SANTA ROSA, Calif., Oct. 22, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Only one third of American women are getting enough fruits and vegetables in their diet to protect against breast cancer, among other conditions. Cancer expert, Dr. Isaac Eliaz has extensive information about the health-promoting benefits of a diet high in antioxidant and nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, particularly with regards to cancer prevention.
There are many things you can do to promote breast health, but perhaps the single most important factor is diet. Eating more fiber, less animal fat and including a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables in your diet will help promote cellular breast health by increasing your body's nutritional and antioxidant profiles. Diets high in organic vegetables and fruits are linked with enhanced antioxidant activity, improved digestion, healthy inflammation response, proper glucose metabolism, healthier lipid profiles, and increased immune activity, among other health benefits. A natural food diet can also support heavy metal detoxification, which is critical in the fight against cancer.
Choose Healthy Fats
Essential fatty acids are important nutrients for health, and are found in foods such as salmon, tuna, halibut, algae, and walnuts, as well as oils including canola, soybean, flaxseed, and olive. These sources effectively help to reduce inflammation, as well as suppress the formation and growth of cancer cells in the body. Fried and processed foods that are high in trans fat, such as high-fat meats, cheeses, and commercially baked products, contain pro-inflammatory properties that may increase your risk of developing breast cancer.
Get Your Fiber
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that passes through the digestive system without being broken down, providing positive effects on the digestion process. Fiber is primarily found in foods that come from plant sources, including all-natural cereals, whole-grain breads, beans, fruits, vegetables, and nuts, and can effectively increase the rate at which wastes are removed from the body, preventing the re-absorption of toxins through the digestive tract.
Eat Your Veggies
Vegetables – especially cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale – feed your system with vital antioxidants and phytonutrients needed to maintain healthy cell function and modulate hormone activity. Carotenoids are critical phytonutrients present in many fruits and vegetables, and are important in protecting against breast cancer. High-nutrient vegetables enhance the body's ability to protect against cellular damage and promote the formation of healthy new cells. They contain essential vitamins and minerals that effectively boost immunity, including calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta carotene.
Avoid Processed Foods
Another important component of maintaining breast health involves transitioning to a whole foods based diet, which means eliminating processed foods that are low in nutritional value and high in salt, sugar and unhealthy fats. Sticking to organic and nutrient-dense foods such as those mentioned above will provide your body with the critical antioxidant support needed to maintain cellular health, strengthen immunity, and help remove the toxins that have built up in your system over time. It is also important to eliminate foods that have strong pro-inflammatory potential, such as processed foods, highly salted or sweetened foods, non-organic foods, red meat, alcohol and stimulants such as caffeine.
All of these recommendations can be modified to fit the lifestyle and preferences of each individual to make healthy eating a regular part of life. Maintaining continued dedication to making wholesome choices for yourself on every level – body, mind and spirit – will help you set a foundation for optimal health and vibrancy that will stay with you in the long term.
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