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Today’s blog post is all about foods that help prevent cancer.
You might have heard that many vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants, lycopene, beta-carotene, and other essential cancer-fighting components.
According to Jed W. Fahey, MS, ScD, faculty research associate at the School of Medicine at John Hopkins University, the phytochemicals found in most plants prevent cell mutation and damage.
The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Society conducted research on the benefits of plant-based foods.
The result of the studies showed that foods such as berries, garlic, and broccoli provided the strongest protection from cancer.
These foods are low in calories, and contain loads of phytochecmicals that can do wonders for the health.
You might find the odor of garlic rather repelling; however, the sulfur compounds that cause odor are the same components that prevent cancer-causing substances from developing in your body.
Garlic also fights off harmful bacteria such as the H.pylori, which is the main culprit for stomach and colon cancer.
According to Fahey, broccoli is the best source of sulforaphane, a protective enzyme that reduces risks of cancer.
The enzyme detoxifies damaging substances in the body and attacks the H.pylori bacterium. The American Institute for Cancer Research has conducted studies that prove the effectiveness of broccoli in preventing cancers of the stomach, esophagus, and mouth.
Lycopene, the component in tomatoes that give the fruit a red hue, is a very powerful antioxidant and phytochemical.
A diet rich in lycopene has great benefits in preventing prostate cancer, as well as inhibiting cancer cells from growing in the lung, endometrial, and the breasts. Lycopene boosts the immune system and stops the growth of tumors and cancer cells.
Strawberries contain abundant supply of antioxidants, including ellagic acid and vitamin C that have anti-cancer properties.
These components destroy cancer-causing agents and slow down the development of tumors.
Blueberries, cranberries, and other types of berries are also super-charged with flavonoids that suppress DNA-damaging enzymes linked with lung cancer.
Scientists have discovered the outstanding supply of beta-carotene found in carrots, which makes the vegetable another cancer-fighting food that you should have on your plate.
Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that prevents toxin damage in cell membranes.
This tasty and healthy vegetable is best eaten when cooked, as this releases more antioxidants, based on the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.
Spinach contains carotenoids, lutein, and zeaxanthin that get rid of free radicals from the body before these components cause severe damages. These essential components in spinach are also found in other vegetables with dark green and leafy quality.
Studies have discovered that people who included more spinach to their diet are less likely to develop esophageal cancer, and other types of serious medical conditions.
7. Whole grains
Fiber, the main component of whole grains, decreases the risk of colorectal cancer. Whole grains are rich in lignans that serve as antioxidants, which prevent mutation of cancer cells.
When you buy bread, purchase one that contains 100 percent whole wheat, as this comes with excellent supply of fiber and lignans.
8. Green Tea and Red Wine
Scientists at the Purdue University have discovered a special compound in green tea called polyphenols, which impedes growth of cancer cells. Those who drink over four cups of green tea each day have low risks of cancer, as compared to non-tea drinkers.
Polyphenols are also found in red wine, and it is beneficial to have one serving of red wine at least thrice a week.
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant found in avocados, and this component attacks the free radicals by blocking absorption of harmful fats. This fruit has also been discovered to treat viral diseases that may cause liver cancer such as hepatitis.
10. Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are rich in lignans that block cancerous cells and remove free radicals. This food item also contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that protect the body from heart disease and colon cancer.
This tasty fruit is rich in vitamin C that reduces absorption of nitrosamines or cancer-causing components found in processed foods. Papayas also contain folacin that reduces cervical dysplasia, and prevents other types of cancer.
Just like other citrus fruits, grapefruit is high in monoterpenes, or enzymes that prevent cancer by removing carcinogens out of the body. The fruit also contains beta-carotene, vitamin C and folic acid that inhibit the spread of breast cancer cells.
Make sure that you include these foods in your diet, so you can ensure a healthy and cancer-free body. In addition, you will feel energized and youthful because of the outstanding benefits of these foods.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post.
Be healthy, stay well!
Founder of MindTracks
Recently I read a book called The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying by Bronnie Ware. Bronnie is an Australian nurse who has spent many years caring for patients in their last 12 weeks of their lives.
She originally kept a blog recording their dying epiphanies, then following the popularity of this blog, she ended up writing a book that detailed the top 5 regrets of the dying from these epiphanies.
In this article, I want to present the 5 regrets of the dying and how you can learn from these ‘end of life’ epiphanies.
Regret #1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
According to Bronnie, “This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams ahve gone unfulfilled.”
The eye-opening thing to note is that most people that Bronnie observed had not even honoured even half of their dreams, and had to die knowing that they could have acheived these if it were not for choices they had regretted making.
The thing is, when we are healthy, we have enormous freedom and time that very few people can properly appreciate, until we no longer have it.
Letting your life meander on, or putting more emphasis on achieving others’ expectations of you could mean sacrificing your dreams, and your destiny that you were meant to fulfil.
Regret #2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship.”
Bearing in mind that most of the patients that Bronnie nursed were from an older generation where the breadwinners were often males, women who did work also spoke of this regret.
Being a father of 2 now, and having a wife that I love so much, I can see how this can easily happen.
Kids grow up very fast, and when you are trying to save for many different things (the next house, children’s schooling, etc), it’s easy to find yourself putting aside family time in favor of getting things done at work.
Personally I’m very thankful for what my business has brought me in terms of the freedom to be able to spend more time with my kids, go on vacations and so forth. I don’t know where I’d be if I was trapped in a job that I didn’t like, having to work overtime hours trying to make ends meet for the family.
That is unfortunately the way of life for many people and it can be challenging to move outside of this.
Just remember though… The time for happiness is (and always was) NOW.
You can put a price on a house, on food, on education, but you can’t put a price on time missed with your partner, your children and other loved ones.
Always find time. Some way. Some how.
Don’t let work/family life fall out of balance.
Regret #3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”
You were put on this earth for a reason, and if you don’t live true to yourself and speak up for yourself, then while you mean to keep peace, most of the time you’ll actually be stunting the growth of your relationships with yourself and with others.
Regret #4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
“Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”
I don’t necessarily advocate living every day as if it were your last, but make sure that from time to time, you look at your life and ask yourself the question, if I were to die tomorrow … have I been spending as much time with my family and friends as I should have, or would there be regrets?
Several different research studies have proven that the number one factor contributing to human happiness is the strength of your close friendships.
There have been many studies that back up what I’ve been saying about the importance of strong social connections on human health and wellbeing. For instance, in 2007, the American Journal of Public Health published the results of a survey of 24,000 workers. Their results showed that the men and women with the weakest social ties were the most likely to suffer from major depressive symptoms.
It doesn’t seem to matter whether you have one or more close friendships, what matters is the strength of the connections that you do form with friends and relatives and how often you spend time cooperating in activities and sharing your personal feelings with them.
Just to reiterate, it’s not the quantity of your interpersonal relationships, it’s the quality that counts.
Regret #5. I wish I had let myself be happier
“This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”
If you have any trouble being happy right NOW, then it’s time you started preparing a gratitude journal. Every day write down 3 things about the world and/or your life that you are grateful for. It might be your spouse, it might be the fact that you have 2 legs, there are many obvious and less obvious things in this world to be grateful for, and when you bring them to your conscious attention on a daily basis, you’ll find yourself immensely happier as a result.
If you think that you are not living according to what you want with your life, then NOW is the time to change for the better. Ask yourself what you want so that you can finally start enjoying your life.
Remember that we are given one chance to live out our destiny and to make a difference to the world.
It’s your life, and how it plays out is a direct function of the choices that YOU make.
Choose to be true to yourself, work hard in a profession that you are passionate about, but DON’T let your life become a treadmill of ‘work’ – especially not in a career that you were not destined for, choose to spend more time with your family and friends, choose to express your feelings, choose to be happy… NOW.
I hope you enjoyed this article, I’m looking forward to your comments below.
Also if you wish to get yourself a copy of this brilliant book, here’s a link: The top 5 regrets of the dying
Founder of MindTracks
In today’s post I’ve decided to make a list of 30 really interesting facts about the human brain. Have a read, enjoy, and feel free to post comments of other interesting facts that I may have missed in this post.
1. About 75% of the brain is composed of water.
2. The human brain weighs about 3 lbs. (an average of 1300-1400g).
3. The brain cannot feel any pain because there are no brain receptors inside it.
4. Your brain is very soft and delicate that a table knife can cut it. It is comprised of gray and white matter. The gray matter (40%) is composed of neurons while the white matter (60%) consists of dendrites and axons.
5. The number of neurons in the human brain is the same as the number of stars in the galaxy, which is about 100 billion. Also, during the early stage of pregnancy, neurons increase in number with the rate of 250,000 neurons every minute. Throughout its life, the human brain keeps on producing new neurons for its mental activity.
6. Your brain is comprised of two sides: the left and right. The left side (left hemisphere)is the one which rules the right part of your body. On the other hand, the right side (right hemisphere) controls the left part of your body. Between the two, the left side of your brain has 186 million more neurons than the right side.
7. Of all the organs in your body, the brain is the fattest. It is made up of at least 60% fat.
8. At age 18, the brain stops growing. On the other hand, the brain reduces 0.25% in mass every year after you reach the age of 30.
9. An average of 70,000 is the number of thoughts that a human brain can produce every day.
10. The amount of blood which flows through your brain per minute ranges from 750 to 1000ml, which is equivalent to 3 cans of soda.
11. The human brain has a volume of about 1300 to 1400 cm3.
12. As you stay awake, your brain is able to generate 25 watts of power, which is enough to power a light bulb.
13. Within a span of 4 to 6 minutes, the brain can live with no oxygen.
14. Your brain consumes the largest part of your energy. 20% of the whole energy production of your body is used by your brain. This energy is used for all the activities that the brain does such as the health maintenance of the brain cells.
15. You will lose consciousness when your brain loses supply of blood for an average of 10 seconds.
16. Did you know that when you yawn, you are sending more oxygen to your brain?
17. Your brain makes up the 2% of your total body weight.
18. When your brain consumes oxygen, the white matter in your brain will consume 6% of it while the remaining 94% goes to the grey matter.
19. If you are overexposed to aluminum compounds found or used in deodorants, toothpaste, foil, antacids, there is a higher risk of affecting brain function.
20. The human brain has the same texture of a ripe avocado.
21. Your brain is composed of white and gray matter but it looks pink due to the flow of blood.
22. 1% of the human brain is composed of inorganic salt.
23. The cerebral cortex has a surface area of 2,500 cm2 (2.69 sq.ft.).
24. Each time you remember something or got a fresh idea, it is another way of saying that you are producing a new connection in your brain.
25. Studies show that brain waves tend to be more active when a person is dreaming than when he or she is awake.
26. 20% of the blood which circulates in your body is used by your brain.
27. The human brain has 100,000 miles of blood vessels.
28. The neocortex of the human brain is responsible for a person’s consciousness and language.
29. The transmission of information depends on the type of neurons in your brain. Information can be transferred for as slow as 0.5 meters per second or as fast as 120 meters per second.
30. Talking or reading aloud in front of a child helps in his or her brain development.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post. I probably could have posted 200 interesting facts there is so much that goes on inside the brain.
I look forward to bringing you many more interesting posts in the future on this Mind Tracks blog. I intend to keep writing posts on many different mindset related topics including, mind power, enlightment, getting the most out of yourself and your mind, wealth generation, health tips and more.
Stay tuned, all the best,