Why proper nutrition is so important when fighting against cancer

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Cancer is understood to always start from a single stem cell, not just any cell. The cause for a stem cell to turn into a cancer cell is likely to  be caused by chronic inflammation in the body. Cancer treatment works effectively agains the tumour, but have no effect on the stem cell and it seems that this is why cancer often returns after even successful treatment. Ketogenic diet to prevent this inflammation and that way target the abnormal stem cell, is therefore found to be very effective when fighting against cancer. If cancer treatment is given together with good diet therapy, the chances of beating cancer are much higher. It seems cancer is not a genetic disease as previously thought, but in fact a metabolic disease.

It is known that insulin resistance and diabetes increase risk of cancer significantly. Sugar and over-consumption of carbohydrates cause insulin resistance which is the first sign of a disfunction of the metabolic system and will lead to diabetes. Cancer is most likely a consequence of the reactions caused by sugar and insulin resistance in the body. As it burns, sugar increases the amount of free radicals in the body massively which damages the mitochondria, cell membranes and DNA. This will lead to many illnesses, including cancer. Diabetes medication do lower blood sugar, but have no effect on insulin resistance. They only way to treat insulin resistance is to follow a diet low in carbohydrates, a ketogenic diet.

The basic treatment for cancer should be ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting. This diet also supports traditional cancer treatments very well and increases the success of these treatments. Traditional treatment helps in removing the tumour, but you need ketogenic diet to change the body functions to become unfavourable for cancer, to ensure cancer does not return after treatment. Sugar, but also wrong unhealthy fats and their high omega 6 content produce free radicals and cause inflammation in the body. Do avoid them. Make sure you don’t eat more than 50g of carbohydrates a day. Also eat vegetable, green leafy vegetables and cabbage in particular, healthy spices such as turmeric, cumin, ginger and garlic and drink green tea. Don’t forget that the quality of food is extremely important. Choose organic and free range. Always avoid GMO and very processed food.  Exercise is good for mitochondria health, especially HIIT in great. In addition to these, good stress management would be extremely beneficial. More about stress later.

For those who are interested, this Thomas Seyfield video very well explains how energy metabolism can be targeted in brain cancer.

Published by goodlifeandfood

Warm welcome to my blog. I’m Hanna, a nurse and also very passioned about healthy nutritious food and how it affects our overall health and wellbeing, both physical and mental. Eating right is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy. Not just cutting down sugar, grains and excess carbohydrates, but also choosing nutritious and good quality foods, such as good vegetables, berries, herbs and spices, is extremely important. I try not to forget stress management and healthy exercise either.

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