Today more than ever, it is important to recognize the value of healthy foods and the role they play in cancer prevention. It is equally important to understand how our bodies respond to these foods, so you can make informed choices about your diet, and make every effort to be as cancer free as possible.
Combat free radicals
Free radicals can damage important cellular molecules and have been implicated as a major contributor to cancer, so how do you avoid them? Eating foods that are rich in antioxidants can neutralize the damage caused by free radicals and provide the balance your body needs to fight them, but which ones will provide you with the essential antioxidants needed to fight cancer?
The following foods are just a few of the more popular fruits and vegetables considered to be a great source of antioxidants, and their additional health benefits may surprise you too:
Artichoke hearts these are not only a wonderful source of antioxidants but are also low in calories and high in vitamins.
Beans kidney and pinto beans are two of the highest for antioxidants, but don't rule out black beans or any other dried bean. They are also high in fiber and protein.
Cranberries- Also great for kidney stone prevention and fighting urinary tract infections.
Pecans also good for lowering cholesterol, but stay away from the pies!
Apples not all varieties have the same amount of antioxidants, but Red Delicious and Granny Smith have the highest. New studies show that apples may be beneficial in preventing osteoporosis.
Blueberries This little super fruit contains some of the highest levels of antioxidants and may reduce the effects of age related conditions such as Alzheimer's and dementia.
Broccoli Is also a great source of calcium for those who don't consume dairy.
Tomatoes In addition, this fruit has been proven to prevent cataracts and heart disease.
Foods to PH balance your body
There has been some debate surrounding your body's ph balance and it's affect on cancer prevention. Many people believe that following a strict diet to maintain your body's ph level, has reversed their cancer and improved their overall health. Though this has not been medically proven, it is a theory, and one that should be looked at closely.
In order for your body to be optimally healthy, it requires equal levels of alkaline based and acid based foods. Having too much acid in your body, promotes disease and sickness, but having too much alkaline isn't healthy either. So how do you know which group a food falls into?
Some alkaline based foods:
Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, onions parsnips, peas, peppers, radishes, tomatoes, watercress, apple, apricot, avocado, berries, cantaloupe, figs, grapes, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, raisins, strawberries, watermelon.
Some acid based foods:
Lentils, barley, black beans, blueberries, bran, cranberries, wheat, oatmeal, rice, rye, noodles, macaroni, bread crackers, wheat and white flour, chick peas, soy beans, butter, cheese, ice cream, milk, cashews, peanuts, peanut butter, pecans, walnuts, bacon, beef, clams, fish, lamb, lobster, salmon, sausage, tuna, turkey, veal, venison.
As you can see, even though your citrus fruits are acidic, they are considered a high alkaline based food and some of your higher antioxidant foods fall under the acid based food group. Each food group carries unique value, and excess of one over the other can create disharmony within your body.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be complicated. Understanding food and how it affects your body, is your best defense in the prevention of cancer and other diseases as well.