In the last episode , we gave you a list of foods that can cause cancer in detail. In this blog, we will tell you some products and substances we need to avoid.
1. Lower Your Toxic Load
An anti - cancer diet consists of:
- Lowering your toxin intake.
- Supporting the body's cleansing and detoxifying processes.
- Eating healthy and nutrient - rich foods to support all of your body's functions.
Eliminate the following products and substances from your life in order to halt toxin accumulation and reduce free radical, cellular damage:
- Electromagnetic Waves: Cell phones, TV's, computer screens, microwaves — even the wiring in our homes and basic appliances emit constant electromagnetic frequencies or EMF’s that disturb the bioelectrical functioning of our bodies. Cell phone use has been linked to a host of cancer - promoting processes. Limit your exposure by getting rid of your microwave, as it is your largest source for EMF's, and making use of headphones with your cell phone.
- Commercial Health and Beauty Products:
113 agents listed by IARC as known human carcinogens (Groups 1), at least 11 have been or are currently used in personal care products: formaldehyde, phenacetin, coal tar, benzene, untreated or mildly treated mineral oils, methylene glycol, ethylene oxide, chromium, cadmium and its compounds, arsenic, and crystalline silica or quartz. The things we put in our mouths and use on our skin or hair, such as commercial shampoos, makeup and cleansing products, are often loaded with potential carcinogens. Visit the (EWG)Environmental Working Group’s SkinDeep database to look-up your favorite products and determine if you should switch to another brand.
- Household Cleaners: Indoor environments are often concentrated sources of pollution. EWG investigation of more than 2,000 cleaning supplies on the American market has found that many contain substances linked to serious health problems. EWG concludes that: Fumes from some cleaning products may induce asthma in otherwise healthy individuals. Common cleaning ingredients can be laced with the carcinogenic impurity 1,4 - dioxane. Independent tests have detected the presence of 1,4 - dioxane in numerous name-brand cleaning supplies. Other products contain preservatives that release low levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde.
Children born to women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant have an elevated risk of birth defects, according to a 2010 study by the New York State Department of Health. Some cleaners can cause chemical burns and poisonings as well as less severe irritations and allergies.
Lower your toxin load by switching to natural cleaners or making your own instead of using products that are filled with chemicals.
- Unnecessary Medications: All medications pass through and burden the liver. High use of acetaminophen is rapidly overtaking alcohol as the number one cause of liver disease. Work with your physician to lessen the amount of medications you are taking.
- Plastics: Compounds in plastic containers, plastic wraps, the lining of metal cans, and paperboard containers can all leach compounds that disrupt the neuroendocrine system. This is especially true when plastic is heated, which is why it’s smart not to microwave plastic containers, store very hot food in plastic, or leave plastic water bottles anywhere where they will become very hot (such as in your car).
- You may also want to periodically try fasting to help with detoxification. Even if you eat healthy foods regularly, environmental toxins bombard you at all turns. The organs that are responsible for detoxification and elimination – the skin, respiratory system, kidney, liver and digestive tract - often get overburdened and re - circulate toxins in the bloodstream. Practicing a cleanse or detox every few months can help these organs "catch up" and dispose of toxins stored in cells and tissue. Colon and liver cleanses can be accomplished with a variety of herbs, green drinks and easily digested whole foods such as juiced vegetables or those that are lightly steamed.