Cancer Causing Foods We Probably Eat Every Day

We know that foods can be both poison & medicine if we intake in proper quantity & in proper manner. There are several foods that we consume regular without knowing that may cause cancer.

 

In summer season, most consumed food product is soda. Loaded with sugar, that cause weight gain and contribute to the nationwide epidemic of obesity. Sodas contain artificial colorings and food chemicals like derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI); no wonder soda pop has been shown to cause cancer.

 

Processed & smoked meats are also our favorite food item, which cause cancer. Processed meats contain numerous chemicals and preservatives, including sodium nitrates, which make them, look appealing and fresh but are well known carcinogens. Smoking meats seem to be particularly bad as the meat picks up tar from the smoking process. Yes, tar, the same deadly ingredient that cigarette smoke contains.

 

Now let’s talk about our favorite snack. Yes, we know, potato chips are cheap, great tasting, quick snack, however, the negative effects they have on your body may not be worth the little bit of pleasure you derive from these crispy snacks.Potato chips have artificial flavors, numerous preservatives, and colors as well, which is something else your body doesn’t need.Potato chips are fried in high temperatures to make them crispy but this also causes them to make a material called acrylamide, a known carcinogen that is also found in cigarettes.

 

Another well-known food item is hydrogenated oils. These are used to preserve processed foods and keep them looking appealing for a long as possible. Hydrogenated oils influence our cell membranes’ structure and flexibility, which is linked to cancer.

 

Foods that are highly salted, pickled, or smoked are very much carcinogenic.There is overwhelming evidence that eating these types of foods greatly increases the risk of colorectal cancer and higher rates of stomach cancer. The rates of stomach cancer are much greater in places such as Japan where a traditional diet contains many foods that are highly salted, and/or smoked.

 

Food which tastes sweet, looks sweet are always not sweet for us. Refined sugars are not only known to spike insulin levels, but also to be the most preferable food for cancer cells, thus promoting their growth.And since cakes, pies, cookies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other extremely popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with refined sugars, this helps explain why cancer rates are on the rise these days. Even with artificial sweeteners there is mounting evidence that the chemicals that make up these sweeteners, especially aspartame, break down in the body into a deadly toxin called DKP. When your stomach processes this chemical, it in turn produces chemicals that can cause cancer, especially brain tumors.

 

Alcohol use is the second leading cause of cancer, right behind tobacco use.

 

Last but not the least, Fruits that are non-organic are contaminated with some very dangerous pesticides such as atrazine, thiodicarb, and organophosphates, as well as high nitrogen fertilizers cause cancer. Washing fruit does not remove 100 per cent of the residue. Pesticides are toxic chemicals to insects as well as human beings.

 

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Harmony through Ayurveda

The healing methods of Ayurveda teaches how to maintain our health and wellbeing. Health cannot only be absence of sickness .This includes “Prassanna Atma Manah & Indriya” i.e. A Happy or Content state of our Soul, Mind & Senses.

 

Ayurveda recommends a variety of practical techniques for keeping a Healthy state of body, soul & senses if we can incorporate following few of the steps:

 

Meditate on a regular basis: Studies are increasingly confirming the genetic changes that occur with regular meditation, which can help restore the body’s homeostasis, including the processes controlling digestion. To achieve maximum benefit, meditate for 20 to 30 minutes, twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening

Do some form of yoga every morning, or a daily walk

Don’t overeat: Ayurveda recommends that we leave one-third to one-quarter of our stomach empty to allow space for our body to easily digest our meal. If we eat food more than our stomach can accommodate, then adequate breakdown of food is not possible leading to indigestion.

Eat your largest meal at lunchtime: Ayurveda says that our Agni i.e. digestive fire or power is strongest at noon between 12p.m. to 2p.m., so we must have a heavy meal in between this duration. Studies have shown that digestive juices are in high amount during noon.

Focus on releasing negative emotions: Our emotions influence your digestion. You may get heartburn when you are under stress, loss of appetite when sad, feel nausea before a big exam or presentation. Research show that stress associated with negative emotions can inhibit the normal digestion process and lead to chronic digestive issues.

Helping respiratory distress: If Respiratory system or cardiovascular system has to be maintained in healthy state one must solve condition of chronic Constipation. Ayurveda states that both are interrelated through Vata dosha.

 

“Applying a paste prepared of Ghee & Rock salt over chest & back will help to ease respiratory distress.”

“Helping Cough bouts: If a person suffers cough bouts wrapping a cotton scarf, sipping Luke warm water also helps.”

 

The outcome of recommended method of Ayurveda harmonizes Mental & Physical balance, resulting in regularization of Physiological & Metabolic activity in body.

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SUPERGREENS

Health Benefits of Shalgam patte (Turnip Greens)

• Improves digestive health

• High in antioxidant

• Anti-inflammatory

• Improves heart health

• Improves bone health

• Rich source of beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate , fiber, vitamin E, and vitamin B6

• Rich source of minerals like magnesium, copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus

• Reduces bad cholesterol

• Increases haemoglobin levels

Health Benefits of Colocassia leaves (arbi ke patte)

• Best eaten when cooked

• Rich in antioxidant

• High in fibre and boost digestive health

• Improves eye sight (rich in beta carotene)

• Lowers cholesterol (fibre & methionione)

• Rich in iron (increases haemoglobin levels)

• Rich in Folate (good for pregnant women)

• Boost heart health (Potassium, fibre, reduces homocysteine level)

• Rich in Vitamin C & Threonine (slows aging)

Health Benefits of Amaranth (Chauli leaves)

• High in iron –increases haemoglobin

• Rich in antioxidant

• Rich in calcium- strengthens bones

• Boost digestive health

• Rich in vitamin K

• Boost eye health (rich in beta carotene)

• Lowers cholesterol levels

• Presence of lysine (an essential amino acid) along with vitamin E, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and vitamin C helps to fight against formation of malignant cells.

Health Benefits of Radish Leaves (Muli ke patte)

• Reduces constipation

• Rich in Iron (increases haemoglobin levels )

• Rich in calcium, folic acid, vitamin C

• Controls blood sugar levels

• Helps in flushing out toxins from the body- antibacterial

• Boost immune system

Health Benefits of Curry leaves – kadi patta

• Rich in antioxidant

• Lowers cholesterol levels

• Helps to cure indigestion (gas, acidity)

• Controls blood sugar levels

• Cancer fighting properties

• Rich in Beta carotene – strengthens eye sight and good for hair growth

• Protects liver and helps in detoxification

Health Benefits of Dill leaves/Shepu/Sowa/Suvani bhaji

• Chemo protective

• Boost immunity

• Reduces inflammation

• Contains potent antioxidant enzyme

• Good source of calcium thereby making bones stronger

• Prevents bacterial overgrowth

• Improves digestive health- releases digestive juices and relives from constipation

• Good source of Vitamin A & C

• Rich in iron thus maintains haemoglobin levels

• Maintains proper menstrual cycle

• Has calming properties and can aid insomnia

Health Benefits of Cauliflower greens

• Richest source of iron- increases haemoglobin

• Rich source of calcium- strengthens bones

• High in fibre

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EFFECTIVE CANCER MANAGEMENT

“Cancer” – Since years this disease has threatened mankind and it’s increasing evidence in population has further added to the fear about this disease in people’s mind.

During our seminars we come across patients who have been taking conventional treatments for Cancer from renowned hospitals since years but when it is asked to them that what do they know about the disease, the answer is – “ I have Cancer and it leads to death…”.

This is the only definition of Cancer most of the people have. Unfortunately the scenario remains same even for the urban population. This fear of death is inseparably associated with cancer and hence most of the people when they come to know that they are having cancer, just give up instead of fighting against it. Fear comes from ignorance & knowledge is the only tool to overcome it. It is very essential to have correct knowledge of the disease you are suffering as only then you can win over it.

Cancer is curable now and it doesn’t necessarily lead to death is the truth we all should propagate amongst the masses. Patients should be thoroughly educated about disease pathology, its risk factors, correct line of treatment to be adopted, diet to be followed, hygiene to be maintained, precautions to be taken during and after the treatment, etc. Treated patients must know about the lifestyle modifications they should adopt to avoid recurrence of disease.

Moreover there are various myths in people’s mind about Cancer like; cancer is a communicable disease, it is caused by virus or bacteria and it produces germs in patient’s body, cancer and tumor are the same entities, there is no treatment available for last stage cancer etc. All these are false beliefs and it’s a high time we should eradicate such myths right away from the society.

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8 Magical Indian Spices that prevent Cancer

The goodness of Indian spices with cancer-fighting properties and the necessity of their inclusion to our eating habits.

Turmeric/Curcumin: This is the king of spices Turmeric contains the powerful polyphenol Curcumin that has been clinically proven to retard the growth of cancer cells causing prostate cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, brain tumour, pancreatic cancer and leukemia amongst a host of others. Curcumin promotes ‘Apoptosis’- (programmed cell death/cell suicide) that safely eliminates cancer breeding cells without posing a threat to the development of other healthy cells.

Fennel: Loaded with phyto-nutrients and antioxidants, cancer cells have nothing but to accept defeat when the spice is fennel. ‘Anethole’, a major constituent of fennel resists and restricts the invasive activities of cancer cells. It suppresses the enzymatic regulated activities behind cancer cell multiplication. A tomato-fennel soup with garlic make for an ideal entry prior to course meal.

Saffron: A natural carotenoid compound called ‘Crocetin’ is the primary cancer-fighting element that saffron contains. It not only inhibits the progression of the disease but also decreases the size of the tumour by half, a complete goodbye to cancer. Though it is the most expensive spice in the world a few saffron threads come loaded with benefits you won’t regret paying for. Saffron threads can be used in milk, soups, and porridges.

Cumin: Yes, it aids digestion and that is why we like chewing a handful of cumin seeds at the end of every meal. However, its health benefits go beyond. A portent herb with anti-oxidant characteristics, cumin seeds contains a compound called ‘Thymoquinone’ that checks proliferation of cells responsible for prostate cancer. So, instead of loading your usual snack options with calories and oil, add this seasoning to your bread, fried beans or sauce, tadka dal and make the dish rich in flavour and high on health.

Cinnamon: It takes not more than a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder every day to keep cancer risk away. A natural food preservative, cinnamon is a source of iron and calcium. Useful in reducing tumour growth, it blocks the formation of new vessels in the human body. Some of the effective ways of including cinnamon in your diet are:

-Start your day with a cup of cinnamon tea

-Make your breakfast meal a super healthy one by adding this spice to your
morning oatmeal!

-Honey and cinnamon in your glass of milk before going to bed.

Capsaicin (Chilli/Bell peppers): A promising spice with anti-cancer properties. Capsaicin induces the process of apoptosis that destroys potential cancer cells and reduces the size of leukemia tumour cells considerably. It can be concluded that apart from setting our tongues on fire, bell peppers can scare cancer pathogens off too.

Ginger: This humble spice boasts of medicinal qualities that help lowering cholesterol, boost metabolism and kill cancer cells. Easily added to vegetable dishes, fish preparations and salads, ginger enhances the flavour in cooking.

Garlic: The most powerful anti-cancer spice. It lowers the risk of developing all types of cancers especially colon, stomach, intestinal, and prostate cancer. It has strong antibacterial properties as well as the ability to block formation and halt activation of cancer-causing substances. It stops cancer growth and kills cancer cells. Recommended adult dosage of fresh garlic approximately one clove per day.

Others: Cloves, anise, basil, fenugreek, mustard, mint leaves, rosemary, Limonin (fresh lemon), virgin olive, vinegar and avocado are other cancer-fighting diet components.

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ORAL CANCER and its prevention

Cancers of the mouth are among the most preventable cancers,
if caught early.

Oral cancer is the most common cancer in India; as 4 in 10 of all cancers are oral cancers. Annually 130,000 people succumb to oral cancer in India The reason for high prevalence of oral cancer in India is primarily because tobacco is consumed in the form of gutkha, quid, snuff or misri. Oral cancer belongs to a larger group of cancers called head and neck cancers. Most develop in the squamous cells found in the tissues that line the mouth and lips. They are most often discovered after they have spread to the lymph nodes of the neck. Early detection is key to surviving oral cancer.

One of the biggest risk factors of oral cancers are related to tobacco and alcohol use, especially when both products are used on a regular basis. Other risk factors include HPV infection (a sexually transmitted virus),chronic facial sun exposure, a previous diagnosis of oral cancer, a family history of oral or other types of cancer.

Symptoms of oral cancer include a sore on the lips or mouth that won’t heal,a mass or growth anywhere in the mouth, bleeding from the mouth, loose teeth, pain or difficulty with swallowing, trouble wearing dentures, lump in neck, ear-ache that won’t go away, dramatic weight loss; lower lip, face, neck, or chin numbness, white, red patches in mouth or lip . Many times people will notice a sore mouth but usually will not take it too seriously and just wait for it to go away. During this period of waiting, the cancer may be metastasizing or spreading. Regular dental or doctor examinations usually discover many oral cancers. Some of the tests used to confirm the diagnosis include a biopsy along with X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or PET scans to determine if the cancer has spread. Cancers of the mouth are among the most preventable cancers. One of the most important things you can do is visit a doctor once a year for a complete oral examination.

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Prevent Cancer naturally with Minerals

A variety of different nutrients are crucial for our body to prevent cancer. The best way to beat cancer naturally is to adopt a life-style to prevent it. Healthy, nutrient-rich food is an essential part of any anti-cancer plan. Here are my picks for the top 5 minerals that help protect against cancer

 

1. Calcium: A proven protector against colon cancer, this mineral is integral for maintaining the health of bones and teeth, blood clotting, and cellular metabolism. Excellent sources include: nuts and seeds, carrot juice, dark green vegetables, salmon and sardines, sea fish.

2. Iodine: This mineral is found in sea salt. It helps protect the body from breast cancer and is required for energy and the growth and repair of healthy tissues. Salt fortified with high amount of Iodine is always better.

3. Magnesium: This mineral protects against cancer in general, maintains the pH balance of the blood, as well as aids the formation of your body’s genetic material–RNA and DNA. While damaged genetic material can put you at risk for cancer, magnesium helps with the repair work. It is found in many foods, including: nuts, fish, brown rice, whole grains, and green vegetables.

4. Selenium: This mineral help proper detoxification of the body. Because toxins/toxics build- up in the body is linked to cancer, hence assisting your body with its natural, ongoing detoxification processes helps lessen your risk of cancer. In research, low dietary levels of selenium have been correlated with higher cancer incidence. Supplementation with selenium is a valuable cancer prevention tool.

5. Zinc: A powerful protective agent against prostate cancer, this mineral is also necessary for the formation of RNA and DNA and a healthy immune system. And, you guessed it: a healthy immune system is better able to kill cancer cells. Zinc is found in pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, seafood, whole grains, soybeans, and onions.

It’s important to get a wide range of nutrients to fight off cancer, let’s start with some !!!

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Applied Ayurveda & Cancer treatment

The main idea behind Ayurvedic medicine is that health problems happen because one’s mind, body and spirit are out of balance, which depends upon the Metabolism of body. Ayurveda aim to bring balance and harmony back into a patient’s body, which in turn prevents or cures disease.

 

“Swasthsya Swastha Rakshanam, Aaturasya Vikar Prashaman Cha”

The above mention sutra states that certain combinations of Ayurveda helps to:

• Increase energy and wellbeing

• Balance mind, body and spirit

• Decrease stress

• Possibly prevent and cure disease

Ayurvedic concept of cancer diathesis and its pathogenesis in terms of the theory of body tissue, the metabolism of food, channels of the body who carry the nutrition to required tissue, and the generic sequence of events in the genesis of a disease. All this depicts a new paradigm of the disease state. This paper also examines the scope of plant drugs used in the treatment of cancer.

Principles of Ayurvedic treatment:

Abuse of nature’s law upsets the human system and ends up in disease like cancer. It is again the nature, the foremost physician who brings the cure. The Ayurvedic system of medicine was well founded on the basic principles of nature and its elements after a careful and thorough study of human physiology. This is the first system to emphasize health as the perfect state of physical, psychological, social and spiritual component of a human being.

The therapeutic approach of Ayurveda has been divided into four categories as health maintenance, disease cure, restoration of normal function and spiritual approach.

Finding the cause of an illness is the basic goal of Ayurvedic therapy. Classification of disease development has been done into six stages that include Aggravation, Accumulation, Overflow, Re-Location, Build-up in a new location, and Manifestation into are cognizable diseases. Ayurveda helps diagnosing an illness at even initial stages of body imbalance and the therapeutic approach maintains a balance by supplying deficient substances as well as reducing the excessive ones. Surgery is considered only for advanced cases Cancer effects.

“Rectifying the metabolism of body helps in achieving the set target of treating the Cancer as a tumor is formed because of Cancer, which is in whole a disease tumor itself is not the disease .”

To treat Cancer we need to treat the root cause of disease, only treating the symptoms will not help in eradicating the disease completely from body, which if not done causes recurrence of the same, so recurrence can also be prevented by following Ayurvedic line of treatment for diseases including Cancer.

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Prevent Cancer with Phytonutrient Power

Phytonutrients are natural compounds found in plant foods such as vegetables, fruit, whole grain products and legumes. These plant compounds have beneficial effects working with other essential nutrients to promote good health.

 

Plants contain thousands of natural compounds that science has shown benefit human health and shield us against chronic diseases ranging from heart disease and stroke to diabetes, dementia and cancer. There are still thousands of yet unidentified chemical compounds in plants and vegetables we consume that likely work in synergy with existing phytonutrients that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to promote healthy metabolism and cellular homeostasis.

Many of us are well aware of macronutrients, such as carbohydrates, protein and fat, as well as micronutrients, such as the vitamins and minerals that are listed on FDA-regulated food labels. But too few of us are familiar with phytonutrients — plant-based micronutrients that offer many health benefits and may help ward off chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

 

“Phyto” means plant

• Phytonutient literally means plant nutrient.

• There are hundreds of phytonutrients that are often referred to as phytochemicals also.

• Common phytonutrients include carotenoids such as lutein, flavonoids, coumarins, indoles, isoflavones, lignans, organosulfures and plant sterols.

Powerful antioxidants

• Many phytonutrients have antioxidant properties that help prevent damage to cells throughout the body.

• A number of phytonutrients have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

• Experts believe that eating plenty of phytonutrient-rich foods promotes healthy aging.

Other biological roles

• Phytonutrients may have other bioactive functions for promoting health.

• Some may have positive effects on the immune system and hormones.

• Phytonutrients may also act as antibacterial or antiviral agents.

Phytonutrient rich foods

• Red, orange and yellow vegetables and fruit (such as tomatoes, carrots, peppers, squash, sweet potatoes, peaches, mangos, melons, citrus fruits, and berries)

• Dark green leafy vegetables (such as spinach, kale, bok choy, broccoli, Swiss chard, and romaine lettuce)

• Garlic, onions, chives and leeks

• Whole grain products (such as brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, barley, wheat berries, and whole wheat whole grain breads and whole grain cereals)

• Nuts and seeds (such as walnuts, almonds, sunflower, sesame and flax seeds)

• Legumes (such as dried beans, peas, lentils, soy beans and soy products)

• Tea and coffee (such as green tea, black tea and other herbal teas)

Enjoy the rainbow

• Phytonutrients are responsible for the vibrant colours found in vegetables and fruit.

• For example the phytonutrient lycopene helps give tomatoes and watermelon their red color.

• By enjoying a rainbow of vegetables and fruit everyday, you can make the most of many of the phytonutrients nature has to offer.

The following 10 natural substances have been demonstrated to be the most effective

1. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG): A green tea extract

2. Curcumin: The primary polyphenol in turmeric root

3. Resveratrol: A phytochemical found in grapes, peanuts, Japanese knotweed

4. Lycopene: A red carotenoid found in watermelon, pink grapefruit, and tomatoes

5. Pomegranate extracts

6. Luteolin: A flavonoid found in peppers and various green vegetables

7. Genistein: A phytochemical found in soy, red clover, and coffee

8. Piperine: A phytochemicals found in black pepper

9. β-carotene: An orange carotenoid found in various vegetables

10. Sulforaphane: A sulfurous phytochemical found in Cruciferous vegetables

 

“Phytonutrients , also a milestone in the improvement of cancer treatment because the synthetic anticancer drugs that are currently used are often highly toxic for healthy organs and weakens the patient’s immune system.”

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PREVENTION OF CANCER BY EXERCISE

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” – Plato(427-347 B.C.)

 

Thus comes the important role of exercise to maintain our natural health. We now know that cancer is a preventable disease; atleast 70% cancers can be prevented by just altering our life-styles. There are lots of ways by which we can prevent cancer of which one is exercise of course. More than 200 epidemiologic studies have been done to show that exercise can prevent Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Endometrial (Uterus) Cancer, Kidney Cancer and probably Prostate Cancer also.

~Breast Cancer:
At least 60 studies were done till 2006 on exercise to show the reduction of Breast Cancer risk. The data show that inactive women are more prone to get Breast Cancer. On an average, around 60 percent reduction of Breast Cancer risk can be obtained by physical activity in both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women by only 30- minute exercise daily.

~Colon Cancer:
Research works revealed that risk of Colon Cancer can be reduced by 30 to 40 percent relative to those who lead the sedentary life as it is evident from more than 50 studies till 2006.

~Lung Cancer:
Similarly Lung Cancer risk is also reduced by exercise and this is shown in almost 21 studies till 2005

~Endometrical Cancer:
We have got about 20 studies till 2006, which reveal the physical activity is reducing the risk of endometrial cancer incidence by 20 to 40 percent.

~Prostate Cancer:
There are about 36 research works on the relation of Prostate Cancer and physical activity till 2006. These studies show there might be probability to reduce the risk of Prostate Cancer by exercise.

How much exercise is sufficient?
Research works show that exercise for 30 minutes daily is sufficient to reduce your cancer risk.

What kind of exercise we should do?

1) Go on cycling, dancing, skipping, walking, running, swimming etc.

2) Get off the bus or tram one stop earlier and just walk the rest to reach your destination.

3) Do your household works extensively like cleaning the rooms, gardening, mowing the lawn.

4) Do the works which need sitting and standing.

5) Instead of using lift or escalator, walk up the stairs.

6) Involve with sports like football, cricket, tennis. All sorts of indoor games, athletics etc.

7) Yoga-exercise, light jogging etc. may be preferable.

8) Join a sports-club or a team.

9) Try often to walk to visit your friends rather than send them an e-mail or s.m.s.

10) Try to vary the type of physical activity, so that you would not get bored.

11) Last of all, if your job compel you to sit for a long hours, try to get up of the chair and move for two minutes at an interval of every hour.

Please remember “Prevention is better than cure” and this is applicable to cancer also.

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