Despite the hype, there is no one superfood when it comes to preventing cancer. But there are dietary steps we can take to reduce our overall risk of developing the disease.
While certain factors, such as genetics and environment, are beyond our influence, by developing healthy eating and lifestyle habits we can diminish our cancer risks. These same principles can be customized to guide eating while actively battling a cancer diagnosis.
FOUR DIETARY TIPS TO HELP REDUCE YOUR CANCER RISK
1. Focus on meal balance.
Load up on produce, choose lean proteins, opt for whole grains and make water your drink of choice. Specific foods thought to fight cancer, include cruciferous vegetables, blueberries, flaxseed, legumes, soy, tea and garlic. Each of these items contains a rich source of one or more cancer-protective vitamins, minerals or phytochemicals.
2. Eat more plants.
Plant-focused diets may reduce the probability of developing cancer, as they are often higher in fibre, vitamins and minerals, while being low in red and processed meats. Plant-based foods such as veggies, fruits, whole grains and beans contain phytochemicals that have the potential to boost immunity, reduce inflammation, prevent DNA damage, slow tumour growth, regulate hormones and act as antioxidants.
3. Eat to maintain a healthy weight for your body.
Being overweight or obese is indirectly linked to 12 types of cancer and other related diseases.
4. Focus on fibre.
Fibre reduces the risk of colorectal cancer and other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Fibre also helps with weight management by promoting fullness without excess calories.
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