts, and avocados. Also focus on omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation and support brain and heart health. Good sources include salmon, tuna, and flaxseeds.
Antioxidants—these are powerful vitamins found in fruits and vegetables. They include antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium.
Eat a wide range of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables. Colourful fruits and vegetables are rich in phytochemicals, a potent disease–fighting and immune–boosting nutrient. The greater the variety of colours that you include, the more you will benefit.
Water—Water stimulates the immune system, removes waste and toxins, and transports nutrients to all your organs.
BY KEMI LAWAL