Do you like taking pills? I personally hate taking pills and try to avoid them as much as possible. Every once in a while I think “I wish I could just eat some tasty foods and cure any disease or problem.” But wait! Actually we can eat good stuff and prevent almost any disease if we include several super-foods in our diet.
Unfortunately I cannot recommend that you eat doughnuts and pizza to cure or prevent all health problems but you can develop a taste for healthy foods and enjoy a healthy life. After some thorough research I have found several foods that are absolute winners when it comes to preventing or even fighting the biggest killers in our modern day world: cancer and heart disease. Here we go …
Cancer is the #2 killer in the US and in most other countries of the world. It would be more logical to start this list with the #1 killer (heart disease) but if you look at the chart below then you will see that over the last 20 years the number of deaths from heart disease has decreased by 12% while the number of deaths from cancer is slowly going up (unfortunately I could find detailed statistics only for the US but I believe that most other developed countries should have similar findings.)
Another factor that makes cancer more dangerous in my eyes is that it affects both young and older people (the rates significantly go up at the age of 45 - reference ). Heart disease on the contrary affects mostly older people (ages 60-79 – read full report here )
I can talk a lot about how horrible cancer is but I think that each one of us knows that already. Let’s look at what we can do to prevent it.
How can foods fight cancer?
We all have cancer cells in our bodies and they are harmless if they do not start growing. In order to grow cancer cells need:
a) new blood supply;
b) local inflammation (it causes cells around the tumor to secrete “growth factors” which in turn cause the tumor to grow);
c) “lose” the ability to self-destruct (cancer cells unlike normal cells do not know that they need to self destruct if they become overcrowded.)
Certain foods can fight cancer by eliminating every one of these factors. Isn’t this wonderful ?
The best foods to fight cancer
Are you wondering how you can remember all these foods and proper amounts? I have created special desktop wallpaper that will remind you to eat these healthy foods. You can also print this image and out it on your fridge to remember which foods to fix during the day.
Life balance is so much easier when you do not have to worry about your health so making healthy lifestyle or diet changes is one step that each one of us can make on a daily basis.
If you are wondering about ways to protect yourself against heart disease then I have an excellent article waiting for you 77 (+7) Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy and Happy for 100 Years or Longer Enjoy!
Keep it balanced!