Inflammation in the body is not the worst thing when it’s working the way nature intended which is basically to have a process of inflammation in the body when there is an injury or damage, the body repairs itself and the inflammation then goes away.
The question is what happens when the inflammation is chronic and constant?
Thanks to the modern high carbohydrate, high processed, high sugar diet inflammation in the body is constant which then begs us to ask… is there a link between diet, inflammation and cancer?
There is evidence that suggests inflammation in the body can initiate cancer and promote tumour growth.. and before I go on, there are obviously other contributing factors as well but with the rising number of people having cancer we have to ask the question why?
So what can you do to give yourself the best chance of beating a disease that will affect 1 in 2 people before they’re 85th birthday because frankly.. I don’t like those odds. Here’s a few things that you might want to incorporate into your lifestyle now.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
These days we get quite an imbalance of fatty acids with too many Omega 6’s being ingested and not enough Omega 3’s required to make hormone like substances called eicosanoids which in turn help to regulate inflammation. Add in either some more oily fish or a good quality fish oil to your diet to reduce inflammation.
Vitamins A, C, E, zinc and selenium are all powerful antioxidants and readily available in good quality, organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. These antioxidants help to free the body of harmful substances and preventing oxidisation in the body and therefore minimising inflammation.
Isn’t that just the greatest thing discovered…. Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammtory spice which is great added to food and can be easily supplemented. Adding this to your diet along with garlic, rosemary and ginger will support detoxification of the body and reduce inflammation.
Green tea contains polyphenols and has been shown to reduce cancerous tumours and blocks factors that can damage cell DNA. It acts as an antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral properties and protects against chemicals and radiation. For best results drink 5 cups or more per day or alternately take a supplement of concentrated green tea extract.
Yay… love this one.. it’s a flavonoid found in red wine (thank you god), grapefruit, onions, apples, black tea, garlic and ginkgo biloba. It has anticancer actions and inhibits the flow of histamines (for those with histamine issues) and acts as an antioxidant.
We’re supposed to get it from the sun yet most of us are deficient.. Vitamin D regulates the immune system, reduces inflammation and can stop cancer cell proliferation by encouraging cell death. Low serum levels of Vitamin D are associated with increased risk of developing cancer.
Frankly, the Western Diet is going to become our “health” undoing… all we’re seeing in the health industry is an increase in Cancers, Autism, Auto-Immune conditions, Thyroid issues, ADD / ADHD / IBS / Crohnes / Ulcerative Colitis and many of us are left scratching our heads and wondering what’s going on.
Changing the diet isn’t as difficult as you might think and the reality is we need to take a “prevention is better than cure” approach rather than trying to shut the gate once the horse has bolted. Eastern cultures treat their body’s with respect and maintain their health whilst they’re healthy as opposed to our Western approach of waiting until we’re virtually bed ridden before we do anything about it.
We spend more time and money keeping our cars running and our houses standing than we do on keeping our own body’s going and really out of all of those things which one is going to be the hardest to replace? That’s right people…. Take a good look at how you’re doing things and maybe it’s time to make a change.
Until next time, stay calm and stay healthy.