While most are still recovering from a weekend full of excessive amounts of food, booze and laughter, it’s time to wake up from your turkey coma and think about…prevention…yes, this includes more food!
“Cancer is a word that is given incredible power. The word “cancer” has the potential to play a very disturbing and precarious role in your life, one that is capable of delivering a death sentence. Within a brief moment, the word “cancer” can turn someone’s entire world upside down.” – Cancer is Not a Disease, Andrea Moritz
I have done my fair share of fundraisers in the past to raise money for a variety of causes, one of them being breast cancer. As we all know, October is a month dedicated to breast cancer awareness and November to prostate cancer. This month, I’m going to switch things up a little and get it all covered!
By now, most of us are all aware of the facts and statistics of these two cancers (and if you don’t, please take the time to learn them through the many available resources!). I agree that this information is valuable for us to understand but I believe that when it comes down to it, you need to be aware of the value of prevention over statistics.
Everyone has a relationship with the “Big C” in one way or another. If you have not been directly affected, there’s a very good chance you have been indirectly. Rather than focusing on the fun bags and prosty, I’m going to use October and Movember to promote cancer prevention as a whole. Every blog during October and November will be dedicated to cancer prevention. If you would like specific recommendations for those specific cancers, please check out the related blogs:
As a general statement, cancer is a condition that occurs when the entire body is imbalanced, the immune system is down and protective measures are insufficient. According to the Cancer Society’s list of early warning signs, there is one word you need to remember – Caution.
C – change in bowel or bladder habit
A – a sore that does not heal
U – unusual bleeding or discharge
T – thickening or extension of lump
I – indigestion or difficulty swallowing
O – obvious change in wart or mole
N – nagging cough or hoarseness
The implications of proper nutrition should not be underestimated when considering causes which are linked to cancer. Although there are many other probably causes (environmental, emotional and psychological causes, physical stressors, heredity and immune mechanisms, etc.), nutritional triggers may include:
- Highly processed foods
- Diets low in fiber, fruits and vegetables
- Diet high in saturated fats and high in animal products
- Moldy and rancid foods
- Food additives and pesticides
- Smoked, pickled and cured foods
- Excessive barbecuing and browning foods at high temperature
For some general dietary “clean-up” tips, click here to view ten simple tips.
Aside from a clean diet, a suggested method of prevention (may also be done along with treatment) is to juice fresh organic juices. Juicing is one of the most effective ways to cut down on cravings for unhealthy foods and is the easiest form of food to digest.When referring to juices, let’s be clear that I’m not talking about Tropicana OJ! Fresh juice contains an unbelievable high amount of vitamins, alkalizing minerals and enzymes in liquid form meaning it’s absorbed immediately by the body. Juicing is not only good as a cancer preventative but it may act as one of many preventatives for a wide range of degenerate diseases (that’s right – it’s good for all of you!). When an organ becomes overworked and enzyme deficient, it swells and becomes susceptible to disease.
- Choose fresh, organic fruits/vegetables of choice. Try to choose an organ you would like to “detox” or target and enjoy an organ juice! Every fruit/vegetable is MOST beneficial for a specific organ due to the nutrient content.
Examples: parsley+kidney, spinach+bladder, carrot+liver, beet greens+gall bladder, cilantro+heart, strawberry+circulation, kale+thyroid, ginger+lungs, pear+small intestine, cherry+large intestine, red cabbage+stomach, beet+spleen, celery+pancreas. Sometimes one food is common for many organs, use it!!
- Wash the chosen fruits and vegetables with warm water and produce spray or vinegar
- Cut produce into pieces which will fit into your juicer
- Follow the instructions on your specific juicer
- Remove froth or stir to mix in
- Enjoy within 20 minutes of making and 1/2 hour before meals for optimal results
- Use four foods to make a juice combination, but no more. About 70% of juice should be from foods that affect the primary organ of consideration.
- Always try to work with the coupled organs. Include about 30% of the juice that affects that coupled organ.
- Never work with more than two organs at a time unless they are each in the same direction.
Juicing can be a great way to start off your day and is beneficial for kids, teenagers and adults of all ages. Depending on your taste buds, some juices may taste a little bitter but don’t be afraid to add a sweeter fruit to add to the flavour (OR you can use my technique that I use with my boyfriend – “you’ll drink it because it’s healthy!!!”) 🙂
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER PREVENTION PROMOTION:
- Live Cell Analysis – special price $40.00
- Prevention Promo Package – includes live cell analysis appointment, dietary plan, 2 follow up appointments $150.00