04 Feb Why Healthy people get Cancer
Michio Kushi, the man behind the western success of Macrobiotics, a diet that centers around local vegetables and whole grains died of pancreatic cancer late in his 80s. We lost a man who taught us how to eat our way to shrinking tumors to the very same disease he spent his life fighting.
So if healthy food and a clean lifestyle can’t guarantee you will never get Cancer, what then?
Recently, a lot of research has been going to how chronic stress heightens our risk for the Big C. We’re not talking about daily upsets, were referring to prolonged distress that persists for years—grief over losing a loved one, losing one’s livelihood, being in an abusive relationship and such.
Stress triggers within us , our fight or flight instinct which does not pose any harm until it becomes a constant state of survival which then wears out our adrenals and acidifies our body so much it creates an environment for tumor growth.
Cancer is an illness that cannot be pinpointed to a singular cause, diet is a big factor , environment is another, genetics is also considered but we can only fully control two: What we eat, and how we feel.
Food that helps prevent Cancer
A study from 2018 in the Journal of Food and Drug Analysis suggests that apple phloretin inhibits the growth of cancer cells, while not affecting normal cells.
Has high concentration of anti-oxidants and is low in sugar.
Cruciferous vegetables like Brocolli, Kale, and Cauliflower contain sulforaphane, a plant compound with anticancer properties. They are also rich in Vitamin K, C and Manganese.
Is high in beta-carotene which plays a vital role in supporting the immune system and may prevent certain types of cancer.
The American Institute for Cancer Research reported that all nuts exhibit cancer-preventing properties, but scientists have studied walnuts more than other types of nut.
The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health results indicate that people who ate diets high in bean fiber were 20 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than those who did not meet their daily fiber intake.
How to manage stress
Breathe: According a study by Harvard, changing the rhythm of your breath signals relaxation, slowing our heart rate and stimulating the vagus nerve; which runs from the brain stem to the abdomen, and is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body’s “rest and digest” activities (in contrast to the sympathetic nervous system, which regulates many of our “fight or flight” responses). Triggering your parasympathetic nervous system helps you start to calm down. You feel better. And your ability to think rationally returns.
Drink water: Dehydration can cause palpitations which leads to feelings of panic.
When we take a moment, we shift our brains to a place of calm. When we are stuck in the stress success cycle, it overwhelms the temporal lobe in the brain which is responsible for memory and emotions.