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Reducing the Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Mar 9, 2017 by Lulu Jensen

Eating a healthy and nutritional diet is important to reducing the risk of many diseases, including colorectal cancer. The best way for your loved ones to get the nutrients they need is through eating foods rather than taking supplements. When preparing meals for reducing colorectal cancer risk it is important to make sure it is low in saturated fats, but high in other important nutrients.

Diet
Before making any changes to your loved ones' diet make sure they consult their physician.

  • Antioxidants:
    Antioxidants fight against oxidation in the body which can contribute to infections. When eating foods high in antioxidants, the body’s immune system may be strengthened, helping to fight off bacteria and diseases, including those that can cause cancer. Some antioxidants that help reduce colorectal cancer risk include beta-carotene and selenium. Foods that are high in these nutrients include mushrooms, whole grains, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
  • Folic acid:
    Folic acid keeps red blood cells healthy, which is essential for repairing and forming new cells in the body. Low levels of folic acid can cause changes in the chemicals that affect DNA, which can cause cancer, which is why it is important to intake folic acid through food. Foods that are high in folic acid include dark leafy greens, broccoli, citrus, and avocados.
  • Calcium:
    Calcium and vitamin D provide your body with strong and healthy bones. But they also have cancer fighting nutrients in them to keep your loved ones healthy. Foods that are high in calcium or vitamin D include milk, yogurt, egg yolks, sardine, and chicken livers. Plus spending 30 minutes a day in the sun can give your loved ones some healthy exercise and their daily dose of Vitamin D.
  • Fiber:
    Fiber is the main ingredient that promotes overall digestive health. It is important to have a fiber rich diet to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Foods that are high in fiber include berries, artichokes, black beans, and flax seeds.

When you can’t be there for your loved ones in the Anchorage area, our Comfort Keepers® can provide them with in-home care services. From meal preparation to assistance with shopping our caregivers provide your loved ones with the essentials they need for living a safe, healthy, and independent life.

For more information regarding our in-home care services call us at (907) 885-0186 or click here.

References
https://www.cancer.gov/types/colorectal/patient/colorectal-prevention-pdq
http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/guide/eating-prevent-cancer

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