Although doctors always say that fruits and vegetables are good for your health, many of them, including plant-based foods, can do something even more powerful: aid in battling mesothelioma.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Ressearch (AICR), numerous plant-based foods that can be easily found by going to your local grocery or farmer’s market, offer not only the essential vitamins needed in a daily diet, but also the ability to battle against all kinds of cancers. AICR suggests that several laboratory studies have shown cancer-fighting properties in plant-based food that helps battles cancer both directly and indirectly.
How Plant-Based Foods Help Fight Mesothelioma
In addition to providing the needed vitamins and nutrition, eating foods with less fat content will also promote better weight. Excess fat on the body increases the risk of at least 10 cancers, whereas eating plant-based foods not only helps maintain optimal weight, but also reduces the risk of developing cancer for those who’ve not been diagnosed, and helps boost the immune system of those already diagnosed.
Plant-based foods, in particular, have strong properties that help ward off cancer and battle cancerous cells. Plant-based foods are described as any foods that are grown and pulled from the ground. They are divided into many different categories including fruits, grains, vegetables, spices, legumes, and herbs.
What Makes Plant-Based Foods So Powerful
Most plant-based foods have natural ingredients that not only help protect the body from carcinogens, but also provide anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
Examples of plant-based fruits include:
Examples of plant-based vegetables include:
- Red peppers
Examples of plant-based herbs and spices (with some of the most highest anti-inflammatory properties) include:
Adding Enough Plant-Based Foods Into Your Daily Diet
Most diet experts recommend eating at least 6 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, at around half a cup per serving. If you have difficulty consuming these foods, consider eating at least two servings of fruits and vegetables with your main meal, but if you’re eating meat, make sure it’s of the lean variety. Season your foods with cancer-fighting herbs and spices.
In addition, purchase pre-cut vegetables to make it easier to help you reach the daily recommendations. Having the convenience of vegetables already cut or diced saves times and helps you plan meals easier. Furthermore, try adding diced or cut vegetables to your favorite soups, chili, or other meals.
Don’t leave fruits and vegetables on your plate. In fact, try to eat all of your fruits and vegetables before consuming other foods on your plate. Fruits and vegetables can also be consumed via pre-made drinks, but make sure you’re purchasing drinks that are made with 100% vegetables and fruits, with no added sugar.
Another approach to ensure you get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables is to make smoothies. Consider researching different smoothie recipes to add variety to your diet. Numerous smoothie recipes offer a blend of different fruits, vegetables, and both combined together.
If you need additional helps and suggestions on how to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet, consult your physician. In addition, a dietitian who specializes in helping cancer patients eat the right foods may also be able to assist you.
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