Detox your Diet: Cancer Prevention and Diet Tips

by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND May 13, 2009

1. Get regular check-ups

• Many cancers can be prevented/discovered in the early stages with screening tests available through your healthcare provider

2. Go Vegetarian

• Eat more vegetables (especially tomatoes and coniferous vegetables); fruits, whole grains, and legumes to help optimize body weight, immune function, hormone regulation, and avoid meat-related carcinogens, all of which may influence cancer risk

3. Focus on Fiber

• Eat foods rich in fiber, especially those made with whole grains, to help reduce the risk of several cancers

4. Find healthy fats

• More meals containing olive oil or fish, help protect against cancer, and avoiding fat from meat, dairy, and processed foods, may decrease cancer risk

5. Avoid alcohol

• Use alcohol beverages in moderation or not at all to reduce the risk of many cancers

Health Benefits of Antioxidant intake:

• Antioxidants help protect against free radical damage and help boost the immune system

• Free radicals are highly reactive compounds that are created in the body during normal metabolic functions or introduced from the environment

• Free radicals interfere with the cells’ ability to function normally and are believed to play a role in more than 60 different health conditions, including heart disease and cancer

• Antioxidants stop free radicals from forming & minimize the damage caused by free radicals

• Thus, increasing the intake of antioxidant nutrients has the potential to reduce the risk of free radical-related health problems

• Antioxidant nutrients include:

- Vitamins: A, C, E, and B-vitamins

- Minerals: Selenium & Zinc

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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