There are certain vitamins, minerals, enzymes and plant compounds that have been scientifically proven to halt cancer cell growth. If your diet is rich in certain nutrients you can prevent cancer from proliferating. We all have cancer cells in our body, but our diet and gene expression (based on environmental factors) will cause cancer to grow out of control.
Cancer is already the second leading cause of Death in America and one of the top medical causes of death in the world. Anything you can do for prevention is beneficial. Diet is one of the strongest prevention factors that can work in your favor, beyond that a good work-life balance, a healthy emotional state, low stress, good levels of exercise, laughter and fulfillment in life in general play a role as well.
Cancer is seen as a physical disease and although it shows up in physical form by manifesting in an area in the body it has multiple causes for growth and proliferation in the body. Thankfully there is a LOT you can do to prevent cancer and improve overall health and quality of life, and today’s advice is extremely important for anyone that wants to do their best to prevent cancer.
This advice is even more important if you live in the northern hemisphere where sunshine is limited daily. If you are any nationality (Latin, African American, Arabic, Indian… etc.) with darker pigment skin this is more important as well. If you live in a northern hemisphere with limited sunshine for a portion of the year and have darker pigment skin then this is crucial, not just for cancer prevention but for immunity and health in general.
The majority of the population is deficient in this vitamin, what vitamin is it? Vitamin D. In fact, 75% of US teens are deficient in it, adults are probably more deficient in vitamin D. Over 82% of African Americans are deficient in vitamin D. Over 69% of hispanic people are deficient in vitamin D. These are by the standards of the Government, and if you’ve been paying attention to the Government’s guidelines, daily value or any nutritional recommendation by the Government you’ll find a common thread, they always tend to be a bit off and usually on the side of things that doesn’t work in your favor.
In other words, if the Government say’s 82% of African Americans are deficient in Vitamin D and 69% of Hispanic people are deficient in Vitamin D then you could probably assume that those numbers are a little bit, if not quite a bit higher… if not 100%. Let’s take African Americans and Hispanic people for example, genetically the darker skin pigment needs more vitamin d, more sunshine. How many Hispanic people and African American people get enough sunshine each day, each week or each month? The majority of us live and work inside for the majority of the day.
That 15 minute daily sunshine recommendation from your doctor of by the Government’s guidelines and standards seems a bit shallow doesn’t it? 15 minutes of sunshine? out of say 12 hours of daylight. If you spent 25% of your time as a caveman or cave woman outside in the sun during the day and the other 75% in the shade that would equate to 3 hours of sunshine each day.
Needless to say, the daily vitamin D values are massively low in probably 99%+ of the population whatever your skin pigment or wherever you life. Unless your diet is rich in Vitamin D, you get plenty of sunshine daily and you don’t wash the vitamin D off your skin, read more about how you’re not absorbing vitamin d because of soap in the shower here. You’re most likely deficient.
Vitamin D, known as the “Sunshine Vitamin” is beneficial for preventing diabetes, heart disease and cancer according to new research. Past research has shown the links of low vitamin D levels to depression, high blood pressure and other health problems.
Vitamin D plays a crucial role in cellular health as well as gene expression. Vitamin D regulates cells by reducing cells growing out of control, as well as by improving cellular differentiation. The cells have a better ability to hold their own homeostasis as well as to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy growth. The cells also are able to better perform their roles when provided adequate levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is one of the most important ways to inhibit cancer growth because the cells know their defined roles and act in a healthy manner instead of growing out of control with the other cancer cells.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to colon, prostate, breast, and ovarian cancer according to Dr. Mark Hyman.
Cellular health is extremely important, and maintaining healthy cellular homeostasis is crucial for health and vitality throughout the entire body as well as preventing potential health problems.
Vitamin D is important for preventing cancer, reducing inflammation, a healthy mood, easing muscle aches and pains and Fibromyalgia, and building healthy strong bones. One study found that vitamin D supplementation could reduce type 1 diabetes risk by a whopping 80%!
How can you get more vitamin D? Expose as much of your skin to as much sunlight as you can daily. Unless you live in Florida and are retired on a beach you probably are not getting enough sunshine. Even then you could still not be getting enough vitamin D! how? by washing your skin directly with something that strips the vitamin D from your skin before it’s fully absorbed by your body. Learn more about that by reading this article and how to avoid it.
Sunshine is one of the best ways to get vitamin D nonetheless, but if you live in a climate where the skies are grey half the year and the sun is hiding behind clouds you need other alternatives. Here are a few ideas:
When mushrooms are exposed to UV light they produce vitamin D which is great for you. They are some of the best sources of naturally occurring vitamin D. Portabello mushrooms are the best mushroom source of vitamin D.
Cod Liver Oil, Fish, Eggs:
Certain fish are high sources of vitamin D as well as Cod Liver oil which is one of the richest sources (if not the richest source) of ingestible vitamin D available. Pastured free range organic eggs are also a great source of vitamin D.
Get More Sunshine More Often!
The sun is one of the best ways to get vitamin D. When it’s sunny outside get outside and wear short sleeves. Do your best to expose your skin to the sun because that’s free vitamin D! You cannot pass this up! Washing with soap or any other cleansing agent in the shower actually washes the vitamin D off your skin and it isn’t fully absorbed. This is why you should just wash your non-sun exposed areas and let the rest rinse off your body with water.
You can take a vitamin D supplement as well, this makes it easy and ensures that you get adequate levels of vitamin D which reduce cancer risk, diabetes risk, as well as prevent heart disease and high blood pressure. Adequate levels of vitamin D also help every single cell in the body as well as your genes! they keep your immune system strong and healthy. My personal favorite vitamin d supplement is this citrus flavored oral spray from Dr. Mercola, it’s cost effective and works well giving your body the ability to absorb it easily.