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T
he prevalence of cancer today is high and
understanding more about prevention and
even beneficial strategies post diagnosis
can be invaluable in supporting our long-term
health. Jenny Phillips has her own story to share
having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003
at 39. This became a huge turning point for Jenny
and after reading some of Patrick Holford's books
she was inspired to retrain and obtain a degree in
Nutritional Medicine. Through her background
she passionately believes we can change our
biochemistry, change our lifestyle and our diets
and significantly reduce our risk of getting cancer.
Jenny explains there are many factors that put us at
risk of cancer. These include:
Genetics.
This became more widely known
following Angelina Jolie's treatment, but even
having specific gene mutations it does not
mean you will definitely get cancer. Genetic
testing is not hugely expensive today and is
certainly worth considering as it will at least
give you the heads up to what you may or may
not be up against and appropriate personalized
strategies can be planned.
Diet.
Having a diet rich in nutrients for the
body is essential especially plenty of vegetables.
Without this approach we can increase our risk.
Lifestyle.
Stress is a huge disease driver, so
it's vital we adopt strategies to reduce stress
including exercise and relaxation time perhaps
through yoga, mindfulness or just some down
time with a book.
Toxins.
Evidence around pesticides and
environmental toxins can drive imbalances in
the body. If we can opt for more organic foods,
filtered water and get some fresh, country air
our bodies can be better supported.
As with any health condition Jenny recommends
looking at all available options, keeping an open
mind and considering everything. Conventional
medicine is invaluable and certainly saves life
and alongside this Jenny advocates integrative
medicine specifically to support prevention. Jenny
works with clients who have been diagnosed with
cancer or are recovering post treatment and want to
reduce their risk of reoccurrence. She recommends
her book, workshops and individual nutritional
plans and tests.
Jenny's advice around reducing your risk of cancer
includes:
Cutting out sugar and this includes foods that
convert to glucose rapidly in the body such as
cereal, bread, refined and processed foods.
Focusing on a plant based diet, which can be
alkalizing for the body and provide a whole
host of beneficial plant chemicals.
Oxygenate your body with exercise, breathing
and fresh air. This focus also helps you to slow
down and de-stress.
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet, which includes
avoiding dairy products such as cheese and
milk as there is some evidence they can have
an hormonal impact and support cancer cell
growth.
Eating a protein rich diet is key including
vegetarian pulses, nuts and seeds.
Avoid grains, specifically wheat, which can
be inflammatory and try to include some
buckwheat or chickpea flour as suitable
alternatives.
Drink alcohol in moderation, as research
suggests just one drink a day can increase your
risk of breast cancer. Alcohol also depletes the
body of essential nutrients.
Soy based products such as soya milk can be
highly processed so are best avoided.
Include turmeric in cooking as its active
ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties,
but it's not easily absorbed by the body so when
using always add black pepper and olive oil to
increase its bioavailability to the body.