October is breast cancer awareness month, so in the spirit of thinking pink I felt compelled to share my thoughts on cancer as a whole.
With the recent passing of the late, great Steve Jobs, it would seem that no one is safe from this horrendous disease. There is no amount of money, power or influence that can exempt one from such a damning diagnoses.
The number of people contracting cancer is rising by the day, and it begs the question – Why? Part of the reason is the way we treat our bodies, the foods we put in it and the level of exercise we require it to perform. Doctors speculate as to what causes certain cancers, but no one factor has been isolated.
Yes it’s true that smoking, tanning and poor diet elevates the risk, but there are people who have smoked and tanned since Pan Am was the airline of choice, yet they remain cancer free.
Regardless, one thing that all health professionals can agree on is that a diet rich in plants and fiber can help prevent cancer – and juicing, when paired with a healthy lifestyle, is one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of cancer because basically, fruits and vegetables are loaded with all sorts of vitamins and minerals that build up and heal your body.
Often, cancer is attributable to many years of eating fatty, processed and refined foods that destroy the body and wear it down. The positive effects of juicing can help revitalize those damaged cells within our bodies.
The reason why juicing for cancer works is that it allows you to consume a high amount of fruits and vegetables. People often ask me why I juice and whether they need to juice in order to feel the same effects. The answer of course is no, however, juicing fruits and vegetables is a simple and easy way get daily vitamins and minerals. So whether you eat or drink it, make sure you’re consuming lots of fresh produce.
There are things that can increase the effectiveness of juicing for cancer prevention:
- Make your juice at home. This way you control exactly what is in your juice.
- Drink juices high in carotenoids. Carotenoids give fruits and vegetables their color, and are well known to prevent and minimize cancer risk. Try adding a carrot or two to each juice you make.
- Drink juices high in lycophene. It’s a powerful antioxidant, and studies have already shown some cancer-preventing effects, especially for prostate cancer. Lycophene is high in fruits like tomatoes, strawberries and watermelon.
- Consume lots of fiber. Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet, and lack of fiber is one of the largest causes of bowel cancer in men and women. Juicing often removes the fiber (pulp), so make sure to integrate fiber into your diet. This means eating fruits and vegetables in addition to juicing. Or, you can always add the pulp back into your juice or use it while cooking.
- If you have the means, go organic. Organic products will be pesticide free and grown in nutrient-rich soil.
- A number of green juices are a good source of Vitamin E.
- Fruit juices are a great source of essential minerals like iron, copper, potassium, sodium, iodine and magnesium.
- Juice regularly. The benefits of juicing fresh fruits and vegetables are realized over a long period of time. Make juicing a part of your daily routine in order to see and feel those lasting effects.
- Use variety to not only make it more interesting, but also to derive maximum benefits from various fruits and vegetables.