What you put on the end of your fork is crucial to whether or not you’re feeding your cancer or eating your way out of it
Most of us live busy and stressful lives and it’s easier just to grab something quick and worry about nutrition later. But real, quality food is vital for good health. If you already have cancer, it’s important that you don’t fuel the fire by making toxic foods part of your diet.
Nature’s Powerful Cancer Fighting Vegetables
One of the most powerful foods found in nature are cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Scientists from Johns Hopkins University are among those who have studied cruciferous foods and discovered that this class of vegetables delivers a particularly powerful punch against the formation and growth of cancer.
What is the secret ingredient of cruciferous foods? A naturally occurring phytochemical called sulforaphane. Do you know which cruciferous vegetable contains the highest concentration of this important molecule? Discover the answer in this Templeton Wellness article.
Fermented Foods are Heroes in the Fight Against Cancer
Fermentation is an age-old food preservation process that also adds to the nutrient content of food. Almost any vegetable can be fermented, and it is this fermentation process that creates probiotics—live beneficial bacteria—that help fortify the digestive tract. Along with being tasty, fermented foods are effective weapons in the fight against a compromised immune system.
Do you know which commonly consumed fermented food contains not one, but eight different naturally occurring compounds that work to reduce the risk of cancer? Discover the answer, along with a two-ingredient recipe that costs pennies per serving, in this Templeton Wellness article.
Sea Vegetables are Serious Cancer Inhibitors
Sea vegetables contain compounds that can inhibit cancer cell growth and prevent metastasis. Kombu and arame (brown seaweeds), dulse (a red seaweed), kelp, wakame, and nori are common options. You’ll want to be sure to source your seaweed products from non-contaminated waters, such as the southeastern coast of Argentina or the Patagonian shores. Ideally, obtain them from a company that tests their products for contamination.
Healing Herbs: Nature’s Medicine Cabinet
There is a wealth of healing herbs available—many are as effective as pharmaceuticals and much safer. Cilantro, arugula, garlic, and onions are natural chelators of heavy metals in your body. Burdock is a member of the daisy family—its roots contain health-promoting antioxidants, including quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids and is used to combat cancer and improve arthritis. Oregano is an herb that can reduce inflammation, fight bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections, and even shrink tumors. Thyme is a member of the mint family and can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and is also a cancer fighter.
There is one particularly potent plant you may not have heard of. Discover why Graviola tea was so instrumental in the disappearance of bladder cancer for Kary Gould’s father after only four months of drinking it, that the operation to remove his bladder was cancelled! Watch the Templeton Wellness video interview here.
Seriously Superior Spices
There are some simple, yet powerful spices that you can use in your battle against cancer. While you may be enjoying ordinary spices like salt and pepper, what do you really know about them?
It’s best to fill up your salt shaker with a natural salt instead of the standard “table salt” most of us grew up with. Celtic sea salt is a good replacement as it is rich in 84 minerals and trace elements and many say it is superior in taste. Pink Himalayan salt is another naturally occurring salt that contains those same beneficial minerals.
I don’t recommend using black pepper, especially if you have cancer. Black pepper contains safrole (banned by the FDA after it was found that injecting large amounts caused liver cancer in lab rats). Instead, I would opt for cayenne pepper. Cayenne has anti-fungal properties and is a circulatory stimulant for our digestive and lymphatic systems.
Turmeric is one of my favorite spices. It’s a golden spice that delivers some powerful benefits due to its high amounts of the antioxidant called curcumin. I also like cinnamon—another of the most beneficial spices on earth. Curcumin and cinnamon are both known for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, immune-boosting, and cancer-fighting properties.
Whatever You Put on Your Plate, Be Sure It’s Organic
Why? Researchers in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that it is possible to cut your cancer risk simply by eating organic. In fact, of the 68,946 adults studied who frequently ate organic foods, 73% were less likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma and 21% were less likely to develop postmenopausal breast cancer. Even participants who ate low-to-medium quality diets yet stuck with organic food experienced a reduced risk of cancer, the authors found.
And when you’re eating out, don’t put your healthy diet on the back burner. Check The Templeton List to find quality, vetted healthy, organic restaurants near you!
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