I’m convinced that fighting cancer is not just about going for conventional treatments. From what I’ve read and researched, I think a more holistic approach can make a more effective “fighting pack”. This means looking at all areas of your life – your lifestyle, stress levels, exercise and diet.
A friend recommended an excellent easy to read book to me called “Anticancer” by a doctor named David Servan-Schreiber. The main topic of this book talks about the food you eat and the ability to fight cancer with your diet. Many studies have been completed to support the books findings. There are many foods and spices that have been identified as anticancer foods due to their high levels of antioxidants and cancer fighting properties. I won’t go into the details of these amazing properties as I recommend reading the book for more information.
I have listed most of these foods below:
- Tomatoes – cooked
- Cruciform vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, bok choi
- Sweet potatoes
- Squash, pumpkin
- Olives and olive oil
- Green tea
- Herbs – chives, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, mint
- Berries – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries
- Peaches, plums, nectarines, citrus fruit
- Dark chocolate
- Omega 3 rich foods such as fatty fish
If it’s available and affordable, organic foods are the first choice. Eliminate processed foods and reduce your dairy, sugar and meat intake. Even if you don’t have cancer you can reduce the possibility by changing your diet and eating more of these anticancer foods that can build up your immune system.
I told my Mom, imagine all these anticancer foods as little army men going into her body and fighting against the cancer cells. What better way to think of it to motivate one to eat more vegetables 😉
Check out this post on what to cook with anticancer foods: