When we reach the age of 50, one out of four individuals that we know or might be acquainted with will develop colorectal cancer. This figure is high enough to get us alarmed to prepare for our uncertain future. No one would like to suffer such an unbearable disease when we reach our golden years, where possibly, eating can be the only one of our lives’ greatest highlights.
A proper diet has always been a man’s greatest preventative measure against developing serious or fatal diseases. Coupled with our knowledge of the benefits of a healthy diet and proper nutrition, how are we to start a colon cancer diet? Can this diet actually guarantee a life free from colorectal cancer? We will find out! Before we start, we have to understand that dieting has always been a misnomer for the diets that Hollywood actresses practice in order for them to look extremely bony or extremely sexy thin. We have to take note that dieting is comprised of a balance between the major food groups (go, grow, glow) to attain good health.
To begin starting and formulating our own diet, we must know the food that we are supposed to eat that shall aid our efforts in preventing colorectal cancer.
• It remains true that a high-fiber diet helps in colon cleansing, hence decreasing one’s risk of developing colon polyps that may result in colorectal cancer in a matter of 10 years. This is the main reason why high-fiber diets will indirectly help us prevent the development colon cancer. Foods that have helpful high-fibers are fruits and vegetables, barley, bran, brown rice, whole-grain bread and whole-wheat pasta.
• Food high in folic acid will aid in reducing the risk of developing colon cancer as well as breast cancer. This finding was supported by the fact that incidents are associated with the polymorphism of a gene for methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase, an enzyme involved in folic acid metabolism. The kinds of food that are high in folic acid include spinach, asparagus, broccoli and beets among many.
• Low-fat food should be taken more than red meats or charred meat since it increases the risk to colorectal cancer. These low-fat foods include fish such as tuna, lobster and other crustaceans, skimmed milk, cornflakes etc.
• Vitamin D and Calcium has also been found to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by reducing the formation of colorectal adenoma polyps. Vitamin D can be supplemented by taking vitamins while calcium can be found in dairy.
So as we start on our colon cancer diet, will we be assured that this diet can prevent colon cancer development? The answer still is, “No”. Even if a person followed a strict regimen to prevent colon cancer, he may not be guaranteed that colon cancer development will cease to exist. This is due to the fact that diet is just one of many risk factors in the development of colon cancer. Other factors include heredity, age, environment, behavior, and pre-existing conditions such as Diabetes.
But in the end, we have to put this colon cancer diet in good light. Mainly because dieting and eating healthy can provide you a generally healthy body and the benefits of a colon cancer diet still outweighs the weak effect it produces as preventive measure against colorectal cancer. So, let’s start our colon cancer diet now.