World Cancer Day 2021: Nutritionist Janvi Chitalia reveals tips on foods that can help prevent cancer

To mark World Cancer Day, let us find out what role does food play in fighting diseases and building the immune system in our body. Here is all you need to know about the type of food you need to consume to reduce the risk of getting cancer.
World Cancer Day 2021: Nutritionist Janvi Chitalia reveals tips on foods that can help prevent cancer
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Food is the fuel for the body and information for the cells. The body has an amazing immune system in the gut, which is the first place of defence that the body has when it is under attack or when there is inflammation that is in the system. It is most important to ensure a strong immunity in order to get the body resilient towards an attack through food, environment pollution and toxins. 

Cancer is a disease caused by the uncontrollable division of abnormal cells in any part of the body. The body’s immune system largely lies in the gut which is why what we eat and absorb is essential in the fight of preventing cancer.

Food is the key to cancer prevention explains nutritionist Janvi Chitalia, an Integrative Gut Microbiome Health Coach and Functional Nutritionist, and Founder of Body Cocoon. It should be seen as medicine one should believe in the healing powers of natural food. One needs to consume foods like:

  • Green tea promotes angiogenesis. Three to four cups of green tea is known to have anti-cancer and phytonutrient and antioxidant properties 
  • Blackberries 
  • Citrus fruits 
  • Grape seed extract 
  • Olive oil

It is also essential to eliminate or minimise toxins, balance hormones, minimise inflammation and to ensure that your detoxification capacity is high.

What is the goal of the food in order to help lower the risk of cancer? 

  • To increase antioxidants and phytochemical intake.
  • Eating eight to nine servings of fruits and vegetables are known for cancer prevention.
  • Red foods are high in lycopene and carotenoid, they have free radical protecting effects. It has an effect on prostate cancer, lungs and heart disease.
  • Red fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, watermelon, red grapes, cherries, apples.
  • Orange foods: They have beta cryothanxin in it, it has intracellular communication and is also known to help support against heart disease.
  • Green leafy vegetables are rich in cancer blocking, like sulforaphane and other Indoles, iso-flavonoids which help to inhibit the action of mutating cancer-related properties.
  • Blue and purple foods: Powerful antioxidants called anthocyanin lead to cellular ageing, avoid the formation of blood clots Found In blueberries, blackberries, raisins, plums, figs.

Balance hormones and eliminate toxins

The second goal is to balance hormones and eliminate toxins. Eliminating toxins from the body is equally essential. Green leafy vegetables high on sulphur phases have the best oestrogen properties. Another great way to detox the system of oestrogen is also to work on good liver health. 

The liver metabolises the oestrogen, hence, eating Vitamin E or Milk Thistle will lead to better liver function which impacts the pathway.

Reduce Inflammation

The third goal is to reduce inflammation responses in the body due to stress, pollution, lifestyle choices and unhealthy eating habits.

Anti-inflammatory foods are such as omega three, probiotics, probiotics. Omega-three are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and they help to reduce a cytokine storm, decrease inflammatory response as it helps to calm the body completely.

Probiotics are beneficial strains that help to balance the gut. It helps to rebalance the gut microbiota, and improve the gut-brain axis. It becomes necessary to help in the production of dopamine and serotonin in the gut. Serotonin is a happy hormone which is produced almost 95 per cent in the gut, in order for that it’s important to have the right balance.