Proper Nutrition Could Prevent Cancer and Other Diseases
Have you ever wondered why so many people develop cancer and other diseases in the United States? Well, many experts say that poor nutrition is a major contributor to disease in your body. Most of the food in our country is processed and contains high levels of sugar, grains, and pesticides. It wasn’t always like this; the way our food is processed has changed drastically over time. According to statistics presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of Americans now suffer from diseases that were once considered rare, including cancer. Cancer has become one of the leading causes of death in Americans, with over 500,000 lives claimed per year. Many health professionals, such as Dr. Joseph Mercola, recommend changing your diet to organic whole foods. This will help eliminate the amount of processed food that goes into your body, they key is to understand what foods you should buy and which you should stay away from.
One of the foods you should avoid is processed meat like bacon, roast beef, or ham. These animals are raised in poor conditions in factory farms and fed multiple hormones and other drugs in order to grow faster and produce more food to be sold. One of the chemicals found in most processed meats is sodium nitrate. It is used to as a preservative to extend the shelf life of many foods. When these nitrates go into your body they are chemically converted into nitrosomes, which have been linked to many cancers such as pancreatic, stomach, and colorectal cancer. It was also found that when cooked or heated at high temperatures, processed meat produces multiple types of carcinogens that can lead to heart and kidney problems as well as other types of cancer. Health experts recommend only eating meats that are 100% organic and free of hormones. Alternative solutions can be found at local farmers markets or places like Whole Foods and Trader Joes, although they are more expensive, it could significantly help you prevent disease and cancer in your body.
Another chemical that is found in processed foods that is linked to disease in the body is acrylamide. This is found in foods that are heated up to high temperatures above 212 degrees Fahrenheit. This includes potato chips, French fries, grain products, and coffee beans/powder. Coffee contains many beneficial antioxidants for your body, so the best option is to drink organic coffee and stay away from the substitutes found in most stores.
Additionally, there is a chemical called bisphenol-A or BPA. This is found in plastic containers, water bottles, and canned foods and has been linked to the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and prostate cancer. The recommended alternative is to use glass or ceramic containers so that you can avoid the harmful BPA’s found in many foods.
Lastly, another food item that is potentially detrimental to your health is butter or margarine. After going through the oxygenation process, butter and margarine contain trans fat and preservatives that expose cancer and disease inside your body. It also has been found to cause bone problems and hormone imbalances.
By now you can see that there are many foods out there that are not good for your long-term health. Some of these foods may taste great, but the potential risks are not worth it! Follow Dr. Mercola’s advice and shop at all natural grocery stores or local farmers markets to get the freshest and highest quality foods for you and your family. If you do this, you will significantly lower your chances of developing health problems, diseases, and cancer.