Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body and is often referred to as “malignant tumours”. The main feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries, forming malignant tumours. These tumours invariably invade adjoining parts of the body and metastasise (spread) to other organs, which is usually the cause of death.
One of the most dreaded diseases; CANCER and ‘KETOSIS’ ?
Can a ‘keto diet’ help evade this enemy of human beings?
Remember that a ‘keto diet’ strictly reduces carbohydrate consumption, controlling your sugar levels and lowering oxidative stress in the body. Apart from the many health benefits that you might experience, this may be least expected. Let’s unearth its reality….
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The Warburg effect:
Cancer cells are similar to normal cells in many ways, but one of the traits that is quite unique regards nitric oxide. They have ten times more insulin receptors on their mobile surface. This enables cancer cells to gorge themselves in sugar and nutrients coming from the blood at a really large rate. As you continue to eat sugar as your main diet supply, cancer cells will continue to flourish and spread. It’s not surprising that the lowest survival rate in cancer patients is one of those with the maximum blood sugar levels.
Otto Warburg was a leading cell biologist who led to the discovery that cancer cells are unable to flourish using energy generated from cellular respiration, but rather than glucose fermentation. Dr. Thomas Seyfried and other cancer researchers agree, and have further discovered that cancer cells can also be fueled from the fermentation of the amino acid glutamine.
With ketogenic diets, lowering carbohydrates will decrease your levels of glucose, the fuel which feeds cancer cells. This will put your body into ketosis and will help out with depleting cancer cells of the energy source.
Cancer cells metabolize glucose and amino acids. Restricting sugar or the amino acid glutamine is critical to ending cancer.
Lowered insulin during ketosis…
How does it help?
Since insulin is a growth factor, higher insulin levels in cells activate more rapid cell division, while elevated glucose and fat levels provide more metabolic fuel. On the way, some cells lose control of the DNA regulatory genes, that’s the hallmark of malignancy. This chain of events is now considered to contribute to the promotion of cancer, at least in colon cells and probably in those across the body.
Insulin levels are implicated in some of the most common human malignancies like gastric cancer, liver cancer, cancers of the female reproductive system, prostrate cancer, etc..
Research has established the same. (NCBI)
Holistic protocol to treat cancer says ALL that is intrinsic to a keto diet!
- Use a diet including lots of salads with dark green leafy vegetables such as collards, kale, spinach and arugula (green leafy vegetables contain a lot of cancer fighting chlorophyll) and an assortment of colorful vegetables- i.e., cucumber, tomato, onion, mushroom, celery, beets, pepper, radish, avocado, green and red cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Green juices, beat and beet root juices and carrot juice are also good along with smoothies. These foods are filled with what the body needs for good health- vitamins minerals, anti-oxidants, fiber, water, oxygen and life force energy.
- Avoid whole grains that contain gluten. Gluten is a form of sugar- and sugar feeds cancer. The best whole grain is quinoa because it is gluten free and high in protein, vitamins and minerals. Brown rice is second best for the same reasons, but it contains fewer nutrients than quinoa.
- Eat plenty of nuts and seeds. Nuts include walnuts, cashews, almonds and Brazil nuts among others. Seeds include pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and chia seeds among others. Nuts and seeds will provide you with needed protein and fats (along with avocado and coconut).
- Refined salt is toxic and devoid of minerals. So, only use a fully mineralized salt such as Himalayan salt
- Eliminate refined sugar and processed and packaged foods. These manufactured foods are not real food. They are not easily digested. They are toxic and full of sugar and, along with dairy and meat, tend to make the PH balance acidic. An acidic PH balance and sugar feed cancer.
- All disease including cancer is triggered by oxidation (oxidative stress) and inflammation at the cellular level. And we know that a keto diet lowers oxidative stress considerably, by not using glucose as the primary source of energy.
You are at an impressive advantage, if you’re considering the ‘Keto diet’ to be your saviour!
You must read to know that its not just a hype, but science bears testimony to the huge number of positive effects it may have on your health.