5 steps to preventing cancer!

It’s finally the year 2020 but cancer is still prevalent today. Despite centuries of research and technological advancements, it is still a widespread disease. But why is it still an issue and what are some of the things we can do in the modern day to prevent it?

Why is cancer still a problem in 2020?

Evolving disease

Cancer cells undergo a lot of changes molecularly and genetically. These changes can make the cancer cells more aggressive, more deadly and more resilient. Treatments that might have worked before might not work on it anymore due to it evolving to overcome the treatment.


Cancer stem cell

Sometimes even after successful treatment, a cancer stem cell can survive as they are resistant to treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. These cancer stem cells can eventually evolve into a whole new tumor.


Hiding behind other healthy cells

Due to cancer cells being able to suppress the immune system so that they can hide amongst healthy cells. This enables them to be safe from getting destroyed. Th­­­is is why a lot of breast cancer patients stay on therapies like tamoxifen or a hormone-blocking aromatase inhibitor, even when cancer cells are undetected. (Hogenboom, 2016; Tim, 2017)


What can we do to prevent Cancer?

1) Exercise!

Most people will roll their eyes at the thought of exercising. With a busy work schedule in pursuit of success, it makes it almost impossible to spare some energy to even do a light jog!

While experts suggest that 30 minutes of exercise for 5 days a week is the best way to help prevent cancer, you can actually just opt for 10 minutes of it. Ultimately, any amount of exercise will help in reducing cancer risk. (Duchame, 2019)

Figure 1: Carcinogenic Meat Classifications ( Source: Ring, 2020)

2) Control Your Meat Intake

High consumption of processed and red meat to be strongly linked to stomach cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they have categorized processed meats as Group 1 carcinogens (highly likely to cause cancer). Red meat (pork, beef, and lamb), on the other hand, has been categorized as Group 2A (probable cause of cancer). So best to opt for white meat like chicken instead. (Ring, 2015)


3) Eat more veggies!

Eating large amounts of brightly colored fruits and vegetables (yellow, orange, red, green, white, blue, purple), whole grains, and beans containing phytonutrients and antioxidants may decrease the risk of developing certain cancers as well as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.


Phytonutrients

There are many benefits of phytonutrients when it comes to fighting cancer. They do not only provide antioxidant properties, but they also provide anti-inflammatory properties too. Below are some of the phytonutrients found in our veggies.


Beta carotene

Beta carotene is essential for the body’s immune system. It can help activate proteins and inhibit cancer, thereby ensuring the cells are healthy. Foods that have been found to contain high amount of beta carotene are carrots.


Betalains

Betalains can help the body detoxify chemicals and toxins more efficiently. It can also decrease DNA damage, thus protecting the body against cancer growth. It is commonly found in beetroots in western diets so it is not as widely known as it should be. (Lechner and Stoner, 2019, National Cancer Institute, 2019)


Antioxidants

There are many types of antioxidants, the most common are Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Vitamin A has been found to help in reducing the risk of getting the second-most-common type of skin cancer, while high doses of vitamin C has been found to prevent cell damage that is caused by free radicals in the body. Some examples of where these antioxidants can be obtained are carrots and barley grass. (Brown University, 2019) Barley grass has even been identified to be seven times richer in terms of Vitamin C than in oranges! (Zeng et al., 2018)


Superoxide dismutase (SOD)

SOD is the most powerful antioxidant in the cell. It is an essential endogenous antioxidant enzyme and also a detoxification enzyme. This means that they play a key and fundamental role in the body’s total defense mechanism. Barley grass has also been found to be rich in SOD as well, apart from Vitamin A and C. (Ighodaro and Akinloye, 2018)


4) Make Juicing Part of Your Life!

Juicing is very helpful in cancer prevention, especially when done with fresh vegetable juices like alkaline green vegetables. This is because they can help the body to support cellular functions like detoxification and maintain a good blood pH level.


Detoxification

As we are always exposed to toxins, our body is not capable of detoxifying efficiently. The accumulation of toxins can lead to inflammation that can lead to other health problems like cancer. That’s not all, detoxifying can also reverse cellular damage which could have led to serious health risks. Thereby, alleviating many symptoms and ailments. (Walston, 2020)


Alkalinity

Some studies have shown that an acidic environment can promote the growth of cancer cells. Therefore, a diet high in alkaline foods (high pH) can help in reducing the risk of growing cancer cells. One example of juice that contains high alkalinity is barley grass juice. It will be able to keep your blood pH healthy. (Longevity Wellness Worldwide, 2020, Marengo, 2019)


5) Include Probiotics In Your Diet!

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that live in your gut. They play an important role in preventing tumors as they can degrade potential carcinogens. They are also able to help eliminate early-stage cancer cells. You can find these probiotics from foods and supplements. In foods, they can be found in kimchi and yogurt. While in supplements, you can find them in our product like Probio+Plus. (Górska et al., 2019)


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References:

1) Górska, A., Przystupski, D., Niemczura, M. and Kulbacka, J. (2019). Probiotic Bacteria: A Promising Tool in Cancer Prevention and Therapy. Current Microbiology, 76(8), pp.939-949.


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3) Paddock, C. (2018). Diets 'devoid of vegetable matter' may cause colon cancer. [online] Medical News Today. Available at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322766.php#1 [Accessed 3 Feb. 2020].

4) Ring, E. (2015). WHO food report: No need to avoid red meat, says FSAI. [online] Irishexaminer.com. Available at: https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/who-food-report-no-need-to-avoid-red-meat-says-fsai-361691.html [Accessed 3 Feb. 2020].


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