The best way to prevent colon cancer is to prevent chronic inflammation which hides undetected and unfelt in the body. Only when its symptoms raise their ugly head, be it through cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or some other chronic illness, do we know this nasty offender has been depleting our health.
Following the Mediterranean diet may be the best preventive measure we could possibly take. This nutritional program emphasizes olive oil, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. High fat meats, processed foods, and vegetable oils are very limited. Bottom line: good food has cancer protective agents. When cancer has actually developed, then we need to be even more strict about removing carbohydrates from the diet.
Sugars and starches tend to be highly inflammatory foods, and should be eaten only occasionally, if we wish to avoid inflammation in the gut. Foods to which the individual is allergic or sensitive also are inflammatory. Fruits and vegetables contain nutrients which our bodies need, and are rarely inflammatory. Red meats are considered “hot” in Chinese medicine, and are more inflammatory than poultry or fish. Western literature demonstrates that commercially raised meat and fowl have acidic bodies because they have been fed an unnatural diet of grains, corn, and soy. When we in turn eat meat from such animals, our bodies become more acidic than if we had eaten grass-fed beef or pasture-raised chicken or non-farm raised fish. When naturally alkaline vegetables are eaten with naturally raised meat and dairy products, the veggies balance the acidity in the meat and dairy. Commercially raised animals are also given steroids, hormones, antibiotics, and sometimes arsenic which are unhealthy for us to consume.
Probiotics will help to restore the normal gut flora which antibiotics have often destroyed. In addition, they reduce inflammation in the gut, and sometimes even help to potentiate certain forms of chemotherapy. Our ancestors got their daily doses of probiotics from raw and fermented foods. We don’t consume much of either today. Supplements are a good alternative, just make sure they have been formulated to survive the stomach acid.