Not many of us know that processed meat can cause colorectal cancer. This is found out in 2015 according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and they classified it as a Group 1 carcinogen.
If you don’t know anything about this type of cancer, you should know that colorectal cancer affects both colon and rectum and is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the USA. A little attention is given to this cancer, but according to many studies it is predicted that in 2016 more than 95 000 people will be diagnosed. Aside from helping to form, store and eliminate waste, your colon contains billions of bacteria, a healthy balance of which is essential for optimal health.
We can put this type of cancer second on the list of leading causes of deaths in the USA. A lot of scientist wondered how this cancer develops in our body, and they made a list of few reasons. So according to the research cancer-related deaths, only 5 to 10% are due to genetic defects, 35% are due to the diet, another 30% due to tobacco, 20% due to infections and the rest is due to other environmental factors like radiation, stress, physical activity levels and pollution.
One-third of the most common USA cancer cases can be prevented with a healthy diet, activity and maintaining a healthy weight, says the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). Here are some of the methods that may give you 50%chances to prevent colorectal cancer:
Consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables is not only good for cancer patients, but every person needs to consume them as much as possible. Vegetables are rich in antioxidants like magnesium that are helping the body to fight diseases. According to the results of one meta-analysis, 100-milligram increase in magnesium intake will decrease the risk of colorectal tumor by 13%, while the risk of colorectal cancer will be lowered by 12%.
It was noted that magnesium’s anti-cancer effects may be linked to its ability to reduce insulin resistance. Furthermore, the phytochemicals can reduce inflammation and eliminate carcinogens, while others regulate the rate at which your cells reproduce, get rid of old cells and maintain DNA.
If your body has higher level of vegetable intake automatically has higher levels of dietary fibers. And that means that the cancer rated are lower. When we are at the vegetables, sulforaphene that is found in cruciferous vegetables is a natural ingredient that suppresses growth of colon cancer-derived tumors.
Dried plums may lower your risk of colon cancer by building your gut bacteria.
In order to reduce the risks of colorectal cancer you should consume a lot of dietary fiber. If you add 10 grams of fiber to your daily diet, you are lowering the risk of colon cancer by 10%.But, vegetables are not the only sources of fiber, you can start consuming psyllium seed husk, flax seeds, hemp seed, and chia seeds.
According to a 2005 study, dried plums “favorably altered colon cancer risk factors” in rats, possibly due to their high content of dietary fiber and polyphenolics.
When it comes to vitamin, those people that have higher levels of vitamin D in their body have smaller chances to develop colorectal tumors. This happens because vitamin D helps your immune system to stay healthy as possible.
“Evidence suggests protective effects of vitamin D and antitumor immunity on colorectal cancer risk.
Immune cells in tumor microenvironment can convert 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] [vitamin D] to bioactive 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, which influences neoplastic and immune cells
… High plasma 25(OH)D level is associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer with intense immune reaction, supporting a role of vitamin D in cancer immunoprevention through tumor–host interaction.”
The most common way you can feed your body with vitamin D is sun exposure. But there are other ways like use of a high-quality tanning bed and supplementation with vitamin D3 supplements. With all these ways, you will get the optimal range of vitamin D of 50-70 mg/ml.
As said in the beginning, the processed meats can be a reason for developing colorectal cancer. These meats are preserved by smoking, curing, salting, or the addition of chemical preservatives including bacon, ham, pastrami, salami, pepperoni, hot dogs, some sausages, and hamburgers (if they have been preserved with salt or chemical additives) and more. You should eliminate all kinds of processed meats from your diet. They are bad because of the nitrates that are added as a preservative, coloring or flavoring. This is bad because nitrates are converted into nitrosamines which in many studies has shown as developing risks of certain cancers. AICR warns that “there is no safe threshold” for eating processed meats.
Eating more red meat will increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 24%, researchers warn. The meat itself is not the problem, but the way it is cooked and the source it comes from. Grass-fed beef, for instance, contains cancer-fighting compounds. CAFO animals are typically fed grains contaminated with glyphosate. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, can have a detrimental impact on healthy gut bacteria and is carcinogenic. Furthermore, Red meat cooked at high temperatures (such as barbecued or fried) may also contain carcinogenic cooking byproducts like heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). And if you enjoy eating red meat then go for the organically raised grass-fed meats only and cook them only lightly.
Another way to reduce the risks of colon cancer is regular exercise. 30 to 40% less chances of developing colon cancer have physically active man and women. That means that you should be more active to reduce the risks, because the inactive persons have greater chances of developing cancer. Exercise is good for you because it lowers the insulin levels, and those levels have great impact in reducing cancer risks. With good exercise you will improve the circulation of immune cells in your blood.
Colon cancer, and other different types of cancer can be linked to your weight status. In a study analyzing more than 5 million people over the age of 16, every 11-pound increase in body weight was associated with an increased risk for 10 types of cancer. And in order to prevent cancer from developing, you should lose excess belly fat, because it is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer.
We know that alcohol and cigarettes are really bad for us, and we should eliminate them completely. They can also increase the risks of colorectal cancer. We’ve all heard that alcohol can sometimes be beneficial for us and that we need to consume it in a strict border. For example, 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce beer or 1-ounce of hard liquor with meal per day, is normal and safe. As for smoking, there’s no such thing as “safe amount”, so it is best to quit it.
It’s been shown in many lab studies that garlic can eliminate cancer cells. Namely, women who regularly ate garlic (along with fruits and vegetables) had a 35 percent lower risk of colon cancer. Moreover, among people with inoperable forms of colorectal, liver, or pancreatic cancer, taking an extract of aged garlic for six months helped to improve immune function. In the end if you make your decision to use raw garlic in your daily diet them you must crush or chop the fresh cloves. This is needed because in that way they release an enzyme called allinase, which in turn catalyzes the formation of allicin.
Although we listed you many things you could do at home to lower the risks of cancer, you should never stop seeing your doctor. So for men and women over the age of 50 it is advisable to have regular screening either by flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, or by colonoscopy every 10 years since they belong to the group of having high risk of colorectal cancer. This is needed because if in your screenings or ultrasounds are found polyps in their early stages, your doctor can simply remove them at that moment. So a colonoscopy is not only a diagnostic tool, it can also serve as a surgical intervention. But, be aware that one in every 350 colonoscopies does serious harm. The death rate is about one for every 1,000 procedures. Moreover, about 80 percent of endoscopes are cleaned using Cidex (glutaraldehyde), which does NOT properly sterilize these tools.
In the following text you can see 15 ways in which you can lower your risks of colorectal cancer:
- You need to eliminate sugary drinks and cut all sugar from your diet.
- Increase your daily walking to 10 000 steps a day.
- Consume green tea. It is rich in epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a cancer-fighting catechin polyphenol.
- Start eating steamed broccoli.
- Brazil nuts are excellent source of selenium, a mineral that is beneficial for reducing the risk of prostate, colorectal and lung cancers.
- Another antioxidant that can lower the risks of skin cancer is silymarin that is found in artichokes, so start eating them.
- Feed your body with good vitamin D levels from exposing yourself to the sun.
- Marinate your meat with spices, beer or wine, which can lower the formation of cancer-causing substances when you cook it.
- You should start eating green bananas that act like fiber in out body. They help to reduce the risk of colon cancer from a diet high in red meat.
- Normalize your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by taking a high-quality krill oil and reducing your intake of processed vegetable oils, like corn, soy, and canola.
- You need to stop sleeping with lights on, because the light suppresses our body’s production of melatonin which has anti-cancer effects.
- Qiercetin can inhibit the growth of cancer cells from breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, endometrial and lung tumors. You can get quercetin from onions. Include them in your daily diet more.
- You really need to be careful and avoid toxins like cancer-causing dry cleaning chemical perc.
- Avoid French fries and potato chips, which may contain high levels of cancer-causing acrylamide (a compound formed when foods are cooked at high temperatures).
- And the last thing is to eat more fermented vegetables. They can be really beneficial for our health because in the fermentation process involved in creating sauerkraut produces cancer-fighting compounds such as isothiocyanates, indoles and sulforaphane.