Healthy diet lowers risk of cancer patient death up to 65 percent, new research finally figures it out
(NaturalHealth365) What most people have known their whole lives is now being verified by formal research. A healthy diet loaded with plenty of organic (chemical free) fruits and vegetables can make all the difference in the world, according to University of Florida researchers.
And, in terms of lowering the risk of cancer, nothing could be more powerful – on a long-term basis – than maintaining a healthy diet, especially with all the toxins in our environment. This is particularly important for cancer patients because those eating this way were up to 65 percent less likely to die from cancer.
Often unrecognized by Western medicine: The wonders of a healthy diet for cancer patients
A balanced diet should provide plenty of unprocessed carbohydrates, clean proteins and non-toxic fats. In addition, the focus should be on nutrient dense foods – loaded with of vitamins and minerals.
So, whether you choose to eat animal food or not, be sure to eat a good portion of organic fruits and vegetables – every day. (Note: If costs for quality are a concern, eat in accordance to the season and buy your produce from community supported agriculture (CSA) or local farmers markets.)
Worth mentioning (again!): A balanced diet was found to reduce the risk of dying from cancer by up to 65 percent, according to researchers from the Public Health and Health Professions of the University of Florida’s College.
The study was based on an assessment of data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), which collected data from 1988 to 1994 from nearly 34,000 people.
Do NOT ignore the health dangers linked to toxic indoor air. These chemicals - the 'off-gassing' of paints, mattresses, carpets and other home/office building materials - increase your risk of headaches, dementia, heart disease and cancer.
Get the BEST indoor air purification system - at the LOWEST price, exclusively for NaturalHealth365 readers. I, personally use this system in my home AND office. Click HERE to order now - before the sale ends.
Of this number, 1,200 were diagnosed with cancer. All participants kept a food diary, documenting what they ate each day during the survey period.
Most important message: A healthy diet is pivotal to beating cancer and enhancing longevity
The team used the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) dietary guidelines to rank the nutritional quality of the diets of each cancer patient. And, the group was tracked for 17 years.
By this time, half had died. However, those who ate the most balanced and nutritious diets were found to have a 65 percent lower chance of dying early from cancer or any other cause. That’s a powerful message!
Exercise and other lifestyle factors were not included in the results, and the precise length of survival after the cancer diagnosis was not determined. However, these findings support what most people have known for years – that the healthier you eat, the healthier you are.
By the way, for those that like to do research, the findings were published in the journal JNCI Cancer Spectrum.
Simply put: these results should empower both the cancer patient and health-minded individuals hoping to avoid cancer to follow this type of eating plan – despite the obvious temptations out there to eat ‘junk’ food.
Stay away from box, canned or bagged food. Avoid artificial sweeteners (i.e. aspartame) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – as much as possible.
In terms of ‘action steps,’ be sure to eat dark leafy greens like, kale, collards or Swiss chard. Stay well hydrated with clean water (no chlorine or fluoride) and take high-quality, nutritional supplements like, vitamin C and D.
Bonus action step: Regular exercise routine will reduce stress and boost immune system health
Clearly, we all need to pay close attention to our activity level. After all, we know that a sedentary lifestyle is quite dangerous to our health. But, this message is especially important for those diagnosed with cancer. (don’t give up – do something today!)
Avoid heavily processed foods, excess sugar and destructive additives like MSG. If you don’t exercise, start walking and build up to 12 – 15 miles per week. The physical, mental and emotional benefits are amazing!
Naturally, a meditation or spiritual practice will always help to reduce mental and emotional stress – which immediately improves immune function. After all, strengthening immunity is the key to overcoming a cancer diagnosis.
Bottom line: anything you can do to clear the mind, strengthen the body and nourish the soul – is a good thing. Eating a healthy diet is always a great place to start.
Sources for this article include:
Food & Nutrition
Natural Health 365
Natural Health 365 is a premium source of trending and popular health-related news, science, testimony & research articles on the most up to date and relevant natural health information. The Food & Nutrition articles found herein are meant to inform and advise our site visitors on eating healthy, nutritious foods and safely using supplements and vitamins to achieve optimal health.
Join thousands of daily visitors staying informed and involved on Natural Health 365! We seek out scientific solutions with proven results and it is our mission to keep you informed! Articles range in topic from the cancer fighting qualities of Olive Oil, to the remarkably high concentration of anti-oxidants found in blueberries, to how to make your own almond milk, to a nutritional comparison of organic vs conventional produce, to an analysis of the health benefits of tree nuts. You can find all of the Food News Articles here
Read Some of Our Most Popular Articles
Artichokes, Olive Oil, Almond Milk, Blueberries
More Food & Nutrition Articles
Fresh Organic Produce Fights Cancer, Susan G. Komen on Organic Foods, Hemp Seeds for Inflammation, Pau D’Arco For Improved Immunity
In addition to exploring health benefits of certain foods, vitamins and supplements, we also aim to connect healthy eating and balanced consumption of dietary supplements to long-lasting health and adding healthy, happy years to your life. For example, did you know that eating Granny Smith Apples on a regular basis can reduce your chance of building up unhealthy gut yeast? Or that ingesting ground hemp seeds can significantly reduce inflammation throughout the body? Perhaps you didn’t know that Fresh Organic Produce has been found to have higher concentrations of key, cancer-fighting anti-oxidants and vitamins than conventional produce? You can find all of that information and more right here on Natural Health 365.
We’d love to know what you’re thinking! Please join the conversation on Facebook, post comments here on the website and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.
Please use and share the articles you find here with your friends, family and peers.