I attended a seminar yesterday by Dr. Xandria Williams called Vital Signs for Cancer: Cancer Prevention. Dr. Williams runs CanSurvive Resource Centre in London.
The seminar looked at biochemical individuality, determining the unique needs of the individual and restoring homoeostasis (balance), all of which form a foundation for maintaining or restoring optimum health. We covered the role of lifestyle versus genetics, the predisposing factors and their relation to the development of cancer.
Truly fascinating stuff so I thought I would share a few interesting facts and lifestyle tips to best support your homeostasis and optimum health.
Startling statistics on current cancer occurrence risk:
So what can we do to support homeostasis and optimum health?
Healthy cell membranes are needed for nutrient uptake and elimination of toxins. Healthy cells need the correct fats – omega 3 fatty acids from oily fish, nuts, seeds, coconut oil, flaxseed oil. Use coconut oil for cooking and flaxseed oil as a salad dressing.
Avoid "bad" fats – trans and hydrogenated fats (e.g. vegetable oils in plastic bottles, ‘buttery’ spreads, spray oils).
Seriously increase vegetable intake.
How many of us actually get 8-10 portions of veggies a day? Or even 5, the absolute minimum? In my experience, very few. Cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner... it's so easy to fall into bad habits. Try and reduce dependence on carbohydrate dominant meals and aim to make 50% of your plate veggies instead.
Eat phytonutrients. Plant foods contain phytonutrients - thousands of natural chemicals that have a positive influence on our health:
If your digestion is compromised (bad breath, acid reflux, burping, passing wind, bloating, gas), reduced absorption of nutrients is a given.
Support the liver and detoxification pathways.
Our health encompasses the whole person. Body and mind.
Learn to manage stress. You are more stressed than you think! Emotional stress (change thinking), physical stress (change lifestyle). Consider meditation, yoga, mindfulness practices and affirmations.
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