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Your nutritional choices play a big part in your overall health. That’s why it’s so important to nourish your body with healthy foods. Food is powerful. It can fight off depression, boost your mood and even help prevent cancer and other illnesses. Food is medicine, and when you use food this way, you’re committing to a lifestyle change. The key is to keep things simple and sustainable. That’s why I love this list of cancer-fighting foods. They’re delicious, versatile, accessible and easy to incorporate into your daily routine! So next time you head to the grocery store, consider stocking up on these smart choices that will put you on a path to a healthier lifestyle.
Research suggests that vitamin D deficiency could possibly increase the risk of colon cancer. Salmon – preferably wild-caught – is loaded with vitamin D. One 3.5 ounce serving could contain almost your entire recommended daily intake, if not more!
These vegetables, which include broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, are some of the most powerful cancer-fighting foods you’ll find. They protect you from cell-damaging free radicals, slow the growth of tumors and can significantly lower your risk of colon cancer when consumed regularly. How’s that for a healthy addition to your diet?
Colon inflammation has been tied to the development of tumors. Working a daily total of two tablespoons of fresh ginger into your meals can help significantly reduce inflammation. It provides other important health benefits and is a flavorful addition to your meals!
They not only help to strengthen bones but they might also help fight off colon cancer. Consider adding these good sources of calcium to your nutrition plan: milk, cheese, plain yogurt, sardines, salmon and veggies such as kale and collard greens.
Leafy greens like spinach and lettuce are great sources of beta-carotene and lutein, antioxidants that can aid in the fight against colon cancer. Some studies have found that chemicals in these foods could limit the growth of certain cancer cells.
A spice commonly found in Indian food, turmeric contains curcumin which is considered a powerful anti-cancer agent. Its strong anti-inflammatory properties can help prevent tumor growth. Studies have shown that this tasty spice can actually help stop the growth and spreading of cancer cells. An amazing example of food as medicine!
The next time you’re cooking a new recipe, incorporate garlic if you can! Not only does it add great flavor to your meal, but it has pretty impressive health benefits. It’s believed that those who eat garlic regularly have a lower chance of developing different kinds of cancer. Garlic is especially beneficial when it comes to your protecting your digestive organs. It might even prevent cancer cells from multiplying. This is definitely a kitchen staple!
It’s always the perfect time to think about how you can live a healthier lifestyle. Make healthy nutrition a priority. With a little motivation and the right food shopping list, you’ll increase your chances for a healthy life, all while enjoying delicious foods that nourish your body and soul. Make healthy living a part of every day.
The light in me honors the light in you. Namaste.
Find this and other health-promoting articles by Dr. Partha Nandi on his website, Ask Dr. Nandi.
A survivor of rheumatic heart disease, Dr. Partha Nandi M.D., F.A.C.P. grew up to become one of America’s leading patient advocates. His devotion towards educating and empowering others to “Be Your Own Health Hero” stemmed from the empathy and care he received from his father and his first Health Hero, Dr. Chandrasekhar, during his 10 day stay in the hospital and yearlong recovery.
After graduating at the top of his class and obtaining a medical degree at Wayne State University, Dr. Partha Nandi completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has been a practicing physician for over 20 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Nandi authored several publications and spoke at TedX, college commencements, charity events, and international conferences, advocating ways to improve the quality and access to health care. He has also collaborated with The World Health Organization and partnered with the Ministries of Health in Jamaica and India.
Dr. Partha Nandi currently practices gastroenterology full-time in Detroit, Michigan, where he holds the title of Chief Health Editor for WXYZ ABC Detroit. He is also the creator and host of a medical lifestyle television show, Ask Dr. Nandi, and a speaker at conferences and premier medical meetings to share his mission and empower everyone “To Be Your Own Health Hero.”