The Plan to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Dr. Kristi Funk, a world-renowned surgical oncologist and doctor to Angelina Jolie shares the simple steps you can take today to reduce your cancer risk in the future.

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Harness the power of your diet to fight back against cancer, with these tips from Dr. Kristi Funk. Rather than seeking out the latest fads and super berries to give you everything you need, she recommends taking the following small steps to incorporate foods into your diet. 

Get More Vitamin D

Optimizing vitamin D levels may help you prevent more than 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast, prostate, and skin cancers. Vitamin D helps your cells stick together, preventing them from reproducing quickly into cancerous cells. Despite all its benefits, vitamin D is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies. To get more vitamin D in your diet, start by eating these vitamin D-rich foods in the morning:

  • Eggs
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Dairy
  • Leafy greens
  • Fortified cereals

Plus, take a daily vitamin D of 1,000 IU a day. Make sure this supplement is D-3. Follow up with spending 12 minutes a day in the sunlight to boost your vitamin D levels.

Make Green Tea Your Go-To Drink

Studies have found that green tea slows or prevents the development of cancer in colon, liver, breast, and prostate cells. It also has a similar effect in lung tissue and skin. In some long-term studies, drinking green tea was associated with lower risks for bladder, stomach, and pancreatic cancer.

There is a chemical in green tea that starves cancer cells — preventing blood from making tumors bigger. Dr. Funk recommends drinking three glasses of green tea each day.

Make Anti-Inflammatory Foods Part of Your Diet

All foods that spring from the ground are rich in vitamins and nutrients that combat toxins and free radicals in your body. Fatty fishes, such as salmon, are also powerful anti-inflammatory foods. Because of high mercury levels, only eat salmon one or two times each week. Here are some recommended anti-inflammatory foods:

  • Dark, leafy greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers,
  • Walnuts
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Whole Grains
  • Curcumin

Don’t forget spices, which are an easy way to turn any food into an anti-inflammatory meal.