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Food for Cancer Patient and How it Protects People from Getting this disease

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I’m a breast cancer patient fighting for my rights to live. I created to show that BIG C is not the end of the world. But a beginning of a fight and a new life. I encourage those who are at the same shoes to fight even if you feel exhausted, even your wallet was drained. That, there are reason to fight back and a reason not to give up. Cheers!

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Discipline and food intake play an important role to protect people from getting cancer. Conventional doctors believe that no food can protect people from getting cancer completely. But this claim is not true.

Whole food is one of the most required foods for a cancer patient and for people who want to protect themselves from getting this disease. Whole food is known as unprocessed and unrefined foods before being consumed. But, food industries are not concerned about the health of many people. Their production is controlled and is based on their profit.

Previously, cancer cannot invade the body. People are eating whole foods like raw vegetables and fruits that are freshly harvested from the garden. Naturally grown and pesticide-free. Seafood is safe from mercury and pollution. Animals lived freely in their respective environment.

Today, businesses are too much concerned with their profit. They produced GMO, and crossbreed the plants and animals. These cause some diseases that affect the health of humanity.

Consequently, deadly diseases are arising including cancer and incurable diseases.

In this article I will share a list of foods for a cancer patient that can heal and defend you from any other disease.

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List of Food for Cancer Patient

1.Apple and fresh fruits that marked with a low glycemic index

Apple is a promising fruit that can help cancer patients to cope up with chemotherapy. It contains a plant-based compound known as polyphenols. Polyphenols have anti-cancer properties that prevent inflammation, infection, and cardiovascular disease. Polyphenol phloretin from Apple stops breast cancer migration by inhibition of signals by type 2 glucose transporter, while not affecting normal cells. About Glucose transporter

While not all fruits are recommended, choose fruits that have a low glycemic index to include in the list of foods for cancer patients.

The Glycemic index is a rank of carbohydrates in foods to how it affects the spike of blood sugar levels.

Low Glycemic Index fruits include apple, strawberry plums, pears kiwi. For the list of low glycemic index click here

2.Cruciferous and Green Leafy Vegetables and Fiber

The greener it is, the more nutrients it has to fight cancer. Dark green leafy vegetables

 have an ample amount of fiber, carotenoids, and Isothiocyanates.

Green leafy vegetables are rich in:

Carotenoids are known for cancer-fighting antioxidants that can enhance your immune system and protect you from diseases such as cancer. Research shows that women with higher levels of carotenoids in their blood have a lower risk of developing breast cancer or recurring breast cancer. Rich color vegetables and fruits are signs of higher levels of carotenoids. Tomatoes, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, spinach, and

cantaloupe are examples.

Fiber-rich food is vital in reducing cancer risk by maintaining your healthy weight and reducing your overall calorie intake. Plant-based fiber and unprocessed food is the best source of fiber.

Cruciferous Vegetables includes Arugula, Bok choy, cabbage Brussels sprout, cauliflower, horseradish, Kale, Turnips, watercress Broccoli, etc. They are part of the Brassica genus of plants.

Cruciferous Vegetables have substance containing sulfur chemicals that are responsible for bitter and pungent aroma known as glucosinolates. (Phytochemical)

Throughout the process of preparation, cooking chewing and digestion the glucosinolates are activated into a biological compound such as indoles, nitriles, thiocyanates, and Isothiocyanates

Isothiocyanates exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidants that interfere with the cancer pathways.

How do Isothiocyanates work?

  • It inactivates carcinogens
  • Induce cell death or apoptosis
  • Inhibit tumor cell migration which is needed for metastasis and tumor blood vessel formation
  • Protect cells from DNA damage    

3.More on Healthy fats

When it says dietary fat, a bad reputation comes along in mind. Advertised products marked as low fat, fat-free, or reduced-fat are said to be healthier for us. But the truth is some are bad, and some aren’t. In fact, our brain which plays a central control of our body is made of 60% fat. So, we need fats to be able to survive. There are three kinds of fat need to consider when preparing foods for a cancer patient.

Maximized Unsaturated fats

The healthy fats or known as “good fat” mainly found in fish vegetables, nuts, and seeds. It is fat needed by the body. These fats are divided into two categories: monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Some examples of food with “good” fats are nuts, avocados, tuna, salmon, etc.

Limit Saturated Fats

The “bad“ kind of fat that can be found in butter, cheese, milk, and oils that often used in baked products. A cancer patient should limit the intake of these fats.

Avoid Trans Fats

The “worst” type of fat that can be found in animal products such as red meat, cheese, and whole milk, etc.

4.Restrain from Consuming Refined Sugar and Carbs

Refined sugar and carbs are known for the rapid spike of blood sugar by 88% that leads to a greater risk of cancer and some serious health problems.

Avoid sugary drinks, white bread and pasta, and processed foods like pizza. Instead, consume whole grains bread or wheat product, brown rice barley, quinoa, and non-starchy vegetables.

5.Limit Processed food and Red meat Products

Red meat and other processed foods like bacon, hotdog, salami are linked in developing cancer due to the preservatives that used to it. Nitrates used in preserving these foods are proven to develop cancer and other diseases. Limiting intake of these foods can be the safest way to avoid cancer.

Healthy ways of preparing food 

Choosing healthy food is one important factor for a cancer patient. But, ways how to prepare, cook and store your food also matters.

Boost yourself with raw vegetables and fruits. It is important to consume all-natural food to preserve its enzyme. Enzymes are essential in a chemical reaction in the body. It digests food into small pieces that enable them to pass through gastrointestinal mucosa into the bloodstream. If the food nutrients are absorbed completely, the body will retain its ability to heal itself.

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Do not overcook your vegetables, steam until tender is the most advisable process to retain its nutrients. The overcooked vegetable is not just losing its nutrients, it also drained the flavor.

Wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Washing produce can save you from a harmful pesticide that was used in it. Mixing some parts of water and salt can eliminate harmful pesticides. Some people also used water and vinegar, or water and baking soda. These mixtures are proven effective in cleaning off pesticides.

Season your food naturally. Avoid using artificial seasoning that uses chemicals. Try flavoring your food by using herbs and spices. Some of the spices are turmeric, ginger, black pepper, garlic. They not only add flavor but have their cancer-fighting nutrients.

 Cut down carcinogenic food

Carcinogenic foods are foods that have a link that causes cancer. The most cancerous food is categorized as Group 1

Group 1 means there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity to humans. These are foods that underwent the preservation process. Examples of these foods are bacon, hotdog, salami, beef jerky, etc. Charred meats, smoked foods, alcoholic beverages, and moldy foods are also categorized as carcinogenic.

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These are common practices to avoid carcinogenic food:

  • Do not fry on high heat.
  • Limit your barbecue cravings
  • Avoid moldy foods
  • Use microwave-safe containers when heating food in a microwave

Physical activities together with proper food for cancer patient

Exercise is strongly suggested for cancer patients during and after chemo. It improves physical functioning and gives positive aspects of quality of life. Moderate exercise is recommended for people getting chemotherapy and radiation. It improves the side effect of chemotherapy like fatigue and anxiety. It also helps strengthen muscles and blood vessels needed by the heart.

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