Your body is built to sustain itself. It regulates temperature, destroys foreign bacteria and heals wounds without any conscious instruction from you. Your body also naturally kills cancer cells throughout the body with its amazing healing ability.
Your lifestyle choices serve to fuel or diminish your immune system’s ability to kill cancer cells and keep them from multiplying.
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Here are five simple, yet powerful ways to optimize your body’s ability to kill cancer.
1. Coffee, Tea, Sweetened Drinks
Bad choice: Sugar, aspartame (Nutrasweet), high fructose corn syrup
Cancer cells feed on sugar: too much can weaken your immune system and fuel cancer’s development. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup come with a laundry list of side effects. High fructose corn syrup promotes fat storage and feeds cancer cells. Aspartame has been linked to brain tumors, lymphoma, leukemia and peripheral nerve cancer. Take the time to read nutrition labels and choose not to add them to your morning beverage.
Better choice: Stevia or Xylitol
If you absolutely need a sweet morning beverage, use a sweetener made from the herb stevia. Most stevia-based sweeteners contain no calories or carbohydrates. Xylitol—a carbohydrate naturally found in fruit, birch bark and fibrous vegetables—is also a safe option. Xylitol is as sweet as sugar without the calories, carbs and resulting spike in blood sugar.
Best choice: No sugar added
Don’t fuel cancer cells. This is the first step in overcoming a sugar dependence, which most Americans have thanks to the abundance of high fructose corn syrup. Use an organic half-and-half to dull the bitterness of your coffee.
2. Dietary Choices
Bad choice: Pre-packaged or canned meats
Processed meats like bacon, sausage or sandwich meat are usually made using sodium nitrite, an additive to help preserve a reddish, “fresh” color. This process produces cancer-causing compounds called nitrosamines. In 2009, the World Cancer Research Fund said “processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption.”
Better choice: Fresh lean beef, chicken or turkey
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Toxins are absorbed into fatty tissue. Choosing the leanest beef—and eating it in moderation—can greatly reduce your level of toxicity. The leaner the beef, the fewer toxins in the portion. Your best beef choices are ground round, ground sirloin and ground chuck, in that order. Chicken and turkey typically qualify as lean.
Best choice: Grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, cold-water fish