Cancer Prevention and Green Juice
Protect Your Health with the Right Nutrients
You can reduce your chances of developing cancer and chronic diseases by making healthier food choices daily. In fact, a diet rich in plant foods can give your body the range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it needs to stay healthy. Plus, eating from the earth can also help prevent weight gain and lower body fat.
Weight Gain from Sugar: The Dietary Villain
If you’re concerned about sugar, you’re not alone. While you get sugar naturally in foods like fruits and vegetables, which are packed with nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy diet, added sugars are a completely different story. Sugars that are added to foods and beverages can negatively impact your health from including weight gain. Sugar’s unnecessary calories can lead to obesity; the link between obesity and several types of cancers is well established. The American Institute for Cancer research says consuming less sugary drinks and energy dense foods is among the top ways to reduce your cancer risk.
Excess body weight also increases the amount of hormones in your body; when those extra hormones go unused, they can promote cancer cell growth (which can increase a woman’s risk of breast and endometrial cancers).
Fighting Oxidative Stress and Chronic Inflammation with Kale
If you have an insufficient intake of antioxidants you can suffer a metabolic problem called oxidative stress. In addition, if you have an insufficient intake of anti-inflammatory nutrients you could also experience the problem of chronic inflammation. Kale, for example, has cancer preventive benefits which have been clearly linked to its unusual concentration of two types of antioxidants – carotenoids and flavanoids.
Flavonoids are an amazing range of different substances widely disbursed in plants that are responsible for the vibrant green color in kale leaves. Research has found at least 45 different antioxidant flavonoids that are provided in measurable amounts by kale which is why we pack in most of our juices!
Fill Your Plate with Plant Foods
Plant foods are the only foods that contain anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Plus they are high in the antioxidants and fiber your body needs to fight off cancers. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends filling at least two-thirds of your plate with plant foods. Research shows that vegetables and fruits can reduce your risk of a range of cancers including: mouth and throat, oesophagus, stomach, lung and bowel.
Choosing organic produce will reduce your risk of ingesting commercially produced pesticides and chemicals. Without the synthetic chemical pesticides that is applied on conventional crops, organic plants tend to produce more phenols and polyphenols to defend against pest attacks. In people, phenols and polyphenols can help prevent diseases triggered or promoted by oxidative-damage like coronary heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. Not everything you purchase has to be organic through; check out the list below of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen:
- Nectarines (imported)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sweet bell peppers
- Kale/Collar greens
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Sweet potatoes
Get the Juice Cleanse Lowdown with Lizzy Jays
Sip on Lizzy Jays refreshing, nutrient-packed juices for an extra dose of cancer-fighting goodness. These low-sugar green juice boats ingredients like kale, spinach, lemon and ginger that are loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants to help protect your body.
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