Until just a few generations ago, our ancestors were wonderfully fit and healthy compared with present-day generations. The majority lived good, active, healthy lives and ultimately died peacefully in their sleep. Today that is a rarity.
Chronic disease, chronic pain, cancer, and prolonged end-of- life care were rare for our ancestors. Today, however, it is becoming much more the expected outcome for us. What single difference between these two centuries impacts our bodies the strongest? The overwhelming difference in our lives is the refined, processed, chemical-laden foods that we eat. In order to achieve and maintain a cancer free life, it is necessary to make some dietary changes.
What you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat. A good diet will not only benefit the non-cancerous cells it can also “starve” the cancer cells. A bad diet, on the other hand, can actually “feed” the cancer cells. An unhealthy diet is a major contributing factor to almost all chronic diseases including cancer. By eating high alkaline, organic whole foods, you can give your body and immune system the tools necessary to heal. When body tissues have a high alkaline level, they are better able to hold on to more oxygen as compared to tissues with a high acid level. An acidic body is an ideal host for yeasts, fungi and parasites. An alkaline body on the other hand, may reduce inflammation which has been shown to improve cardiovascular health and offer protection from high cholesterol, hypertension and stroke.
A quick and effective way of raising the body’s alkalinity is by juicing. By juicing various nutritious fruits and vegetables, you receive rapid absorption of the nutrients and they retain most of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that would be found in their whole version.
A healthy gut is the key to a well-nourished body. As your first line of defense against disease, the digestive system houses up to 80% of immune system cells. When functioning optimally, digestive enzymes breakdown large food molecules into smaller units that can be absorbed by the blood and into cells so the body is properly nourished. Sugar disrupts the delicate balance of gut bacteria, which promotes digestive issues and inflammation in the gut.
Proper hydration is also necessary to optimize the creation of new blood cells and bone cells. Also, water naturally helps to remove toxins through the lymphatic system, intestines and kidneys. Another way of eliminating toxins and supporting your liver can be as simple as adding certain foods that assists the liver’s detoxification process.
This is why nutritional counseling for cancer is such an important facet of the Intensive Medical Program for Cancer. Our certified holistic nutritionist assists the patients in understanding the unique cancer dietary protocol. She can help you create an individualized nutrition plan that will help you adopt a healthier lifestyle to manage many types of other chronic conditions such as obesity, candida, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.