Even on the healthiest diet in the World, you are left with some risk of developing cancer. Every added vegetable, avoided sugary drink and skipped carbohydrate will help to reduce your risk, but not down to nothing.
If you are already following a Paleo lifestyle, adding a diet that is predominately plant based and avoiding all processed wasteful foods, you have already fought half the battle. The cancer cells in your body will have been suppressed and slowed. You will be in the best position possible to follow your doctor’s additional plan to suppress the cancer further into remission.
If you are unfamiliar with the Paleo lifestyle and have recently been diagnosed with cancer, there is still time to kick things into gear and give your body a fighting chance to kill off cancer along with your doctor’s guidance.
Cancer develops and spreads as cells mutate. To reduce your risk of developing cancer, or having this cancer spread further, you want to reduce the risk of your cells mutating. There are a number of dietary changes you can make to ensure, you keep your levels of risk as low as possible.
For example, research has shown that folate-rich foods reduce risk of mutations. Folate is a B-complex vitamin found in oranges, spinach, romaine, asparagus and brussel sprouts. In a large-scale study, researchers evaluated the effects of folate on more than 27,000 male smokers between the ages of 50 and 60. Men who consumed at least the recommended daily allowance of folate – about 400 micrograms – cut their risk of developing pancreatic cancer by half.
Another example would be vitamin D. This vitamin is known for its ability to help the body absorb calcium. Recently it has been discovered that there is a link between increased vitamin D intake and reduced breast cancer risk. The easiest way to stock up on vitamin D is to take a walk in the sunshine as in only 10 tens with 40% of your skin exposed you can gather your daily recommended allowance a few times over.
Members of the cabbage family are also great providers of anti-cancer care. Examples include kale, turnip greens, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Recent studies on cruciferous vegetables show promising results against prostate and colon cancers.
Managing your diet should always be an important part of any disease management, especially cancer treatment. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during and after treatment can help you feel better, stronger and heal faster. Keeping your diet as healthy as possible during cancer treatment is easier said than done, some common side effects that can affect your ability to eat:
- Loss of appetite
- Sore mouth or throat
- Dry mouth
- Dental and gum problems
- Changes in taste or smell
As difficult as it may become at times, keeping a healthy diet will reduce some if not all of the unpleasant side effects from cancer treatment. High energy foods will help against fatigue. Drinking plenty of water will help against a dry or sore mouth.
The Paleolithic diet, or the Paleo diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the diet of our ancestors. The diet consists of mostly meat, fish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruit, berries, mushrooms and other foods that would have been available to hunter-gather societies in the Palaeolithic period. It is a very practical lifestyle to follow, rich in all the vegetables needed to promote cancer suppression and remission, while avoiding all processed foods, refined sugars and other foods that are usually that bit hard to stomach when you are feeling ill.