You’ve heard that berries and red wine are good sources of antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that lead to cancer, but did you know that there are actually many cancer fighters out there that are working just as hard and better for you to keep you healthy?
It’s the harsh reality that 1 in 2 men will develop cancer in their lifetime, and 1 in 3 women. Cancer is something that affects every single person directly or indirectly, in some way or another. In fact, the average person develops 10,000 cancer cells every day, and it’s the job of our immune system to be as strong as possible to neutralize these cancer cells.
Cancer is not something that you get – you don’t wake up with it one day. It is something that develops slowly over time. Research says that many cancers aren’t even detectable with modern technology until it has been growing for 8 years! This is why this is one of the most important articles you will EVER read!
Today, we’re going to walk through my top 10 most powerful foods to combat cancer and why each one is essential in your nutrient-dense, alkaline diet.
Let’s get started!
- Dark, Leafy Greens
Spinach, Swiss chard, watercress, kale, romaine lettuce, turnip and collard greens, and other dark, leafy greens are rich in folate (aka. folic acid). This B-vitamin keeps cells from mutating into cancer cells. Folates especially prevent against colorectal and pancreatic cancers.
Asparagus and Brussels sprouts are also good sources of folate.
How to eat more of it: In addition to salads, dark greens should be added to every smoothie and juice. You can also use them for lettuce wraps and blend them into chilled summer soups.
Featured recipe: Creamy Raw Spinach Soup
The active ingredient in the spice turmeric does double duty to prevent against cancer. It decreases inflammation throughout the body and then makes it nearly impossible for cancer cells to grow. Bladder and gastrointestinal cancers seem most affected by curcumin.
One of the most powerful cancer fighters you will find!
Cancer fighting tip: Add a pinch of black pepper to you turmeric when consuming to increase the potency of turmeric by 2,000%!
How to eat more of it: Add turmeric powder to dishes beyond curries. It works well with lots of veggie dishes, lentils, and soups.
Featured recipe: Smoky & Crispy Chickpeas
If you love garlicky foods, you’ll be happy to hear that it lowers your risk of gastrointestinal cancers like colon, esophageal, and stomach cancer.
How to eat more of it: Add it to dips like hummus and guacamole, salad dressings, tomato sauce, and both hot and cold soups. Featured recipe: Artichoke and Caper “Risotto”
This green superfood is the highest in Sulphoraphane among cruciferous vegetables. That’s the compound that flushes out cancer-causing chemicals and targets tumor growing cells.
How to eat more of it: Add broccoli to your quinoa bowl, stir fry, and raw soup recipes for an easy way to get more of these tasty “little trees.”
Featured recipe: Ultimate Green Smoothie Formula
Ginger may soon be used experimentally on cancer patients for whom chemotherapy is no longer working. It can actually kill and dispose of cancer cells in certain types of cancer like ovarian, so this alkaline spice goes far beyond just soothing an upset tummy and nausea.
How to eat more of it: You can take ginger supplements or add ginger to your stir fry dishes, soups, and smoothies. I also use it as a mild no-acid sweetener in desserts.
Featured recipe: Ginger Cinnamon Fruit with Sweet Tahini Dip
The top food source of lycopene, tomatoes’ health benefits stem from their bright red color. Lycopene has been found to stop endometrial cancer cell growth, as well as help prevent lung, prostate, and stomach cancers.
Surprisingly, lycopene is more concentrated in canned tomatoes than fresh, so feel free to eat year around using canned, organic tomatoes stored in BPA-free cans.
How to eat more of it: In addition to salads, tomatoes are a great addition to raw and hot soups, as well as pasta dishes using alkaline noodles like spiralized zucchini.
Featured recipe: Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes
- Pistachios, Macadamia Nuts, and Almonds
These 3 nuts are particularly high in phytosterols, which have been shown to block estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells, possibly preventing cancer cell growth, and also decrease the likelihood of prostate cancer.
How to eat more of it: Add nuts to your smoothies, salads, and homemade muesli or granola, and use nut spreads on Ezekiel bread or with fruit slices.
Featured recipe: Homemade almond milk
- Detox Tea (featured in the 2-Day Detox Challenge)
One of your favorite morning drinks contains flavonoids including kaempferol, an antioxidant that protects against cancer. Studies have linked tea consumption to lower risk of ovarian and breast cancers.
How to drink more of it: Both hot and cold teas contain flavonoids, so enjoy tea year around.
Featured recipe, the most powerful tea you will find: Tumeric Ginger Lemon Tea
- Healthy Fats
Most people don’t think of eating more fats when they think of cancer prevention, but the truth is, healthy oils like coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil, and seeds like flax, chia, and hemp are great cancer preventers. By delivering the all-important Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids and fighting the toxic build-up of the Standard American Diet (SAD), these good fats keep your cells healthy.
How to eat more of it: Add coconut oil and seeds to just about every smoothie you make, and sprinkle morning porridge, salads, and soups with seeds. Use coconut oil as your default cooking oil and when the flavor won’t work, use extra virgin olive oil.
Featured recipe: Coco Banana Fro-Yo
These fight cancer in more ways than one. First, they aid absorption of nutrients and help sweep toxins out of your body. Second, they increase the level of the fatty acid butyrate, which inhibits the growth of cancer. Colon and breast cancers seem especially affected by bean consumption.
How to eat more of it: Most beans are alkaline, so add them on your quinoa bowls, “burrito bowls,” salads, and alkaline pastas, and eat hummus with veggies regularly.
Featured recipe: Black Bean and Avocado Lettuce Cups
- Bonus! Alkamind Daily Supplements
By adding AlkaMind Daily Greens and AlkaMind Daily Minerals to your daily routine, you’ll be clearing out more of the toxic load your cells have to face and ensuring you’re getting enough calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium bicarbonate to neutralize any acid that has built up in your system.