Cancer is a NASTY disease, and one way or another, affects every single one of us at some point in our lives.
If you are a male, statistics show that 1 in 2 will develop cancer, and if you’re a female, your odds are slightly better at 1 in 3.
Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in our country, and in 21 states including California, it has jumped up to #1!
No one wants to get cancer, of course.
Fortunately, there are so many things we can all do to protect ourselves from becoming one more number in the epidemic-level cancer statistics.
Not everyone takes advantage of these easy lifestyle tips. And unfortunately, not every case of cancer can be prevented. There is an old saying – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – SO TRUE!
I am here to tell you that you DO have the ability to prevent cancer. For years, people have blamed cancer on genes. Let me tell you something, our genes haven’t changed for 40,000 years, and yet in the past 50 years, we have seen the incidences of cancer skyrocket.
What research is showing is that it’s NOT our genes that has caused this geometric change, its EPIGENTIC. What this means, is that 95% of all cancers can be prevented by how you eat, how you move, and how you think!
With that, I know you’re going to want to start incorporating more of these 25 ways to prevent cancer in your daily life.
So let’s jump right in with my top tips!
- Eat more greens.
Spinach, Swiss chard, watercress, kale, romaine lettuce, turnip greens, collard greens, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and other green vegetables are rich in folate (aka. folic acid). This B-vitamin keeps cells from mutating into cancer cells. Folate especially prevents against colorectal and pancreatic cancers.
Cancer cells LOVE sugar.
Cancer cells develop from an increase in toxins, and as the toxins increase, there is less oxygen available to the cell.
Otto Warburg won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933 for proving that when the human cell gets deprived of 60% or more of its oxygen, it turns cancerous. Without an ample supply of oxygen, your cells revert to a more primitive mode of respiration to stay alive. Your cells need energy to live, and if they can’t get that energy from oxygen, they get it from the fermentation of sugar!
So if you eliminate sugar from this dangerous equation, cancer cells have nothing to feed off of. And that’s exactly what you want.
- Use turmeric in your cooking.
Turmeric is one of the most powerful cancer fighters you will find! The active ingredient in the spice 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 the most affected by it.
Cancer fighting tip: Add a pinch of black pepper to turmeric to increase the potency by 2,000%.
Cut out chemical-filled “diet” foods.
The worst offenders are artificial sweeteners, which as you know have been linked to cancer for decades, even as their popularity in the American diet has risen.
That’s not the only so-called healthy food to avoid though. Foods labeled low fat, and low sodium, as well as most processed snacks and cereals are filled with chemicals, many of which have been linked to cancer over the years.
- Eat more garlic.
Garlic lowers your risk of gastrointestinal cancers like colon, esophageal, and stomach cancer.
- Avoid trans fats.
Trans fats interfere with your body’s ability to fight cancer, can be found in:
- Butter substitutes
- Vegetable and canola oils
- Baked goods like doughnuts, pies, cakes, and muffins
- Processed foods like crackers, chips, and microwave popcorn
- Fried foods
- Dry Roasted Nuts of all kinds
- Eat your broccoli.
Just like your mom always told you! This green superfood is the highest in Sulphoraphane among cruciferous vegetables. That’s the powerful phytonutrient that flushes out cancer-causing chemicals and targets tumor growing cells.
Diffuse frankincense oil.
There’s a reason this oil was so revered in biblical times. Studies have shown the oil can kill cancer cells. Talk to your doctor about the best way to use frankincense oil in your treatment. We have been using this in my father’s diffuser at night, as well as putting it on his feet every night before going to sleep. You can also take 1 to 2 drops on your thumb, and rub it directly onto the roof of your mouth.
- Take ginger supplements and add it to your dishes.
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.
- Drink more water.
Drinking enough water may help prevent bladder and colon cancers. Big caveat on this one: Make sure it’s filtered water with a high pH.
- Enjoy tomatoes year around.
Tomatoes are the top food source of lycopene, which 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. With that said, in my opinion, organic fresh is ALWAYS best, and is better than any canned food, despite what the studies say.
- Get exercise regularly.
Many, many studies have shown a link between regular exercise and preventing cancer. In fact, one study found that people who increase their workouts’ intensity, duration, or frequency reduced their risk of colon cancer by 30 to 40%. Similar links have been found with breast cancer, lung cancer, and reproductive cancers in both men and women.
- Go nuts!
Pistachios, macadamia nuts, and raw almonds 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.
Drink more tea.
One of your favorite alkaline drinks contains flavonoids including kaempferol, an antioxidant that protects against cancer. Studies have linked tea consumption to lower risk of ovarian and breast cancers. Both hot and cold teas contain flavonoids, so enjoy tea year around, and don’t forget about detox tea.
- Be careful with non-dairy milks.
While almond, cashew, and coconut milks are a much better alternatives to cow’s milk, not all nut milks are created equal! Check labels to avoid carrageenan, a known carcinogen that studies have also shown to be linked to inflammation and ulceration of the colon. Also, many nut milks contain cane sugar which is highly acidic. Just because it is almond or coconut milk, doesn’t make it good. If store bought, coconut milk is always better than almond milk. My preference is always to make my nut milks at home when I have the time (it only takes 10 minutes and a blender).
Read here about the good, bad, and ugly of nut milks, and get my favorite at home nut milk recipes:
- Get plenty of 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.
Studies have shown that Omega 3 in particular inhibits cancer cell growth. Be sure to supplement with Omega 3 fatty acids in addition to eating foods like organic, wild-caught Pacific salmon, since it’s very difficult to get enough from your diet.
Eat more antioxidant foods.
When you think of antioxidants, you probably think of berries and red wine. But did you know that these foods also pack a free radical-fighting punch?
- Kidney beans
- Pinto beans
- Green apples
In addition to antioxidant foods, the MOST powerful form of antioxidant comes through something known as molecular hydrogen, a component found in my favorite alkaline water system. Hands down, the most powerful filter, alkalizer of water, and antioxidant, ALL IN ONE!
18. Cook with beans.
Beans 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. And finally, as you saw above, certain beans contain high levels of antioxidants. Colon and breast cancers seem especially affected by bean consumption. With that said, stick with the smaller beans like adzuki, and be sure to soak overnight and ideally sprout for a day.
- Get clean.
Remember, you’re NOT what you eat, you’re what you ABSORB!
If your digestive system is not properly absorbing nutrients, that leads to toxicity. And a build-up of toxins leads to cancer. A great way to jump start this is with the 7-Day Alkaline Cleanse.
- Try rebounding.
My favorite acid-crushing exercise, the rebounder, or mini trampoline, helps your lymphatic system clear out toxins. Other forms of lymphatic drainage are the dry skin brush, whole body vibration, and lymphatic massage.
Drink green smoothies and juices.
Fresh, green juices and smoothies are not only a way to increase the green vegetables that deliver cancer-fighting folate, they also give you a boost of antioxidants, chlorophyll, and anti-inflammatories, depending on what you juice or blend with your greens.
Eat more phytonutrient foods.
Phytonutrients are minerals and other natural chemicals that are cancer preventative such as:
- Beta-carotene – found in carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, and winter squash
- Luteolin – found in celery, rutabagas, spinach, parsley, thyme, peppermint, and basil
- EGCG – found in green tea
- Piperene – found in black pepper
Reduce your meat consumption.
Red meat as well as processed meats like bacon, sausage, ham, and cold cuts have a proven link to cancers of the digestive tract. There are better sources of protein – check out my top list of alkaline proteins here, and if going animal based, choose wild caught salmon, sardines, or anchovies.
Get plenty of vitamin D.
Vitamin D3 lowers the incidence of 15 different types of cancer, so spend a little time outside each day when the sun is out, and supplement with 5,000 IU of D3 daily (check with your health care provider as everyone has different needs).
- Take Alkamind daily supplements.
By adding Alkamind Daily Greens and Alkamind Daily Minerals to your routine, you’ll be clearing out more of the toxic load your cells have to face and ensuring you’re getting enough of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients your body needs to fight off free radicals and other friends of cancer.