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Cancer fighting diet

Updated on October 4, 2014
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Natasha Pelati has published three books of poetry and writes on real-life experiences with the help of psychology.

A change in lifestyle and eating habits

Cancer is a terrible disease and it can get you down but it does not mean that you are completely doomed!

There is a way to rebuild your immune system and get your body strengthened if you follow a healthy and nutritious eating plan that is loaded with antioxidants to build you up and keep your weight at a normal level.

Cancer is difficult and the modern day lifestyle and the stresses that we face today in this generation is far different to the old days.

People in ancient times lived to be well over 100 years of age and if you look at the Chinese and Europeans of that time, they made time to find a balance with everything.

The first step you need to take is to get your body healthy and strong enough to fight the beating that it is taking.

Once you are able to do that then you need to concentrate on a lifestyle change.

Cancer is different for everyone but there is one thing that is certain and that is the diet.

A healthy diet can make a world of difference to you.

Find a balance or yin and yang to beat cancer or to prevent it
Find a balance or yin and yang to beat cancer or to prevent it

Finding a balance to fight cancer

Exercise is necessary as it stimulates your brain and makes your heart happy.

You do not need to have heavy exercise but a good walk, cycle or swim is of great value.

Meditation in a peaceful environment does wonders for finding a balance with the stress of the disease and to help you think clearly.

Yoga and Thai Chi are also very good for relaxation and strength to fight a good fight!

Be positive and BELIEVE in yourself and the strength that you have as this will push you hard enough to survive cancer.

Comedy and finding time to laugh is also important as you need to focus on happiness while you are going through the transformations.

Berries are full of antioxidants which fight cancer cells
Berries are full of antioxidants which fight cancer cells
Normal and cancer cells
Normal and cancer cells

Antioxidants for cancer

Chemotherapy can harm healthy cells and anti - oxidants can repair damages ones. A good anti oxidant can determine the difference between the cells and will kill cancer cells and help the other cells.

Certain scientists have suggested that anti - oxidants cause cancer but this is not true and for generations and generations, anti - oxidants have been a part of a healthy diet which has led to longevity.

Modern day medicine and the garbage that our foods are loaded with can actually have damaging results to our bodies and although chemotherapy and radiation treatments do help to save lives, they also damage healthy cells and this is where you need to know what foods and vitamins to have in order to fight your way back to a normal and healthy life.

Vitamin C, D and K are great antioxidants as they work to repair damaged cells and build up healthy ones.

Free radicals are natural chemicals in our bodies that play an important role in the cellular process. Too many free radicals or high levels of it, can work against your body and destroy healthy cells and DNA, which leads to potential cancer development.

Antioxidants which is also a natural chemical in our bodies can neutralise free radicals however our bodies rely on outside sources of antioxidants as our body does not produce enough.

Great sources of antioxidants are Vitamin C, E, lycopene and beta carotene.

Smokers have more free radicals then people who do not smoke and for certain cancers you need to consult with a doctor first. Studies have shown that antioxidants in lung cancer patients on chemotherapy or radiation treatments could accelerate the cell damage but I have not found any research concrete enough to suggest that this is true.

Cranberry or berry juice is a super fantastic antioxidant and you can have a glass or two a day. With anything you do it in moderation as overdoing antioxidants can be unhealthy.

Cherries and berries such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are fantastic as they are loaded with vitamin C. Pomegranate juice is also fantastic for fighting cancer.

Any fruit and vegetables that are purple, blue, red, orange or yellow can be healthy for you.

Green peppers, kale, spinach, beets and broccoli are fantastic and should not be processed. When cooking vegetables make them almost raw to keep in the nutrients and NEVER, NEVER buy the canned goods or bottled beetroot.

Keep it fresh and do not overcook your vegetables. If you can eat raw spinach than this is incredible and super healthy.

An apple a day will keep the doctor away and if you are not a fan of apples, learn to eat them.

Zinc is also a great antioxidant and this can be found in oysters, salmon, red meat, chicken, nuts and certain dairy products.

Selenium is also a great antioxidant but it does not work well unless it is combined with protein.

Brazilian nuts, tuna and certain grain products are a good source of Selenium.

Other antioxidants are kiwi fruit, papaya, oranges, nectarines and watermelon.

Pumpkin, squash, brussel sprouts and asparagus as well as artichokes and olives.

A glass of good red wine can also help but when taking treatments alcohol is not suggested.

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Omega 3

The human body cannot manufacture fatty acids on its own and we need essential fatty acids in our bodies.

It is good for brain power and reduces a build up to blood clotting in the brain and insulates nerve cells which is also good for people with bipolar or depression.

Prostate, breast and colon cancer can be prevented with Omega 3.

Supplements of any kind are never better than the natural foods and oils that we digest and it is important to eat and drink everything that is fresh and natural.

Flaxseeds, walnuts, sardines, salmon, cauliflower and brussel sprouts contain Omega 3.

You can also eat scallops and shrimp, legumes and cod as well as basil.

These are great sources of Omega 3 and I find that fish is the best one.

Cancer fighting foods

Cancer fighting foods
Cancer fighting foods

Foods to Fight Cancer

Vegetables such as Spinach, kale, broccoli, pumpkin or anything yellow, purple, orange and green will do.

Keep the vegetables raw or steamed to avoid cooking out all the nutrients.

Fruits such as papaya, oranges, kiwi and anything in the berry family is full of antioxidants to repair cells.

Omega 3 products such as fish and unrefined oils are good to fight cancer.

Find a balance and eat real foods rather than processed garbage.

Believe in yourself and believe that you can fight cancer as so many others have done!

Foods to avoid

Anything processed is bad for you!!!

Sweeteners cannot be digested by the body and they get stored in your kidneys, which leads to problems later on.

Leave out sugar completely or have a teaspoon of raw honey.

Alcohol is not good for you but some in moderation can thin your blood. Honestly Italians have been drinking wine since the beginning of time and with the antioxidants, have had no problems. Again it must be in moderation as no raging alcoholic has lived a healthy life.

Why it processed cheese and fake burgers if you can eat the real thing?

Fresh instead of frozen is important especially with vegetables.

Canned foods are also not good for you and you should have high sodium content.

Caffeine in moderation is fine but if you live on coffee then try to cut down.

Burnt toast or very dark charcoal food is not good for you. If you burn your toast make a fresh one.

Switch cooking oil to olive oil, vinegar to balsamic and if you love salt try to limit yourself.

Sugar in its natural form is good for you so have fruit and avoid refined sugars, syrup and sweeteners.

Spray n cook or artificial flavourants are not good for you and chemicals are not welcome in the body.

Finding the yin and yang in your diet is important and with everything you need to balance it out.

Energy and vitamin drinks as well as diet drinks are to be avoided.

If you need energy there is nothing better than a fruit shake or a berry juice to give you a kick!

Exercise for peace of mind

thai chi

Macrobiotics for cancer

The yin and yang in life is important as it creates a balance with a crazy lifestyle.

For many or most of us the every day stress of life is about running around, quickly eating something and lacking sleep.

We do not take the time these days to find a balance and this causes us to stress more.

The old Italians and European generations had balance as they worked hard, ate good and healthy food and learned to find the time to relax and de - stress.

Learning to switch off and have time to relax is difficult but you do need to find "me" time.

Ancient Chinese also believed in peace and finding the yin and yang in their lifestyles. They ate healthy foods and took the time to unwind with a very stress free lifestyle.

Macrobiotics for cancer is about finding the yin and yang. Although it is not a cure for cancer it does help you beat the disease as you are eating the foods that restore and repair cells.

Many people have found that this diet reverses the effects of cancer and there are testimonies that I have placed on this site.

Cancer patients survival stories

Macrobiotics diet for cancer

Specific types of cancer have a different diet to follow with the macrobiotics plan and you need to consult with doctors or the institute before you select a diet.

The macrobiotics diet is an ancient way of eating and George Ohsawa the founder, suggested that people go back to eating the way that farmers used to eat. Living on the fruits, vegetables and produce that have not been processed.

Michi Kushi learned about the diet and saw that the stages of eating in the diet finally led to the last week consisting of brown rice and water which he decided was not as healthy and realistic for this generations lifestyle.

He took the diet and expanded on it with research and case studies forming an institute called the Kushi Institute.

This is a low fat and high fiber diet which does consist of meat and fish. 50 to 60% of the diet is whole grains, 25% is vegetables and 10% beans.

Fish is on the diet but it is advised to have it with wasabi and ginger to rid any bacteria.

Oils are refined which would be sesame or corn oil.

Natural sea salt and rice vinegar can be used as condiments.

It is low in meat, dairy products and sugar which could make you a little weak but in the long run it will organise your insides and you will be feeling better in no time at all.

Macrobiotics and Kushi Institute
Macrobiotics and Kushi Institute

© 2014 Natasha Pelati


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    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you! Having all the nutrients to prevent cancer can aid in helping the body with strength to fight

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      This is a valuable message for the masses. I am so glad that I follow most of your guidelines listed. It is always better to prevent something, when possible. Voted up and across.

    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Mgeorge, thank you! fast foods and unhealthy snacks are cheaper in most countries and more accessible then healthy foods. It makes it difficult for anyone to eat healthy but it is important and you do feel much better once you have the right foods and nutrition.

      Fourishanyway - the diet can be to prevent cancer too and everything listed should be eaten to have a healthy body. Unfortunately this doesn't help for all types of cancer as some people lack a certain vitamin or have too much of another. Definitely a preventative measure though.

      Thank you, MsDora -its not a great subject to write on but after having so many family members lost to this disease, its important to prevent!

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      A very positive tone on a topic no one likes. Your suggestions are very helpful. Thank you.

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      4 years ago from USA

      Even if someone doesn't have cancer, these are some good tips to follow. Such a dreaded disease.

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      4 years ago from West Georgia

      I had to change my diet for medical reasons. I had never known how difficult it is to eat healthy. Fast food and unhealthy snacks are always so readily available, it takes a little extra effort to eat healthy foods. I have seen improvements after sticking with the healthy diet, and I feel better. You have written a great article, keep it up!


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