Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Nu Healings Nutrition Ottawa

What you need to know if you have been dealing with this cancer

This type of cancer affects any age although 90% of cases are in adults over the age of 50.  Although it is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in Canada and the US most people are unaware it is also the most Preventable, Treatable and Beatable.

First and foremost, if no one’s told you yet, you need to change your diet.  In most cases diet is directly related to colon cancer.

–     Increase your fibre intake by consuming more fresh vegetables and fruit (in moderation esp. based on your stage).  This is a much more effective way of getting fibre into your diet than taking supplement powders as these can bind you up even more if you don’t drink plenty of water. The American Cancer Society found that men whit the highest vegetable intake experienced reduced risk.  This would hold true for women as well.

–     Avoid sugars – sugar feeds cancer…of all kinds.  This includes sugars already in processed foods as well especially corn syrup, glucose/fructose and any simple carbs such as white bread, white rice & pasta’s etc.

–     Stop eating processed meats of all kinds

Processing includes smoking, salting, curing and fermenting.  Even if you only eat these types of meats say 3 times a week the effect is accumulative over time.

–     Avoid/limit alcohol consumption-According to drinking 50 g (about 3.5 drinks) of alcohol per day can increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer by1.5 times compared with non-drinkers. Alcohol increases the risk for both men and women, but the effect appears to be stronger for men.

Read more:

Lifestyle Modifications

–     Maintain an ideal body weight – Colorectal cancer appears more often in overweight and obese individuals. Here are a few easy tips to help you get started.

o   Cut down on portion sizes, eat a variety of vegetables and fruit and avoid high-fat foods.

o   Eat at regular intervals throughout the day especially  breakfast every day

o   Track your weight – this helps keep you on track and accountable at least to yourself.

–     Exercise–Exercise helps recovery, reduces the risk of recurrence and patients live longer. This is because exercise helps reduce insulin levels and high levels are strongly associated with an increased risk of cancer. Exercise makes you stronger and fitter and improves mood and reduces fatigue.

–     Quit smoking– Long-term smoking is especially detrimental and increases the relative risk by 1.6-4.5 times for adenoma development.  Smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day increases the chance of having polyps by more than 250%. 

–     Supplements– It’s never too late to start taking supplements; these will help with overall wellness and prevention of recurrence or secondary cancers.

–     Taking a good quality multi-vitamin that is a good place to start.  Most of us don’t eat well enough or the best quality foods to get all the nutrients our bodies need on a daily basis.  The result is that the vast majority of people are seriously deficient in Essential nutrients which cause imbalances in our bodies.

–     High doses of a premium Vitamin C supplement in 1000 mg capsules.  If you’re new to Vitamin C start with 2000 mg a day for 3-4 days and gradually increase to bowel tolerance (loose stools) then back up slightly.

–     A very little know mineral called Selenium is essential to cancer prevention and scientist have recognized a statistically compelling correlation between low soil concentrations of selenium and increased rates of colorectal cancer. The data presented shows that the group with the highest blood selenium levels had a 31 per cent lower cancer risk, and a 45 per cent lowered risk of dying from cancer, when compared to those in the group with the lowest levels (Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2011:CD005195)”.

In closing: Whether you’re at high risk for colon cancer and looking to prevent occurrence or you’ve already dealt with it and now are looking for what you can do to prevent recurrence and increase your overall wellness you can start a program of colon cancer prevention today by taking note of the many studies that validate the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle and supplementation.

For more information contact me at;