As a cancer survivor myself, I practice what I preach
Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) January 08, 2013
As a registered dietitian and cancer survivor Jean LaMantia practices good nutrition to keep herself healthy in 2013 and beyond. "As a cancer survivor myself, I practice what I preach." She offers tips on reducing inflammation in the body to keep you at your best throughout the next year.
Chronic inflammation in the body can lead to the creation of cancerous cells, which can survive, grow, multiply and invade organs in your body. One strategy that you can implement in your goal to keep yourself cancer-free is to eat foods that reduce inflammation.
Many pathways that lead to cancer have been positively affected by an anti-inflammatory diet. Foods that rank high in anti-inflammatory ability include omega-3 fats, turmeric, tea, fiber and garlic.
Omega-3 fats are found in cold-water fish. These include mackerel, herring, trout, sardines, salmon and anchovies. Consuming omega-3 rich fish two to three times a week is a great way to add more anti-inflammatory potential to your diet.
Plant sources of omega-3 include ground flax seeds, walnuts and canola oil. If you are a cereal eater, add a spoon of ground flax seeds and a spoon of walnuts to your cereal every morning as one simple strategy that you can use all year to help keep inflammation under wraps.
Turmeric is a spice made by drying and grinding turmeric root. The result is a bright yellow powder with an earthy, and mildly bitter flavour. If you pair it with black pepper, you will increase the absorption of the beneficial compound curcumin by 100 times. You will receive both turmeric and black pepper in most yellow curry blends. Yellow curry is mild, not hot and can be used to flavour vegetables, soups, stews, eggs and meat.
Tea is another top-ranked anti-inflammatory. Both green and black teas have anti-inflammatory ability. Drinking tea is the most obvious way to add it to the diet, but you can use a tea bag to steep your water that you use to make soup, you can add tea to smoothies or use loose tea as flavouring in your breading that you use to coat chicken or fish.
Fiber is beneficial for many reasons, including its ability to reduce inflammation. Consuming whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds in your diet every day will help you achieve your fiber goals.
Garlic is a popular spice. To get the most out of it’s cancer-fighting potential, then use fresh garlic, let it sit for 10 minutes after you chop it and enjoy it raw or cooked regularly.
These are a few tips to help reduce inflammation. For more information on how you can reduce your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook devotes a full chapter including several food lists to outline exactly what should be included in your cancer-fighting diet. This book is available wherever books are sold.
Jean LaMantia is a registered dietitian and cancer survivor. The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook is her first book and is written for cancer patients, caregivers, health professionals and others who care about their health and good nutrition. It is available wherever books are sold.