Monday, March 28, 2011

Disease Prevention with Diet - Protect yourself from Colon Polyps & Cancer

Some of the best ways to prevent and protect yourself from diseases is with a healthy diet.  If you also have a current medical condition such as, Crohn's Disease, colitis, IBS, ect., your digestive system is already compromised and should be fed with nutrient rich foods.  What we put in our body will make a difference in how it will run.  
In the US today, people would rather snack on chips than carrot sticks.  Easy options are usually chosen over a more healthy choice because 1) it's just that, "easy" and conveinence looks more favorable to us at that particular moment (i've been there many times) 2) the options for "healthy" is limited or not available at all when we are on the run or need to purchase something on the run.  This I know to be true because I really put effort into finding a place to purchase pre-made HEALTHY entrees/meals and it's virtually impossible to eliminate unhealthy additives in the foods... unless you choose a salad (no croutons and dressing.....blah). & lastly, 3) We don't care and aren't mindful.
Important Fruits and Vegetables - We all should increase our fruit and veggie intake. Choose all the colors of the rainbow when choosing your fruit and veggies.  Strawberries , oranges, peppers and carrots are full of antioxidants that are great for us.  Add them to your diet in meals or just for snacking.  They are healthy!
Veggies such as, brussel sprouts, broccoli and cabbage contain cancer fighting chemicals.
Unprocessed grains are important.  Some people cannot digest grains very well and if that's you, there are great substitutes and gluten free options.
Eat tomatoes - they are high in lycopene, a cancer fighting chemical
Avocados   Rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body by blocking intestinal absorption of certain fats. I love to eat Avocados sliced with some cilantro and fresh tomatoes.  Yum

Meats and Fish
Eating red meat should be decreased and eating fish should increase.  Fish like cold water Tuna, Salmon are great choices and you will get necessary Omega 3 Fatty Acids.  If you are not a big fish eater, you should really purchase Omega 3 in supplement form.  These are the good fats that we benefit from.

Flax - High in Omega 3.  If you cant get fish, try this - Flax seeds, flax oil
Garlic - boosts the immune system.  Also a wonderful herb to add flavoring and healing properties to many meals.  Garlic is also an anti-inflammatory
Mushrooms - cancer fighter and delicious
Seaweed and other sea veggies - You can add the seaweed to a miso soup and eat them with rice.

Please post other foods if you know of something that is helpful to you or someone you know.  Thank you

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