The odds are pretty good that if you smoke long enough you will die of cancer.
It was a wakeup call as I watched someone close to me die from lung cancer caused by smoking. I never wanted my family to have to experience what I saw but I knew that if I were to continue smoking chances would be pretty good that I would die from a smoking related illness such as cancer.
I haven’t smoked for several years and studies have shown that your body will repair itself after stopping but it can take a long time. Plus you never know how much damage was caused during the ‘smoking years’. If there are things that I can do to improve my healing and fight cancer I tend to try them. Luckily, there are some pretty easy steps that can help fight cancer, one of which is eating the right type of foods – foods that fight cancer.
Foods that Fight Cancer
Legumes – such as beans, peanuts, peas, soybeans and lentils have a healthy dose of folate and fiber both of which can help lower your risk of cancer.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables – such as spinach, kale, mustard greens, chicory and romaine lettuce are good sources of folate, fiber and carotenoids. Some laboratory tests show eating these types of foods can lower the risk of certain types of cancers such as breast, stomach and lung cancer.
Cruciferous Vegetables – I’ve never heard the word ‘cruciferous’ with vegetables before but if you are like me and are uncertain to what it means you can simply refer to them as non-starchy vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. These are good sources of fiber, folate and carotenoids. Diets high in cruciferous vegetables have shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancers.
Green Tea – green teas are known for their antioxidant effects because they contain flavonoids. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, green tea has been shown to slow or completely prevent the development of certain types of cancer cells.
Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do to prevent cancer. After 10 years of not smoking your risk of developing many types of cancers drop dramatically. If you aren’t used to eating healthy it can be difficult to change your eating habits. The best thing is to work new foods into your diet slowly. Making small changes can go a long way. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables can help protect you against cancer. Combined with a healthy diet, exercise and breathing techniques you can speed the healing process and improve the quality of your life. Learn more about Lung Detox!