Diet for Strong Immunity

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Why a Change of Diet May be Considered?

  Eating right is always a good idea but especially so when faced with a health crisis, such as cancer. Although there are many ‘healthy’ diets you may consider when healing your body from serious illness, one thing must remain constant,

                                                             “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” - Hippocrates.


  A simple Google search of “cancer and sugar” will reveal very interesting information and may cause even more research. That’s a good thing....it’s actually quite empowering.  More than ever, you need to be educated on what foods to put in your body and which ones to avoid. Education will provide more empowerment than you could ever imagine. Take a deep breath, and enjoy the lessons.


What Foods to Avoid When Healing

  When you have cancer, it’s important to be aware of everything you are putting in your body. It is a time of sincere reflection. You are now eating to give your body an environment from which it can heal. Our bodies are amazing – we’re made to heal. We just have to give it the right environment. By eliminating foods that cause inflammation, such as white sugar and processed foods, it’s a step in the right direction.


  It’s also important to avoid foods that have little to no nutritional value. Remember the quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Processed foods that have zero to low nutritional value must be eliminated. You are on a mission – stay focused! The following are foods to avoid when healing:

  • Processed white sugar

  • All GMO foods (such as corn and sugar beets)

  • All processed foods (including snack foods and boxed items)

  • All breads and pastas – these are processed and break down into simple sugar

  • All sweets

  • Alcohol

  • Coffee


What Foods to Focus on for Healing

   It is extremely important to eat whole foods. Eating foods the way God made them will only strengthen your immune system.


  Water – lots and lots of clean, filtered, room temperature water – try to avoid drinking tap water. If possible, drop a wedge or two of lemon in your glass of water, and drink up!  Lemons are a terrific source of vitamin C. Lemons hydrate our bodies while also helping to detox your system which is important when undergoing any cancer treatment. It’s been said that drinking lots of water may increase a low platelet count. Blood cells consist of protein and water. Therefore, it only stands to reason that you must drink plenty of water throughout the day. Not cold water if you have low platelets because cold water affects the digestive system by making it difficult for nutrients to get absorbed. Drinking filtered, room temperature water can also help proper digestion which, in turn, will speed up the production of blood cells and ultimately increase platelet count. 1

 

  Fruits & Vegetables – They are high in antioxidants, vitamins & minerals....such as vitamin C, lycopene, and beta-carotene which are in many fruits and vegetables. Studies suggest that people who eat meals that are rich in fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of cancer. "A variety of chemicals from plants known as phytochemicals also seem to protect cells from harmful compounds in food and in the environment, as well as prevent cell damage and mutations", says Jed W. Fahey, ScD, MS, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and its School of Medicine who studies how cruciferous vegetables help protect against disease. 2

 

  Garlic & Onions - A major benefit of eating onions and garlic is that they (and their allium cousins: shallots, scallions, and leeks) provide serious cancer prevention and fighting power. They are packed with allicin, sulfuric compounds, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, and selenium, to name just a few. Garlic and other allium vegetables are incredibly nutrient-dense but naturally low in calories. They stimulate your body’s production of glutathione (the most potent antioxidant for your liver) which boosts detoxification throughout your entire system. 3

 

  Nuts & Seeds – Rich in minerals like zinc, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium, nuts and seeds can be a healthy snack when healing your body. These minerals are vital for promoting bone development, strengthening immunity, increasing energy production and maintaining the musculoskeletal health of the body. Even the addition of a single ounce of nuts and seeds to this diet can enrich its protein content by at least 6 g and thus adds more health benefit to your diet. Some nuts and seeds to consider for your healthy diet: almond, walnut, pecan, brazil nut, pistachio, cashew, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds. 4

 

  If you choose to eat meat, please consider sourcing 100% grass fed beef (and grass-finished, which means the beef cattle remain on a pasture and forage diet its entire life), chicken with no added antibiotics, nitrates, nitrites or hormones, and Wild Alaskan Salmon.

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Organic

  Eating organic fruits and vegetables when available is a phenomenal part of any anti-cancer lifestyle. By eating organically you are already lessening your toxic load by not ingesting all of the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that are often times sprayed on commercially grown fruits and vegetables. Organic foods tend to contain more vitamins and minerals that are missing from commercially grown fruits, vegetables, and/or livestock. That means they have a stronger impact on your immune system.

  Something to remember when buying organic in a grocery store - be aware of what you are buying. Even organic may not be 100% pesticide free. They may contain some pesticide residue. Know from where your food is coming, as much as possible. It’s always a good idea to buy from local, organic farmers' markets in your area.

  The Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) compiles a list of the most and least contaminated produce and updates it annually.  This can be a guide when shopping for organic produce.  


2019 Dirty Dozen (most important to buy organic, if possible)

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1. Strawberries

2. Spinach

3. Kale

1. Strawberries

2. Spinach

3. Nectarines

4. Nectarines

5. Apples

6. Grapes

4. Apples

5. Grapes

6. Peaches

7. Peaches

8. Cherries

9. Pears

7. Cherries

8. Pears

9. Tomatoes

10. Tomatoes

11. Celery

12. Potatoes and Hot Peppers

10. Celery

11. Sweet Bell Peppers

12. Hot Peppers

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2019  Clean Fifteen (not as important to buy organic)


1. Avocados

2. Sweet Corn (Note: Could be GMO)

3. Pineapples

4. Sweet Peas, frozen

5. Onions


6. Papayas (Note: Could be GMO)

7. Eggplants

8. Asparagus

9. Kiwis

10. Cabbage


11. Cauliflower

12. Cantaloupes

13. Broccoli

14. Mushrooms

15. Honeydew Melons

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Washing / Cleaning your Produce

  Even when buying organic fruits and vegetables, get into the habit of washing them before eating them. Washing will help remove bacteria, including E. coli, from the surface of the vegetables and fruits. Peeling or cooking can also remove bacteria. Caution: Eating raw fruits and vegetables may not be advisable when undergoing immune compromising cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy. Always check with your doctor to ensure your blood counts are where they need to be for your utmost protection.


How to Wash / Clean your Produce

  Do not use soaps or detergents when washing your vegetables - use a mixture of water and distilled white vinegar. The ratio is about 3:1 - water to vinegar. Fill a bowl with the water vinegar mixture then add the fruit and/or vegetables. For items with thick skin, just lightly use a vegetable brush. Let sit for at least 2 minutes then rinse well with clean water and dry.


Juicing and Smoothies

  Drinking freshly made juices and smoothies offer many health benefits when fighting cancer. Juicing extracts the most calorie-dense part of fruits and vegetables: the juice. The juice also contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help you stay healthy and cancer-free. Smoothies are a great way to add more servings of fruit and vegetables to your diet. When making a smoothie, you are blending together all of the ingredients, whereby in juicing only the juice is extracted and the rest is discarded.

My Fabulous Antioxidant Smoothie Recipe

All ingredients are organic, unless otherwise noted

1 cup frozen blueberries

2 small frozen pieces of banana (does not have to be organic)

½ cup frozen strawberries

1-2 tablespoons Hemp seeds

1 kiwi (not frozen)

Several Apricot seeds, optional

A couple of shakes of ground turmeric, ground black pepper and cinnamon

Fill container with Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk or Clean, Filtered Water

Blend all and enjoy....Cheers to your health!

My Super Charged Vegetable Juice Recipe

All ingredients are organic

2 stalks celery

2 carrots

A knuckle sized piece of ginger root

About a 3 inch piece of cucumber

1 Green Apple

Juice all of the above in a juicer. Add the following and blend all to the perfect consistency. Enjoy the delicious goodness!

A couple of shakes of ground turmeric, ground black pepper and cinnamon

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Sources:

1. https://www.homeremediesforall.com/how/how-to-increase-blood-platelets-rapidly.html

2 Lee, E., "Seven (Easy to  Find) Foods That may Help Prevent Cancer", WebMD. www.webmd.com

3 Bollinger, T., "The Benefits of Onions and Garlic: Nature's Weapons Against Cancer", www.thetruthaboutcancer.com

4 Kerkar, P., MD, FFARCSI (Reviewed By) - "4 Health Benefits of Eating Nuts & Seeds", www.epainassist.com


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