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Choosing A Healthy Diet Helps In Fight With Cancer

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What you eat can make a difference if you have been dealing with cancer. The right diet creates a better environment for healing. This is good news, it places more control in your hands than you may have thought possible.

Dr. Keith Block has an integrative approach that embraces nutritional elements of healing. He puts emphasis on development of a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet, heavy on the phytochemicals and micronutrients, and the right kinds of fats.

(Transcribed from video interview)

Dr. Block:
Well, there is a healthy, anti-inflammatory, phytochemically rich, right-fat type of diet, but the problem is, is that there’s also lots of foods out there that have the wrong fats, that are low in phytochemicals that strip the body of antioxidants. And so it’s hard to pick specific foods.

But what I would suggest is that red meats, poultry, milk products, as a rule contain higher amounts of saturated fats and omega-6 fats. And these are fats that drive up inflammation. They unfortunately drive up oxidative stress. And they can actually place a patient in a situation that creates the biology, the biochemical environment to reinforce cancer growth, as opposed to a diet that’s going to reverse that.

Now it’s not just animal foods. Refined, processed, chemicalized foods, particularly a lot of your white flour products, your white sugars, a lot of the processed junk food that we feed our culture and certainly we call it belly water, soda pop, right?

This kind of food ingestion is actually stripping the body of critical micronutrients and phytochemicals and it drives, for different reasons, because of its effects on certain enzymes, it can actually drive up inflammatory tracts and inflammatory molecules.

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