Up to 70% of known causes of cancers are avoidable and related to lifestyle, and what you eat and drink plays a key role in helping you to protect yourself.


Here are some key healthy eating tips to help boost your body’s defences against cancer.


Eat Brazil nuts

This particular nut is rich in selenium, a trace mineral found in soil that helps cells repair their DNA and lures cancer cells to effectively commit suicide. A five-year study at Cornell University and the University of Arizona showed that a daily amount of selenium which is found in just two unshelled Brazil nuts resulted in 63 percent fewer prostate tumors, 58 percent fewer colorectal cancers, 46 percent fewer lung malignancies, and a 39 percent overall decrease in cancer deaths.


Drink, drink, drink...

Drinking plenty of water and other liquids may reduce the risk of bladder cancer by diluting the concentration of cancer-causing agents in urine and helping to flush them through the bladder faster


Choose dark, leafy greens

The chlorophyll that gives colour to the darker leafy greens such as spinach and salad greens is loaded with magnesium, which studies have found lowers the risk of colon cancer in women. Just half a  cup of spinach provides 20% of the daily recommended intake of magnesium.


Eat organic

Eating organic meat means you avoid the antibiotics and added hormones given to livestock  which are suspected of causing endocrine problems, including cancer.  Studies also reveal that eating produce grown without the use of pesticides means you avoid at least 40 known carcinogens which are found in commonly used pesticides.


Enjoy your garlic

Garlic contains allyl sulfur compounds that experts think  stimulates the immune system’s natural defenses against cancer, and may help to cause cancer cells to die naturally. Studies have showed that it can reduce the risk of colon cancer by around 50% in some cases.


Increase your calcium intake

In a study by Dartmouth Medical School in the USA, those who took calcium supplements regularly for 4 years had a 36% reduction in the development of new precancerous colon polyps in the following five years.


Avoid sugar

Sugar and other foods with a high glycemic index (GI) can increase the risk of some cancers, including colorectal cancer.  GI is a measure of the rate at which our bodies break down the carbs in our food to energy, in the form of glucose and typically white bread, sugar, potatoes, sugary pastries and pasta have high GI ratings. A Harvard medical school study of over 38,000 women found that those on a low GI diet had a reduced risk of this form of cancer. Wholegrains, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits are usually low GI foods.


Steam your veggies

Steaming vegetables, particularly ‘superfoods’ such as broccoli can help to boost the cancer protecting nutrients you consume. Italian researchers found that steamed broccoli contains more glucosinolate (the healthy components of the vegetable) than boiled, fried, or microwaved broccoli.


Have a cup of tea

More than 50 studies on the association between tea and cancer risk have been published since 2006, according to the National Cancer Institute. While findings have been inconsistent—partly due to variations in types of tea and differences in preparation and consumption—some papers have found tea drinkers have a reduced risk of breast, ovarian, colon, prostate and lung cancer.


And don’t forget…

It’s not just enjoying a healthy diet that can help to protect you against cancer. A large percentage of skincare products are also absorbed into your skin. Choosing 100% organic skincare can help to protect you against the harmful carcinogens found in commonly used pesticides, and our botanicals are carefully chosen to boost the healthy nurtrients and oils that nourish and protect your skin.


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