Let Food be your Medicine, and your Medicine be your Food

Monday, April 2

Hippocrates on left. Pic from Wikipedia
Hippocrates (460-370 BC), best known today for the legacy of his Hippocratic Oath, is considered the Father of Modern Medicine.

"Let Food be your Medicine, and Medicine your Food", he said, and it's a pity that over the past 2000 years we appear to have forgotten this.  The course that I am currently studying on Cancer and Nutrition through the University of Arizona, reviews the research that has been done regarding Nutrition and Cancer.

There appears to be a trend, whilst the literature is not always consistent in proving that a nutritious diet can prevent Cancer, there are benefits that are proven over and over again.

Those with better nutritional intake and who exercise regularly, can retard the growth of their cancers, have higher survival rates and fewer incidences of a recurrence of their cancer.

After tobacco, diet is considered the next biggest cause of cancer, that we can control.  Diet is difficult to define entirely though, as there is a fair ammount of research that has shown we are affected by what our Parents ate too.  Interestingly too, your dietary habits doing adolescence play a big role in your susceptibility to contracting cancer in adulthood.

Dr Abrahams, an Integrative Oncologist, from the University of Arizona recommends:

Increase your Fruit and Vegetable Intake
Aim for 5-7 fruit or vegetables a day, and 7-10 if you have had cancer.

Reduce the ammount of animal fats in your diet
This includes dairy and red meat.
Chicken should be organic, as organic chicken has been found to have higher levels of the good Omega 3 Fats.

Increase the ammount of Marine Omega 3 Fats that you eat
These are found in Deep Cold Water Fish,  including Salmon, Herring, Mackerel, Tuna, Sardines and Black Cod.

Reduce your intake of Refined Carbohydrates
Especially sugar and white flour.

Season liberally with Onions, Garlic, Ginger and Turmeric

Avoid Sugary Drinks
Remember that fruit juices without fibre in them are also considered sugary drinks! But obviously a glass of fresh orange juice is better for you than a can of coke!

Drink Green Tea and Red Wine

Make a list of what you have eaten in the past week or few days, did you have at least five of your fruit and vegetables each day?

Have a Happy Healthy Week,

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