Alkaline diet therapy does not help fight cancer
A strong aircraft engineer, Ahmad Chucky (45), is keen on various athletics. Due to his work relationship, he has to fly to Abu Dhabi, Japan, and other overseas countries. His life is very busy and fulfilling. He also loves a variety of local and western cuisines, especially fatty and juicy beef. No matter if he goes out for meals or cooks himself, he will use beef and other cuisines to comfort himself and his family.
He never thought he would be stared at the ill. Until December 2014, he began to feel constipation and gastrointestinal symptoms. The symptoms lasted for two months, but he took it seriously and continued to work and exercise.
He soon discovered that there was “blood in the stool” after the exercise. He still ignored it and continued to work non-stop and with the plan at hand. He didn’t drag his tired body to the doctor until symptoms of blood in the stool and pain aggravated.
After a doctor’s examination, he confirmed that he had colorectal cancer. He needed to remove 10 cm of the cancerous bowel. After the operation, he had to carry an intestinal ostomy bag for life.
After this incident, he learned the importance of a balanced diet to prevent cancer. After all, no single food or a diet can achieve the effect of preventing and curing cancer.
The secret recipe for healthy eating
Most sources are unknown and unfounded
“Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in Malaysia, and good eating habits can help prevent colorectal cancer and reduce the risk of cancer. However, when asked what a” good diet “is, most patients first go online to check. With access to tens of millions of data, not many people know how to distinguish the authenticity of these data.
Many sources of unknown or untrue information can cause misleading, confusing, and many unnecessary concerns, and patients who believe that they are doing the same may receive ineffective nutrition as a result.
There are various diets on the market claiming to be quite effective in preventing or treating cancer. Unfortunately, most of them have no scientific basis. Before the people implement these diets, it is necessary to clarify and avoid damage to health.
For example, “alkaline diet therapy” is said to reduce the risk of cancer and treat cancer, and classifies foods as acidic and alkaline foods. For example, meat and alcoholic beverages are acidic foods, and vegetables and fruits are alkaline foods.
◎ Vegetables are acidic and cannot “alkaliate” the body
I do n’t understand why vegetables and fruits are classified as alkaline foods, because the pH value of vegetables and fruits is 4.5 to 7, which is acidic when tested with a pH tester. It is impossible to study the origin of alkaline diet therapy. What standard classifies food as acid.
We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for the human body. This is mainly because fruits and vegetables have a lot of fiber, not because fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods or “alkalize” the body, and fruits and vegetables have other vitamins and minerals to help maintain the body. health.
In addition, the pH values of our bodies are different. If people know that the pH values of various parts of the human body are different and will be adjusted automatically, they will not believe in alkaline diet therapy without a scientific basis. ”
Myth 1: Once you have cancer, you must quit sugar completely.
Fact: Every time people talk about “sugar”, people will think of grains of white sugar (sucrose), but sugar is actually present in various natural foods.
Carbohydrates are also a type of sugar. Many foods such as rice and potatoes are metabolized by the body to form glucose. The body needs sugar as energy, and rejecting sugar completely is the same as rejecting carbohydrates and other nutrients and minerals in food.
At present, no research has proven that eating sugar can cause cancer cells to develop more rapidly, and no research has proven that you can get rid of cancer without sugar at all.
Ingesting only a small amount of sugar does not have a great impact on health. Ingesting a large amount of sugar indirectly increases the risk of cancer. This is mainly because high-sugar foods contain high calories but low nutritional content. Excessive intake will lead to obesity and cancer risk.
What we can do is reduce the intake of added sugar. The average daily amount of added sugar should not exceed 4 to 6 teaspoons. If you have diabetes or other health problems, you can reduce the intake of added sugar.
Myth 2: Cancer cells love acidic environments and cannot survive in favored environments. Therefore, eating more alkaline foods and building an alkaline constitution can reduce the risk of cancer and even cure cancer.
Fact: The pH value (acid value) of the body is different, for example, the stomach is acidic (pH1-3.5), mainly because of the relationship between gastric secretions, which helps digest food eaten into the body. The intestines are slightly alkaline (pH 7.5-8), helping the body absorb nutrients from digested food.
The pH of other parts such as urine is 4.5 to 8, and the blood is 7.4 to 7.45. The basic balance of these pH values is strictly regulated by a complex system to ensure that it stays in a healthy range, even if it is partial or acidic. Food, the body also adjusts.
Once the pH value of the body part is abnormal, for example, the blood pH value is not in the healthy range, it may be urgently sent to the hospital for examination and treatment. No scientific research has confirmed that alkaline diet therapy can bring benefits of reducing cancer risk or treating cancer.
Myth 3: Eating red meat can cause cancer. To prevent cancer, red meat is completely untouchable.
Fact: Red meat means beef, pork or lamb. Studies have shown that ingesting more than 500 grams of cooked red meat per week can increase the risk of colorectal cancer, so we must limit our intake of red meat.
This is mainly because red meat contains heme iron, which destroys intestinal cells and catalyzes the body’s release of carcinogens. In addition, red meat can produce heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic amines (PCAs) carcinogenic compounds once cooked at high temperatures.
In any case, we don’t need to quit red meat completely. Instead, we can reduce the red meat intake or replace it with other protein-rich fish, chicken, and eggs.
Myth 4: Taking health supplements can reduce cancer risk.
Fact: According to current research, only a few studies have shown that health supplements can reduce the risk of disease. Conversely, excessive intake of health supplements can increase the risk of cancer.
At present, only studies have shown that taking calcium tablets can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. However, we still encourage people to consume the calcium required by natural foods. It is recommended that adults aged 19 to 50 years can be supplemented with 1000 mg of calcium per day, and those over 50 years old can be supplemented with 1200 mg per day.
Excessive calcium supplementation, whether through natural foods or supplements, can also affect health and increase the risk of prostate cancer.
Myth 5: Having colorectal cancer has nothing to do with being lean.
Fact: Studies have confirmed that excessive body fat and abdominal obesity can cause colorectal cancer. Therefore, maintaining a good weight and shape is essential. The daily diet should be based on the intake of fiber-rich natural foods. In addition to helping control weight, research has also confirmed that a high-fiber diet can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.