Colon Cancer and Steps to Prevent Cancer by Dr. Stephanie King, DC in Pasadena, CA

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancers. Making some simple dietary and lifestyle changes can cut your risk in half. Here’s how:

1. Eat more vegetables, make sure they are organic, pesticide free so you don’t add more toxins to your body — can’t afford totally organic buy a good vegetable wash and scrub away those nasty toxins, just remember they kill allot of nutrients so we need more veggies and supplements to make up the difference. We know we should eat more veggies. Research shows that eating more vegetables can cut a person’s risk of colon cancer in half. Eat a daily salad, use them as a great snack, a homemade vegetable soup, or add steamed or sauteed veggies as your main dish. Better yet, make vegetables the main course and meat the side dish that’s my trick.

2. Avoid foods high in saturated fats and nitrates another nasty toxin. That includes processed luncheon meats, bacon, cold cuts, hot dogs, and sausage (high in nitrites and sodium and often antibiotics and hormones). The saturated fat is linked to inflammation while the nitrates they contain are known carcinogens.  Choose lean meats that are free range organic, without antibiotics and hormones.

3. Choose chicken (or turkey or Brazil nuts). According to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, eating lean chicken several times a week decreases a person’s chances of developing precancerous polyps in the colon by 21% and the risk of malignant tumors by 39%. Researchers believe the mineral selenium may be to thank. Looking for vegetarian sources of selenium, choose Brazil nuts, which are one of the best sources of this mineral. Brown rice and walnuts are also good sources of selenium. Adding a Selenium supplement or taking a good Multiple Vitamin and Mineral Supplement will add additional Selenium to your diet as well.

4. Eat more magnesium. Research shows that magnesium can cut the risk of colon cancer by 41% yet experts estimate that 80% of North Americans are deficient in this critical mineral. Some excellent sources include: raw almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, figs, alfalfa sprouts, and dark leafy greens.  I get patients all the time who can’t sleep and get horrible leg cramps one of the biggest culprits is right here because the heart will steal every bit for itself.  Foods now a days are so nutrient deficient you need to really focus on eating good amounts of these guys and for me I take additional supplementation as well. Optimag125 or ImagTplus are great supports ask us for more information about you specifically.

5. Eat more fiber. Beans and whole grains are among the best sources of fiber. Fiber helps keep your bowels moving and that means toxins too. Fiber helps bind toxic matter in the colon and escorts it out of your body. Add a handful of beans to soup, stew, salad, or add tomato sauce to beans and enjoy. Strive for at least one-half cup of beans daily.  I add them to my salads as a great non-meat source of protein.

6. Spice up your life with curries. One of the key ingredients in many curries—turmeric—contains a compound called curcumin which has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 25%. What’s more: scientists at the University of Chicago found that curcumin destroys H. pylori, a harmful bacteria that is linked to ulcers and colon cancer. Sprinkle turmeric on your veggies or meat dishes, or add to soups and stews. There are also many delicious curry recipes you can try. Be sure they contain turmeric.  I add tumeric to everything it’s a great spice and not only has it been shown to reduce your cancer risk, reduce inflammation, but it also has been shown to help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.

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