Proper nutrition is at the heart of living a healthy life. When someone is diagnosed with a life-changing or life-threatening condition, they instinctively know that they need to make changes to their diet.
There are increasing amounts of studies that have found direct links between highly processed and high-sugar foods and conditions like diabetes and arthritis. Cancer survivors are no exception to this rule.
How Does An Alkaline Diet Fight Cancer?
An alkaline diet consists of reducing daily intake of acidic food while increasing intake of alkaline foods.
Some people even suggest cutting out acidic foods entirely. The theory is that since cancer cells tend to die in alkaline environments (1), eating alkaline foods will make your body an unfriendly place for cancer to grow and spread.
Many acidic foods are also pro-inflammatory and inflammation is believed to be one of the underlying causes of cancer .
The Battle Against Inflammation
In a healthy individual, an inflammatory process starts when chemicals are released by the damaged tissue. In response, white blood cells make substances that cause cells to divide and grow to rebuild tissue to help repair the injury. Once the wound is healed, the inflammatory process ends.
In chronic inflammation, the inflammatory process may begin even if there is no injury, and it does not end when it should. Why the inflammation continues is not always known.
Chronic inflammation may be caused by infections that don’t go away, abnormal immune reactions to normal tissues, or conditions such as obesity. Over time, chronic inflammation can cause DNA damage and lead to cancer. [mashshare]