If you have been researching cancer diets, chances are you have come across the Gerson therapy. There are some great testimonials and documentaries that support the use of Gerson diet changes. However, for most of my patients, the changes recommended in the Gerson Diet are just way too much for day to day living. I’ve heard patients successful in using Gerson therapy call it a full time job.
Interested in using diet to help your body while fighting cancer, but not ready to go full Gerson? Here are 9 things you can do that have great research and are a bit easier than the Gerson Diet.
Drink 8 ounces of vegetable juice per day.
A little easier than the 13 juices recommended on the Gerson therapy! A study looking at survival rates in women with breast cancer showed that a single glass of vegetable juice daily reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence.
Add 9 servings of fruit and vegetables to your daily diet.
This sounds harder than it really is! Especially if you look at the serving size of a fruit or vegetable. For example, 1 apple is two servings of fruit. You can do this!
Reduce or Eliminate Red Meat.
The link between red meat and cancer keeps getting stronger and stronger. While the studies show that you might be able to get by with 18 ounces of red meat per week without increasing cancer risk, keeping intake to 4 ounces or less per week actually reduces your cancer risk.
Let Go of Dairy.
The protein in dairy known as casein has been linked to increased cancer incidence. If you find it hard to completely let go of dairy, try dairy that’s lower in casein. For example, eat ghee instead of butter. Or drink whole fat milk instead of nonfat milk.
Get Plenty of Fiber.
Eating 30 grams of fiber per day has been shown to reduce cancer risk repeatedly. If you are eating your 9 servings of vegetables and fruit per day, this shouldn’t be too difficult to hit. Need other sources of fiber? Try brown rice, millet, and bulgur. These whole grains are high in fiber.
Lean Towards a Pescatarian Diet.
Eating a diet rich in Omega-3 fats continues to be recommended for reducing risk of cancer. Some dietary sources of Omega-3s are fish. A pescatarian diet can include fish and eggs. You can learn more about the benefits of a pescatarian diet here.
When you have mushrooms in your diet, you can improve immune function and reduce cancer risk. I like to put mushrooms in soups, tea, and stir fry. This allows me to make a broth with the mushrooms. This is important because most of the good, immune supporting chemicals in mushrooms are best extracted in water.
Drink Tea or Coffee.
Depending on what kind of cancer you have or are trying to prevent, coffee or tea might be a good fit. For colon cancer, drinking coffee has been shown to reduce risk of recurrence, whereas for breast cancer, we lean towards green tea. Head and neck cancer seems to react best to black tea. So, the bottom line here is to drink some health-promoting beverages.
Minimize Saturated Fats.
High saturated fat diets have been linked to prostate, breast, colon, pancreatic, and many other cancer types. Dietary sources of saturated fats include dairy in general, all animal meat, and hydrogenated oils.