I had a lovely individual contact me about writing a guest post on my blog. It was with great honor that I have my first guest posting.
Her name is Jillian Mckee. She wanted me to spread some awareness about The Marriage of Cancer and Nutrition.
Here is her article. If you have any questions for her you can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marriage of Cancer and Nutrition
Research studies have always confirmed that cancer and nutrition are somehow connected. Proper nutrition can play a large role in the prevention of and treatment of cancer. One important dietary component to focus on is fiber. Fiber intake is essential for several reasons. In the large intestines, fiber acts like our own personal sponge, absorbing bile, acids and other waste products. Fiber bulks up the feces and helps to propel it quickly through our system. It also binds trace metals, toxins and residues found on the colon walls. Furthermore, it neutralizes many of the irritants and residual chemicals found in our food and reduces the levels of glucose found in the blood. When the body is going through hard times such as during treatment for cancer such as mesothelioma, keeping these organs healthy is essential.
Over the years, many studies have concluded that dietary fiber, overall, can reduce the risk of cancer. One such study, published by the British Medical Journal in November 2011, concluded that an intake of dietary fiber, particularly whole grains, is associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer.
The traditional diet always protected the vast majority of the world, but today the consumption of our meat, dairy products and other animal foods weakens our body, especially the digestive tract. In fact, individuals tend to overfill their plates with animal fat and proteins, and the body cannot properly metabolize these foods. Why is that a problem? Think of all the leftover residuals. Excess bile, built-up ammonia and harmful bacteria remain in the colon, all the while lowering the body’s immunity.
Fiber helps to modify much of what we eat. From the time food hits the colon, fiber begins breaking it down to quickly rid it from our system.
Did you know?
The shape, color and texture of bowel movements can indicate the overall health of an individual’s colon. People who consume a healthy amount of fiber-rich whole grains typically pass approximately 17 ounces of solid waste a day. Yet, those who consume high-fat, high-protein diets only pass about five ounces per day. A fiber-rich whole grain diet takes about 30 hours to travel south, from mouth through the digestive tract. In elderly people, it can take up to a full two weeks, and longer for immobilized individuals. The lack of fiber in a diet helps to slow the movement of fecal matter through the body. Furthermore, when this happens, pressure begins to build up and the lining of the colon breaks down, forming small sacs, referred to as diverticulitis. These sacs become inflamed with bacteria, acid and waste. At this point, the colon can no longer protect itself, giving way for mutations and cancerous growths.
In recent years, every population has decreased their consumption of fruits and vegetables, while increasing the consumption of fat and protein, and every year, cancer statistics grow. Modern medicine continues to thrive while employing a variety of methods to speed up, relieve and reduce what’s in our colon. In the long run, the best permanent solution is looking at our diet. Could it be that simple?A balanced diet centered on a high-fiber whole grain menu can offer us much more than a full stomach. Focusing on the link between cancer and nutrition could be the one step needed towards prevention and protection.