While October has been designated Breast Cancer awareness month, here are some thoughts and ideas on what is beneficial on how to boost our immune system and help fight off cancer cells
Thoughts are to strictly limit proteins that come from animal foods and unhealthy fats. In particular, stick to the monounsaturated fats like canola oil and olive oil. Avoid saturated fats like coconut oil, palm oils, and animal fats. Reduce your intake of red meats and limit them to once or twice a week.
Try to increase fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, mushrooms, herbs and teas. Products which contain omega-3’s, are usually found in freshwater fish like salmon and mackerel, are great. Finally you can add complex carbohydrates, yogurt, and seaweed. They are believed to increase the activity of T cells plus their escort cells. These cells increase the production of antibodies and the fighting cells.
In traditional Asian style medicine, herbal remedies and foods are used as a medicine. Within the Asian culture, they have combined many types of herbs that produce healing effects on the body. Some may come from the root, bark, leaves, or seeds of various plants. Other products may be incorporated into food as an ingredient, such as mushrooms or a particular type of spices such as turmeric. Anything that improves overall health is also likely to strengthen the immune system.
Here are more recommended foods to add to your diet:
Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower have a chemical component that can combats breast cancer.
Carrots contain a lot of beta carotene, which may help reduce a wide range of cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast. However it is important not to cook the carrots.
Grapefruits are believed to help prevent cancer by sweeping carcinogens out of the body. Some studies show that grapefruit may inhibit the proliferation of breast-cancer cells.
Rosemary may help increase the activity of detoxification enzymes. An extract of rosemary, has inhibited the development of both breast and skin tumors. Rosemary can be used as a seasoning. It can also be consumed as a tea: Use 1 tsp. dried leaves per cup of hot water; steep for 15 minutes.
Sea vegetables contain beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fiber, chlorophyll and other important fatty acids that may help in the fight against breast cancer.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that attacks roaming oxygen molecules, known as free radicals that are suspected of triggering cancer. They also contain vitamin C, an antioxidant which can prevent cellular damage that leads to cancer. Lycopene becomes more concentrated by cooking tomatoes. By increasing your intake of lycopene studies have shown a reduced risk of breast, prostate, pancreas and colorectal cancer.
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