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Nutrition and Cancer: what link?

By Kathy Emiko

Cancer develops when changes to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the nucleic acids that are the basis of heredity and contain the genetic blueprint, result in the production of malignant cells that replicate but are not controlled or killed by natural defense mechanisms in the body. Cells are most vulnerable to intrusion and damage from cancer-causing agents when cells divide and their DNA uncoil so that the gene information can be copied. Often, cancers are hereditary, meaning there is a predisposition to the disease but, that it needs to be triggered by sources such as chemical toxins and certain fats in the diet.

Additionally, cancers can be triggered by viruses, exposure to industrial pollutants and chemicals – including pesticides, herbicides, toxins in household products, food dyes and cigarette smoke, or as result of radiation exposure from, for example, x-rays, nuclear waste, electronic instruments and dental enamel caps.
No exposure is too small to initiate cellular damage. The cumulative effects from the various sources of cancer–causing substances, stress the immune system. It may take 5 to 30 years, from the time of exposure to a carcinogen before a cancer actually appears.

fruits2For women, breast and reproduction cancers could be caused by high levels of estrogen in the blood. Estrogen stimulates cells production. Factors contributing to estrogen in the body include birth-control pills, and hormone replacement at menopause.

MEAT, POULTRY AND DAIRY FOODS may contain traces from animals that have been given hormones that engender cancer growth; and pesticides and industrial pollutants contain ‘xeno-estrogens’ for foreign estrogens.

FIGHTING CANCER:

Your diet is the place to start. Your diet is a major weapon against cancer. Foods can either promote or prevent the disease. Whole food nutrition allows the body to use its built-in restorative and repair abilities. Meats, high-fat foods, poly-unsaturated fatty acids, trans-fatty acids and excess alcohol are major cancer causers or promoters. Frying, grilling, broiling and barbecuing foods produce cancer–causing chemicals.

Even if your genetics and lifestyle are against you, your diet can still make a tremendous difference in cancer odds. For example, certain body chemicals must be “activated” before they can initiate cancer. Foods can block the activation process. Anti-oxidant foods can snuff out carcinogens, nip free radical cascades in the bud, and even repair some cellular damage.

Certain foods accelerate body detoxification and prevent the genetic ruin of cells, a prelude to cancer; one of the reasons I emphasise detoxification to halt tumour or carcinogen growth.

Healthy food chemicals in cells can determine whether a cancer–causing virus or a cancer promoter, like too much estrogen, will turn tissues cancerous. Even after cells have massed into structures that may grow into tumors, food compounds can intervene to mitigate growth. Some foods actually shrink the patches of pre-cancerous cells.

CANCER-DEFYING HABITS

(a)  Fruits and vegetables are the key: The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the less your cancer risk. Protect yourself by eating as much fruits and vegetables as you can everyday. Eating fruit twice a day, instead of twice a week, can cut the risk of lung cancer by 75 percent, even in smokers.

Two fruits and three vegetable servings daily show amazing anti-cancer results. They don’t stimulate the production of insulin and insulin–like growth factors of the breast, prostrate and colon.

(b)  Healthy fats: Another way of protecting yourself against cancer is to eat good fats. This involves high intake of Omega 3 poly-unsaturated fat e.g. olive oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil and canola oils.
(c)  Ditch the drink: If you want to stay free of cancer, you must keep alcohol consumption to be no more than moderate. Heavy drinking increases the risk of breast cancer. The risk of colon cancer maybe through inadequate folic acid, thought to protect against colon cancer and, which is destroyed by alcohol.
(d)  Excel at exercise:

Just 30 minutes a day can make all the difference; exercising 3 times a week can almost be considered a “cancer defense” in itself.  Exercise acts as anti-oxidant, which enhances oxygen use in the body, altering the way body chemistry controls fat retention and accelerating passage of waste out of the body. Exercise may reduce the risk of breast cancer in older women by reducing the amount of estrogen produced by fat cells and converting more fat into muscle. Exercise helps the muscles to mop up insulin so there is less around to stimulate cancer growth in breast or colon cells.

Foods that provide prime cancer-fighting nutrition:

1. Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables, citrus, tomatoes, and pepper offer anti-oxidant protection.
2. Active culture foods – natural yogurt.
3. Anti-oxidant foods – Oolong tea, yellow, orange and green vegetables and olive oil help normalize pre-cancerous cells.
4. Fibre–rich foods: whole grains, fruits and vegetables absorb excess bile and improve intestinal bacteria.
5. Phyto-chemical foods: cabbage cauliflower helps break down carcinogens and remove them from the body.
6. Folic acid foods: fish, sunflower seeds, greens, citrus fruits are potent.

DETOX SOLUTION

(a) Miracle detox: This is a fat flush detox plan that cleanses the accumulated fats in your tissues and liver and purges fluid build-up from your system. It also prevents new fats, in the form of triglycerides from forming. It is a one-week programme that re-establishes a beneficial fat ration for your body composition, which sets the stage for continuous fat burning and appetite control. Its major ingredients are cranberries (unsweetened), cinnamon (which is a blood sugar stabilizer), ginger (which is a powerful fat flusher) and apple cider vinegar. It comes with an eating plan during the detox and after. 08072444513

(b) Body Perfect Cleansing Cocktail:

A toxic-flushing drink of healing herbs and spices to help cleanse your system, boost metabolism, increase energy, zap cholesterol, balance sugar and salt levels, increase libido, aid digestion and  enhance complexion. Your skin and liver will say a big “THANK YOU”

(c) Oolong Tea (Wu Long or Wuyi Tea): It is a complex, semi-fermented, delicate tea which has enzymes that promote and help our bodies to resist harmful bacteria like staphylococcus aureus. High flavonoids in this tea help to reduce harmful blood clotting that could lead to heart attack. Its highly active enzymes help in burning calories for weight loss. It is a good fasting tea, providing energy support and clear thinking during cleansing. It is a smooth muscle relaxer and also helps against asthma. Latest research from Israel shows that drinking this tea may significantly extend life span for people with heart disease.
Note: Organic raw leaves are best (N1,500 for 125g).

(D) LEMON MAPLE SYRUP DETOX: It is a safe and natural detox with no preservatives or chemical processes. This lemon detox allows the body to cleanse itself naturally of accumulated toxins and helps the body to normalize its weight. The following are benefits of Lemon Maple Syrup Detox.

•Weight-loss, if overweight
•Increased energy vitality
•Shiner hair & stronger nail
•Cleaner skin and eyes
•Better digestion
•Create sense of wellbeing.

PLEASE NOTE:
“100 Key Facts to Longer Life”: This is a must-read health book by Princess Kathy Emiko. This book comes with an eat-right master plan based on African diet and is useful for people desiring long life and healthy living (N500).
For organic Oolong tea leaves, Body Perfect Cleansing Cocktail, detox solutions and “100 Key Facts to Longer Life”, call:

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Exercise may reduce the risk of breast cancer
in older women by reducing the amount
of estrogen produced by fat cells and
converting more fat into muscle.


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