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Daily Express - September 2013
How what you eat can help prevent and heal cancer, by a breast cancer survivor
Katherine Formosa Bown's world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2009. Since her treatment, the 33-year-old has overhauled her diet in a bid to stay cancer-free...
They say you are what you eat.
If that is the case then, before being diagnosed with breast cancer, I must have been "junk". I’d eat whatever I wanted and what was convenient. I wouldn’t think twice about grabbing a takeaway or microwave meal if I didn’t have time to cook. Surprisingly, though, I was slim so I didn’t think my diet was unhealthy.
Post-breast cancer, my diet is completely different. It was just after my treatment finished that I started reading books and attending seminars about the natural ways to prevent and heal cancer.It was my way of regaining control of my body, feeling that I’m doing something - anything - to stop it from happening again.
I’m no medical expert, so I don’t claim to be a breast cancer guru. But I want to share my findings and what I’m doing in my new life without cancer.So whether you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, had a scare or just want to learn how to keep your body healthy, these tips and suggestions about making small changes to your diet are really simple. Here are my top tips for keeping your body in tip-top shape and boosting its immunity against cancer...
Antioxidants protect your cells and lower your risk of cancers. They are found in most foods, however it’s worth knowing which foods contain the highest levels. Try to include a little bit of the following foods every day as they are PACKED with antioxidants:
Vitamin C stimulates the production of antibodies (these identify and neutralise foreign objects, i.e. cancer cells) and white blood cells (key to fighting infection and protect the body against bacteria). Most people would associate the highest amount of vitamin C with oranges, however these foods contain more vitamin C than the citrus fruit:
Brussels sprouts (a cup of these Christmas Day essentials contains 48.4 milligrams of vitamin C)
Beetroot is one of the key foods in preventing cancer. The purple pigment has been shown to increase and normalise cell respiration - what I was told is that it helps to clone healthy cells only, so even if you had a tumour, it couldn’t multiply as the beetroot encourages only good cells to grow.
Chia seeds claim to be one of the most powerful, functional and nutritious super foods in the world. They help to keep blood pressure and blood sugar under control and are full of:FibreAntioxidants (apparently the highest antioxidant activity of any whole food) ProteinVitaminsMineralsOmega-3
Pumpkin is a super anti-cancer food. Half a cup of cooked pumpkin has more than five times your quota for beta-carotene (vitamin A0) per day. According to research at Tufts University, it may be used to protect against many cancers.
Salvestrols exist naturally in fruits, vegetables and herbs however you need to eat organic produce to reap the benefits. Apparently it's like having a police force in your body, transforming into chemical weapons that can kill cancer cells without affecting healthy cells. You can buy Salvestrols in tablet form. I take one a day.
There are a number of powdered grasses that you can buy where you just add a spoonful of the powder to a glass of water and drink. However there are so many of them on the market that I wouldn’t know which one to recommend, so I’d suggest going to a health food shop and asking them to advise you. They’re great as they have high chlorophyll content which helps build healthy blood, transfer oxygen throughout the body whilst being full of nutrients, which help heal and regenerate the body.The green powder formula can taste quite unpleasant so its best to either shoot it back or, as I did, pour into a cocktail glass to make it at least look better!
Invest in a juicer. It’s a great way to take in extra nutrients and vitamins from fruit and vegetables in large quantities.
Katherine has developed her own juice recipes, packed with antioxidants
Try these breast cancer-fighting juices as part of your daily routine (each for one portion):
Vitamin C Boosting Juice
1 kiwi – peel before juicing
1 orange - peel before juicing unless you like the bitter taste of the skin
1 red peppers
1 salad tomato
Antioxidant Boosting Juice
Handful of blueberries
4 broccoli florets
Handful of raspberries
1 beetroot – peel before juicing
1 piece of ginger (the same size as your index finger)If this takes too "earthy", add a Granny Smith apple for sweetness.
2 celery stalks
6 kale leaves
Handful of parsley