4 Foods to Prevent Colon Cancer

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and its also the best time to review those New Year’s resolutions that we made on January 1st.  This is the first quarter of the year and its a great time to check in and do an audit on your health.   We all know the basics to health like eating a diet that is low in fat and sticking to good plant-based fats and making sure that you are consuming lots of fresh raw fruits and vegetables (at least 51%).  We also know that a diet high in plant-based protein and fiber will prevent most degenerative diseases like colon cancer.  Colon cancer mostly strikes elderly men, but it is a cancer that is quickly striking younger people more every year.

While you do not have to pack your diet with lots of fiber in order to prevent colon cancer, a  healthier lifestyle coupled with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will also keep the colon clean as well as a good raw foods cleanse such as The 7 Day Raw Foods Cleanse 

Cleansing the colon at least once a year is a must.

Here are 4 colon cancer-fighting foods

1. Broccoli is the number one food to prevent most cancers.  It has two of the most powerful anti-cancerous agents that actively suppresses tumors. Broccoli contains vitamin A, C, E, & K which are all critical for the function of the digestive system.

2. Sweet potatoes are considered a superfood because it contains complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta carotene, and antioxidants.  Sweet potatoes also speed up bowel function and reduces your colon’s exposure to toxins.

3. Edamame in Japanese means “beans” and this bean contains ample amounts of soy protein and fiber that helps to prevent colon cancer.

4. Eating non-dairy yogurt everyday that is full of probiotic cultures is the best choice of food that you can make for your intestinal health.  Yogurts can be made from coconut kefirs or any one of your favorite nuts.  It balances your flora and contains easily asorbable vitamin D.

So share this anti-cancer salad with your family and friends and eat to keep your colon healthy.  And join us this month for The 7 Day Raw Foods Cleanse.  Its starts Sunday, April 14th – Saturday, April 20th

And we are offering a 25% discount in honor of colon cancer awareness month!

 

Anti-Cancer Salad

1/2 C broccoli

1/2 C cauliflower

1/2 C raisins

4 carrots shredded

2 nori sheets

dulse flakes

1-2 lemons

olive oil

Process the carrots, broccoli, and the cauliflower in a food processor all separately until the vegetables have a couscous texture. Shred the carrots. Tear the nori sheets into bits and pieces.  Add everything including the raisins in a mixing bowl and toss in olive oil, lemon juice, and dulse flakes and enjoy!

The Best Superfoods to Eat

What is so super about superfoods is that they have a plethora of functions along with an abundance of vital nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that the body cannot make on its own.  They not only nourish and sustain our bodies, but they also help to heal the body by eliminating toxins and they will reverse disease in the process.  There are an abundance of superfoods in the plant kingdom, so these top 7 superfoods are easily accessible and available and easy to get into one’s diet.

Take a look at these 7 different types of superfoods and how they can fit into your diet.

1. Raw Cacao is best known for its high magnesium and iron content.  It is best taken in powder form and used in smoothies and for desserts.  It has a high antioxidant content that beats the antioxidant content in red wine and green tea.  Be sure to purchase certified organic raw cacao as Navitas Naturals is the best of its kind for its price.

2. Wild-blue green algae is high in plant-based protein.  As a matter of fact, its protein content is as high as 70%.  You can get it in powder, capsule, and liquid form and take it like a multivitamin.  Chlorella and spirulina are the best forms of algae and they contain virtually every known nutrient known to humankind.  They are a key food for diabetics as they are known to help control blood sugar levels.  My favorite form of spirulina can be purchased through the RawPower website.

3. Maca root is known for increasing one’s energy levels, libido, immunity, and fertility.  It is available in powder form and used mostly in a smoothie.  Dr. Oz made it famous on his show for those who suffer from low libidos.  Traditionally it comes from Peru and has been used to increase energy and elevate one’s fertility.

4. Acai berries have a high source of vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene and they have the same pigments that red wine has so they are full of antioxidants as well.  They are available as a freeze dried product and can be added to smoothies.  They taste like cranberries with a hint of chocolate to them.  Acai berries are indigenous to Brazil and can only be found here in the States as a freeze-dried product.  Add acai berries to your daily smoothies.  There is also acai berry juice available, however it is usually pasteurized.

5. Avocados are a great source of fat.  As a matter of fact, one whole avocado contains 32 grams of fat.  Use avocados as a butter or a spread on bread, cabbage leaves, leafy greens, flax crackers or eat it whole in salads.  Also add avocados to your smoothies to create a creamy texture and you won’t even taste it.  And of course making an easy guacomole recipe is always ideal!  I have a wonderful guacamole recipe in my book, The Goddess of Raw Foods.

6. Kale is the magical dark leafy green that supplies us with vitamin K.  Kale is best consumed raw as steaming kale not only minimizes its nutrient content, but the taste of kale significantly lowers when it is cooked.  There is black kale, green kale, and even purple kale.  Mixing all three in a salad and tossing it with some flax oil and dulse flakes and adding avocado and olives to it makes a great kale salad that you can stuff in a cucumber or in a wrap.  Kale is a superfood that contains easily digestible proteins and acts as a wonderful protein source for vegans.

7. Coconut Oil is our miracle food as it can be used both internally and externally.  It not only moisterizes our skin and hair and provides luster and shine to both, but it also regulates our metabolism and thyroid gland.  It is also a wonderful food for those who want to lose weight as even though it has good fats, the body still needs a source of good fat in order to lose weight.  Buy the unrefined virgin coconut oil as this is the best for your body.  Trader Joe’s has a wonderful source for only $5.99.