Cancer is the second leading cause of deaths in our country. It is estimated that by 2010, every one out of four persons will have cancer of some form. The statistic is scary. However, it can be avoided by making moderate changes in our diet and habits not only to avoid cancer but also diabetes and other psychosomatic diseases.
There is controversy in this regard as to what is healthy diet which is perfect for health and at the same time least carcinogenic or even protective against cancer. Ayurveda says that all the diseases start from your stomach, which indicates that there should not be any stomach related problems like Gas, Acidity, Constipation, which must be avoided.
We must increase vegetable intake like beat root, thin skinned tomatoes (organic), vegetables and fruits with bright colours, as these contains lot of antioxidants which help your body to eliminate any thing that might trigger cancer or other problems. The body appears to use certain nutrients in vegetables and fruits to protect against damage to tissues that occurs constantly as a result of normal metabolism (oxidization). Because, such damage is linked with increased cancer risk, the so called antioxidants include Vitamin C, E, Carotenoids, and many other Phytochemicals (chemicals from plants). It is said that people who eat more vegetables and fruits, which are rich source of antioxidants may have lower risk of cancer. Try not to over cook vegetables as this will cause in the loss of nutrients and minerals. Have whole grains like wheat, bajra, jowar. These are loaded with fiber which acts like a scrubber and cleans your digestive track and promote clean motions. Prefer organic fruits, vegetables and grains as there is no pesticide used on them and they are not genetically modified. Prefer country chicken over broiler as it is loaded with harmful chemicals. Avoid foods with MSG, which nowadays is present in almost all the preserved and canned foods, meats and sauces. Read the label before buying any preserved food.
Increase the use of spices like ginger, garlic, onions, turmeric, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds etc. as these have lot of healing properties. Have food which are high in omega 3 fatty acids like flex seeds, almonds, walnuts, oily fishes like mackerel, pilchards, and herring and country chicken(when cooking meat or fish, grill or poach them and do not char them). Avoid red meat as much as you can. Drink lot of clean water at least 7 to 8 ltrs., as it keeps your body hydrate and helps your lymphatic system flush all the toxins from your system. Avoid alcohol and smoking as these increases the oxidization in the cells and may cause them to mutate and lead to cancer.
Last but not the least; have at least 1 hour of exercise 3 to 4 times a week. This will increase the oxygen level in your body, and aid your body to heal itself. With these simple modifications in your life style, you can keep cancer, diabetes, and other psychosomatic diseases at bay and lead a long, happy life.