Detoxification and Cancer

We hear a lot of information about detoxification and how that relates to poor health. What many people don’t know is that many diseases thrive in toxic or unbalanced environment in our bodies. Cancer is very common these days. Many of us have had a loved one, a relative or close friend trying to find a solution for their situation. Finding a reasonable treatment when one is already diagnosed with cancer is definitely more difficult and nerve-wrenching than adopting good prevention habits in the first place. Learning how to prevent disease is a must for everyone because cancer does not discriminate – anyone can get it. New ideas are being thrown out there everyday on how to treat and prevent cancer. Interestingly enough, most of them are based on living a healthy lifestyle. Going on a detoxification diet is a newer form of disease/cancer prevention that has really taken off. Cancer prevention is possible if you keep your body healthy and free of toxins. Eating healthily is always advisable, no matter what disease you are fighting. The reason for this is that healthy foods contain vitamins and nutrients and have properties that help your body function properly. A body that functions properly and at an efficient level stays healthier. And let’s not forget exercise. Exercise helps your body to function properly, move things along, burn fat and keeps your muscles toned. It also helps your heart and lungs work better which allows your blood to flow better and keeps waste moving through your body properly. Keeping a healthy lifestyle prepares your body to be healthy. A detox diet helps your body organs to work at its optimal level and without obstruction. It also helps to remove toxins from your body and remove waste more efficiently. A detox program usually involves lots of fiber and water, and giving your body organs a break. Fiber helps your body to remove waste, which frees up your system to digest food better. This in return gives you more energy. Water has an overall effect on your energy levels and how your body functions. Instead of letting waste build up and causing possibly  problems, the detox diet helps remove the body of waste that frees up your colon to keep you healthy. In a nutshell, the detox diet lets your colon get back to good health in order to work optimally once again, which plays a major role in hormone release and metabolism function. A colon that is not working can diminish health very quickly. Because many of the actual causes of cancer are unknown, it is important to become healthier in all aspects of cancer prevention because it can do so much for your health and future outlook. As spring swings into gear, there’s no better time to give your body a healthy, fresh start! Plus, if you’re thinking about lowering your weight, “eating clean” is a great first step. Add these 10 foods to your grocery cart and you’ll get three terrific benefits: lots of super-healthy liquids to flush out the body while pouring in nutrients, fiber to keep your GI tract fit, and foods that energize cleansing enzymes in the liver, your body’s built-in detox center. 1. Green leafy vegetables  Eat them raw, throw them into a broth, add them to juices. Their chlorophyll helps swab out environmental toxins (heavy metals, pesticides) and protects the liver. 2. Lemons  You need to keep the fluids flowing to wash out the body and fresh lemonade is ideal. Its vitamin C, considered the detox vitamin, helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that’s easily flushed away. 3. Watercress   Put a handful into salads, soups, and sandwiches. The peppery little green leaves have a diuretic effect that helps move things through your system. And cress is rich in minerals too. 4. Garlic  Add it to everything — salads, sauces, spreads. In addition to the bulb’s cardio benefits, it activates liver enzymes that help filter out junk. 5. Green tea  This antioxidant-rich brew is one of the healthiest ways to get more fluids into your system. Bonus: It contains catechins, which speed up liver activity. 6. Broccoli sprouts  Get them at your health-food store. They pack 20 to 50 times more cancer-fighting, enzyme-stimulating activity into each bite than the grown-up vegetable. 7. Sesame seeds  They’re credited with protecting liver cells from the damaging effects of alcohol and other chemicals. For a concentrated form, try tahini, the yummy sesame seed paste that’s a staple of Asian cooking. 8. Cabbage  There are two main types of detoxifying enzymes in the liver; this potent veggie helps activate both of them. Coleslaw, anyone? 9. Psyllium  A plant that’s rich in soluble fiber, like oat bran, but more versatile. It mops up toxins (cholesterol too) and helps clear them out. Stir powdered psyllium into juice to help cleanse your colon, or have psyllium-fortified Bran Buds for breakfast. 10. Fruits, fruits, fruits  They’re full of almost all the good things above: vitamin C, fiber, nutritious fluids, and all kinds of antioxidants. Besides, nothing tastes better than a ripe mango, fresh berries, or a perfect pear.