In 2015 processed meat was classified as a Group 1 carcinogen and number one cause for colorectal cancer in humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
In the U.S, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer which affects both colon and rectum. It is predicted that in 2016, this cancer will affect more than 95,000 people, while more than 39,000 will be diagnosed with rectal cancer.
Your colon contains billions of bacteria for which a healthy balance is essential for optimal health. Moreover, it helps to form, store and eliminate waste from your body.
As we previously mentioned, colorectal cancer is the secon leading cause of cancer in the U.S, but it can be prevented. Only 5% to 10% of cancer cases are due to genetic defects, 35% are probably due to poor diet, another 30% are due to tobacco, 20% are due to infections and the rest of the cases are due to many different things such as stress, environmental pollution, exposure to radiation and insuficient physical activity.
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) claims that even one third of the most common U.S. cancer cases can be prevented with maintaining a healthy diet and be more physically active. There are some methods through which there is a 50% chance to prevent colorectal cancer.
For instance, people have to start consuming more fruts and vegetables, since they are rich in antioxidants and other disease-fighting compounds such a magnesium. The results from one meta-analysis showed that 100-milligram increase in magnesium intake will decrease the risk of colorectal tumor by 13 percent, while the risk of colorectal cancer will be lowered by 12 percent.Moreover, vegetables are a great sorce of fiber. For every 10 grams of fiber you add to your daily diet, your risk of colon cancer decreases by 10 percent.
Cruciferous vegetables should be on the menu of every healthy diet since they contain sulforaphene which is a naturally occurring derivative of sulforaphne that can suppress growth of colon cancer-derived tumors.
People need to enter more vitamin D In their organism since those with higher levels of this vitamin are less likely to develop colorectal cancer.
There are several ways in which you can get this vitamins such as spending some time on sunlight, use of a high-quality tanning bed and/or supplementation with a vitamin D3 supplement can get your vitamin D levels into the optimal range of 50-70 ng/ml.
People need to avoid or even eliminate processed meats since they contain nitrates added as a preservatives, flavoring and coloring. The nitrates are converted into nitrosamines which are associated with an increased risk of certain cancers.
Consuminn red meat on a regular basis will increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 24%. However, the meat is not the problem but the way it is cooked and the source it comes from. For instance, the grass-fed beef contains cancer-fighting compounds, so people need to purchase organic products and grass-fed meat.
If you enjoy red meat then go for the organically raised grass-fed meats only and cook them only lightly (rare, not well-done).
Exercising on a regular basis will significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer. According to one study, physically active men and women have about a 30 percent to 40 percent less chance of developing colon cancer compared with inactive persons.
Moreover, according to many studies, obesity is linked to an increased risk for about a dozen different cancers, including colon cancer. When it comes to cancer prevention, losing excess belly fat is particularly important, as belly fat is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer regardless of your body weight.
Excessive intake of alcohol and smoking can also increase the risk of colorectal cancer. The best way to prevent any type of cancer is to eliminate alcohol and cigarettes, however, 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce beer or 1 ounce of hard liquor, with a meal, per day is considered a normal and safe amount. When it comes to smoking, there is no safe amount, so make sure to eliminate it once and for all.
Numerous lab studies have shown that the consumption of garlic can eliminate cancer cells. Women who ate garlic on a regular basis along with fruits and veggies, had a 35% 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.
Make sure to add raw garlic in your diet, but you need to crush or chopp the clove in order to stimulate the release of an enzyme called alliinase, which in turn catalyzes the formation of allicin.
Specialist advice people that are over the age of 50 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. Moreover, ultrasounds are of great value because if the polyps are found In their early stages, the doctor can simply snip them off right then and there. So a colonoscopy is not only a diagnostic tool, it can also serve as a surgical intervention. However, we should mention that one In every 350 colonoscopies does serious harm. The death rate is about one for every 1,000 procedures. In addition, even 80% of endoscopes are cleaned using Cidex (glutaraldehyde), which does NOT properly sterilize these tools.
Here are 15 more ways to lower your risk of colorectal cancer:
- Before you consume meat, you should marinate it with spices, beer or wine which can lower the formation of cancer-causing substances when you cook it.
- Consume some “resistant starches” (such as green bananas), which act like fiber in your body. If your diet is high in red meat, they will help you reduce the risk of colon cancer.
- Eat steamed broccoli
- Try to consume more Brazil nuts since they are an excellent source of selenium. Selenium is a mineral that is especially beneficial for reducing the risk of lung, prostate and colorectal cancer.
- Consume more artichokes because they are a rich source of silymarin, an antioxidant that may lower your risk of skin cancer.
- Cut sugar from your diet and eliminate sugary drinks like soda.
- Walk more, try to take 10.000 steps per day.
- Consume green tea. It is rich in epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a cancer-fighting catechin polyphenol.
- In order to increase vitamin D levels, get regular sun exposure.
- Reduce your intake of processed vegetable oils like soy, canola or corn, instead take high-quality krill oil in order to normalize your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats.
- Try to avoid environmental toxins like the cancer-causing dry cleaning chemical perc ( perchloroethylene).
- Try to avoid French fries and potato chips as much as possible as they contain high levels of cancer-causing acrylamide (a compound formed when foods are cooked at high temperatures).
- Make sure to sleep in complete darkness since light suppresses your body’s production of melatonin, which has anti-cancer effects.
- Consume more onions because they contain quercetin, a cancer-fighting compound. quercetin inhibits the growth of cancer cells from breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, endometrial and lung tumors.
- Eat fermented vegetables; they’re excellent for your gut health and the fermentation process involved in creating sauerkraut produces cancer-fighting compounds such as isothiocyanates, indoles and sulforaphane.