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How Diet Can Aid Cancer Prevention and Treatment

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Whether you are battling cancer, have a family history of the disease, or are looking for ways to prevent it, simple lifestyle changes, including your diet, can have a major impact. A diet rich in plant-based foods is associated with a lower risk for developing cancer, as well as reversing cancer in some cases. According to the National Cancer Institute, eating a healthy diet in conjunction with exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight can contribute to the prevention of a third of all cancer diagnoses.

By eating smart, you can improve your health, your life expectancy, and lower your risk of developing cancer. It’s highly important to consume beneficial and vitamin-rich foods before, during and after surgery, radiation and other cancer treatments. The following foods have cancer-fighting and prevention properties.

Foods that May Help Prevent or Treat Cancer

 

  • Berries. Fruits such as blueberries and strawberries are full of antioxidants, which can protect against cell damage, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. These berries especially help protect against mouth and neck cancers.
  • Tomatoes. These fruits are rich in lycopene, a type of antioxidant that helps give tomatoes their red color and may help prevent prostate, lung and stomach cancer.
  • Whole Grains. Whole grain foods may greatly reduce your risk of colon cancer. This is because whole grains contain a number of plant compounds, including phytochemicals, which protect against cells damage. Whole grains are also a great source of antioxidants and fiber, which is highly protective against colon cancer, but may also protect against breast, ovary, endometrial, and gastrointestinal cancers.
  • Carrots. Orange vegetables and fruits including carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe are high in beta-carotene, a type of antioxidant, which can help prevent mouth cancers. Beta-carotene helps reduce the harmful effects of free radicals, which are the molecules in your body that cause cell damage, leading to the development of cancer.
  • Fatty Fish. Fish, such as salmon, are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which may help protect against colon, breast and prostate cancer.
  • Garlic. When garlic is crushed or cut, it releases immune-enhancing compounds that may help block carcinogens from entering cells and may also slow cancerous tumor development.
  • Green, Leafy Vegetables. The American Institute of Cancer Research reports that kale, spinach and romaine lettuce are excellent sources of fiber and nutrients such as lutein and flavonoids, which may protect against cancers of the mouth, pharynx and larynx.
  • Green Tea. This type of tea is loaded with antioxidants and other cancer-fighting agents. Drinking about two to 10 cups of green tea a day may help patients with any form of cancer. Some studies on green tea and breast cancer have reported shocking results.
  • Mushrooms. From shiitake to maitake to reishi mushrooms, these vegetables contain a number of vitamins that may naturally enhance your immune system and natural cancer-fighting abilities.

The consumption of fruits and vegetables may help in the prevention and treatment of cancer, but is not intended to replace more conventional methods of treatment, and should also be coupled with regular exercise and doctor appointments.

Author bio: Kaitlyn Teabo is a writer for The Mesothelioma Center. She combines her interests in writing, cancer research and emerging scientific technology to educate the mesothelioma community about asbestos and its related diseases.

Source:

American Association of Retired Persons. Foods That Help Prevent Cancer. Retrieved from www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-12-2012/foods-that-help-prevent-cancer.html#slide1

 

What is Dysphagia and How to Cook

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Dysphagia affects mostly the elder population. It is when food is unable to be chewed because of swallowing issues. Swallowing becomes painful or difficult. Eating becomes a problem and often people lose a great deal of weight. I have been working with patients with dysphagia for five years now and have learned how to prepare the food so that it tastes delicious and patients can begin to eat better.

How Does Dysphagia Occur?

“Dysphagia occurs when there is a problem with any part of the swallowing process. Weak tongue or cheek muscles may make it hard to move food around in the mouth for chewing. Food pieces that are too large for swallowing may enter the throat and block the passage of air.

Other problems include not being able to start the swallowing reflex (a stimulus that allows food and liquids to move safely through the pharynx) because of a stroke or other nervous system disorder. People with these kinds of problems are unable to begin the muscle movements that allow food to move from the mouth to the stomach. Another difficulty can occur when weak throat muscles cannot move all of the food toward the stomach. Bits of food can fall or be pulled into the windpipe (trachea), which may result in lung infection.” By ORALFLO.com

I have several recipes on my website: www.ChefGloriaB.com that have been converted to patients with Dysphagia. For example the Chicken Avocado Salad

I find that a food processor with a chopping blade is indispensable in cooking for people with dysphagia. If you are interested in more recipes please contact me at Gloria@ChefGloriab.com.

The one important understanding if you are cooking for people with Dysphagia is don’t just cook the meal and put it in the food processor. For something like steamed vegetables that is fine. However, if you are doing a recipe such as the chicken avocado salad, it is important to process in steps so the food has the most flavor.

Tilapia With Lemon Caper Sauce

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Are you looking for an easy, delicious recipe to have on the table in twenty minutes? Then this is the dish for you- Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce is so simple to prepare and it’s healthy too! All you need is: lemon juice, capers, garlic, parsley, olive oil, paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper! Go to http://www.chefgloriab.com to see the recipe.

If preparing food is not your thing but you want to eat healthy let Chef GloriaB cook it for you. We are a certified personal chef service. We will also teach you how to prepare healthy easy recipes if you would like to learn. Read about all of our wonderful services to help you stay healthy and eat delicious foods see www.chefgloriab.com for more information or call Gloria at 781.598.9313 or email at Gloria@Mybnl.com.