Cancer proof your diet

Advice from Dr Julian Kenyon, integrated medical expert, on how to prevent cancer through diet, and nutritional advice for cancer patients
The explosion in cancer in the last 15 years can largely be attributed to the growth in toxins in our diet, according to Dr Julian Kenyon.
It is thought that dietary factors account for some 30 per cent of all cancers in the west.

Julian Kenyon’s points on cancer:

Cancer grows in an acidic body but most of what we eat (meat, cheese, eggs, grains, sugar, soft drinks) are acidic
An alkaline body is ideal for optimal health as tumour cells dies off – eat raisins, bananas, avocados, carrots, beetroot, potatoes and rhubarb
Organic fruit and vegetables are higher in vitamins and minerals
They also contain more isoflavones, which are cancer protective
Spinach (preferably organic) has been proven to reduces the chances of breast cancer, so eat two or three times a week
Cooking meat at high temperatures – like BBQing – produces chemicals that damage cells

He claims that nutritional toxicity is affected by increased sodium – from the excessive salt in most foods – and too little magnesium and potassium. When someone has been treated with chemotherapy or surgery they need nutrients to prevent the body feeding off stored fat and protein, which can impair the functioning of the immune system.

What to avoid

Coffee, tea, alcohol and caffeinated drinks like cola
Processed foods
Saturated fat
Red meat
Smoked and cured meats

Eat plenty of:

Whole grains such as brown rice, oats, wheat and barley, because it minimises the production of oestrogen which is instrumental in causing breast cancer.
Seeds – sesame, sunflower, pumpkin
Fruit and veg – preferably organic

Eat in moderation:

Fish – preferably fresh oily fish
White meat and poultry – preferably organic
Sugar – tumours feed off glucose

Dr Kenyon says that maintaining optimum nutrition and using the correct supplements for each individual can provide many benefits for anyone living with cancer, including:

Strengthening the immune system
Rebuilding body tissue
Decreasing risk of infection
Improving strength and increasing energy
Improved tolerance to cancer treatments
Faster recuperation after treatment
Improved quality of life

Dr Julian Kenyon is a director of the Dove Clinic for Integrated Medicine, London and Winchester, 01962 718000,