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Cancer Fighting Foods

7 Jan

Cancer Fighting Foods

Here is a list of foods that help to conquer cancer cells in the body. These foods create an internal environment in the body making it hard for cancer to manifest. It’s not at all hard to increase these foods in your diet. I make sure that I get enough of these on a daily basis.

Avocados: good source of beta carotene and high in anti oxidants that neutralize free radicals in the body which are cancer causing agents.

Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower: can aid in protecting the body from breast, colon and rectal cancers. Broccoli sprouts are even more beneficial than the broccoli itself.

Carrots: have alot of beta carotene, that can help reduce cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast. Better if eaten raw.

Chili peppers and jalapenos: contains capsaicin, that may help prevent stomach cancer.

Cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage contain two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin that may help fight prostate cancer.

Flax: contains omega-3 fatty acids, which may protect against colon cancer and heart disease. Ground flax seeds add more fibre to the diet which helps to lessen the time toxins are in the intestines and aids is better bowel movements.

Garlic: boosts the immune system which can help to fight cancer cells. Garlic can help to reduce stomach and colon cancers.Garlic can help block carcinogens from entering cells to slow tumor development. Garlic may help prevent stomach cancer because is acts as a neutralizer for the bacteria H. pylori, which is found in the stomach and can lead to cancer.

Grapefruits: contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid. High in antioxidants to fight damaged cells in the body.

Grapes, red contain bioflavonoids, resveratrol and powerful antioxidants that work for cancer prevention.

Green and yellow leafy vegetables has been associated with lower levels of stomach cancer.

Kale: may help to suppress tumors and block damaging substances from reaching healthy cells.

Licorice root: contains glycyrrhizin, that may help prevent the growth of prostate cancer.

Mushrooms – Shiitake, maitake, reishi all help to strengthen the immune system.

Nuts: have quercetin and campferol that reduce cancers. Brazil nuts may protect in cases of prostate cancer.

Oranges and lemons: create healthy cancer-killing immune cells.

Papayas: have huge amounts of vitamin C that keeps the immune system healthy and acts as a power antioxidant.

Raspberries: contain many vitamins, minerals, plant compounds and antioxidants that may help protect against esophagus and colon cancers.

Red wine: is high in antioxidants, that neutralizes damaging free radicals. Should be consumed in moderation because of the alcohol content.

Rosemary: as a tea or a seasoning helps to detoxify the body. To make a tea: Use 1 tsp. dried leaves per cup of hot water; steep for 15 minutes.

Seaweed and other sea vegetables contain beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fiber, and chlorophyll, that guards against breast cancer. Seaweeds also contain potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and iodine.

Sweet potatoes: contain lots of beta-carotene, which may protect DNA from cancer-causing agents outside the nuclear membrane.

Teas: Green Tea and Black tea: contain certain antioxidants known as polyphenols (catechins) which stop cancer cells from dividing.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that attacks free radicals, that cause cancer. They also have vitamin C, which can prevent cellular damage that leads to cancer.

Tumeric: inhibits production of the inflammation-related enzyme cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), levels of which are abnormally high in bowel and colon cancer.

Happy Eating!

~jasmine~

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Selecting Healthy Cooking Oils

4 Jan

Selecting Healthy Cooking Oils

Did you know that not all cooking oils are healthy? Did you know that to extract the oil from the seed, some manufacturers soak the seeds in hexane which is a petroleum product. Hexane allows 100% of the oil to be extracted from the seed. Yes, this happens. Hexane is not listed in the ingredients on the label because according to the FDA, it evaporates during processing. I think that this is totally gross! How carcinogenic can that be? For myself, I don’t want to take any chances with that. I don’t think alot of people know about this either. So, how would you get around this? I tend to buy oils that are expeller pressed. This process crushes the seed to extract the oil. Only about 50-70% or so of the oil is extracted which makes these oils more expensive to buy. In my opinion, it’s worth it.  Hexane is also very polluting to the environment. So by choosing expeller pressed oils you are also being kind on the environment.

Choose to be informed!

~jasmine~

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Mindful Eating

31 Dec

Mindful Eating

In our culture today, we have moved away from the art of mindful eating.  I feel that something special has been lost. We tend to think of food as rocket fuel. We fuel up and and then shoot off fast into our next task, meeting, class, project, run to catch a bus, flight ect…..but did we really stop to taste and connect to the food we were eating? Are we fully smelling, tasting, touching and really looking and admiring our meal. Probably not. We lead such busy lives that we often don’t take the time. I like to think that if we eat in a mindful way, we will create a sacred connection to the food we eat. Maybe this will enhance digestion,  improve the body’s ability to absorb nutrients or even create balance in all of body’s systems without the tendency to overeat. If we are what we eat, then wouldn’t we want to eat pure, nourishing foods instead of junky snack foods or “fast” foods? When we eat mindfully, we become our food. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself and see what you notice. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Practice gratitude – being grateful for where your food has come from, the person who prepared it (maybe even you!)
  2. Engage all the 5 senses : sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell while eating. Notice how each bite smells, the texture as you chew, all the colorful sights contained in the meal, how the food feels, how each bite tastes, all the flavor combinations it has and how it sounds as you bite into the food
  3. Take the time to really chew rather than chewing really fast and swallowing. Let go of “autopilot” patterns of eating.
  4. Eat in silence. Let go of talking on the cell phone while eating, watching TV and excessive conversations with table mates. If engaging in conversations, sticking to topics that are uplifting rather than sharing complaints or negative topics.
  5. Make positive and healthy food choices. Even just knowing that you are eating something healthy can elevate your mood and empower you while eating.
  6. Breathe between mouthfuls. This can help you to slow down and take in more oxygen and help to absorb nourishment from the food.

Happy mindful eating!

~Jasmine~

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