The foods you eat play a major role in your ability to not only THRIVE through cancer, but also in improving your chances of beating the disease!
So, what foods should you consume when fighting cancer?
Here are 5 specific foods we recommend:
1. Bone Broth
Because the majority of the immune system is located in the gut, it’s important to consume foods that positively contribute to it’s integrity. With bone broth, the gelatinous properties that naturally occur in the bones are drawn out in the cooking process. These nutrients increase the integrity of the immune system. If interested, here’s Season’s recipe.
2. Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens are full of specific nutrients that can inhibit the growth of cancer. (i.e. carotenoids, folate, chlorophyll and fiber) They are also a natural source of glucosinolates, which helps the body to fight cancer by reprogramming cancer cells. Finally, studies have shown that they contain antibacterial and antiviral properties.
3. Omega 3 Fats
Having a higher intake of Omega 3 fats has been associated with a 40% reduced risk of certain cancers. Cancer cells only use sugar as fuel, not fat. Therefore, consuming more fat will help to reduce inflammation and allow the body to starve and fight the cancer cells. Some foods that have a healthy ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids include: organic coconut oil, flax seeds, chia seeds, wild caught seafood and pasture raised eggs and butter.
4. Organic Spices
One antioxidant will neutralize one free radical, and free radicals are cancer causing atoms. Therefore, by increasing the number of antioxidants in the diet, a person can get rid of the free radicals. Some examples include: turmeric, ginger, rosemary and curry, which are also know to boost the immune system due to their high antioxidant content.
5. Organic Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great source of both macronutrients and micronutrients, including: vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, flavonoids and fiber. Plus, they are a great snack to enjoy that not only provide beneficial nutrients, but to also satiate the palate.
If interested in learning about the foods we do not recommend eating when fighting cancer, check out this post.
Read below Zane’s story and how his entire family found support from a simple box of gifts!
Zane’s Favorite Sport or Activity:
Playing cars and Pokémon
Zane’s Favorite Healthy Food:
Broccoli and noodles
Zane’s Health Tip:
Zane’s Story with KICKcancER:
(This is from Zane’s mom, Gabriella.)
“We are still actively in treatment with Zane. He was diagnosed with retinoblastoma when he was three.
When we received the diagnosis our family was sad and lost and really didn’t know what this meant for him and for all of us. We received our KICKcanER box – we felt supported right away knowing there are resources to help. The emails we received help us to know how to use the items we got. Each family member has benefited from something in the box, either physically or mentally.
Zane is a fighter, and we will continue the fight until we can hopefully say soon he is cancer free.”