Diet and Lifestyle Strategies to Combat or Help Prevent Breast Cancer
Strategy 1 – Drink water with lemons/limes
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2009, I read every book written by cancer “survivors’ who had successfully overcome the disease. What I discovered was that there were many common elements in their diet and lifestyle changes. I compiled these strategies in my book, A Teacher’s Journey…What Breast Cancer Taught Me, but more importantly, I try to follow these healthy habits in my daily life. Some are easy to implement; some maybe a bit challenging.
So join me on a 31 day journey to a healthier life. Try to at least follow the recommended strategy for each day, and if you’re willing, keep adding the strategies until you’ve adopted them all - or at least a few. We’ll start off slow with the easiest habits to adopt and build to the most difficult. Whatever you decide, if you take any of them as permanent habits, you’ll be healthier for it.
Today’s tip is simple and something we hear all the time. Drink lots and lots of filtered water. The critical twist is to add slices of organic lemons and limes to it. Water is the best internal cleanser and cancer hates the alkaline environment created by adding lemons and limes to your water.
From NaturalNews, “A glass of warm lemon or lime water first thing in the morning is surprisingly helpful in several ways. This Yogic or Ayurvedic ritual is primarily for stimulating digestion and eliminating ama, the Ayurvedic term for toxic slime that builds up in the gastro-intestinal or GI tract. This ritual has even more health benefits.”
To learn more, visit: http://www.naturalnews.com/033383_lemon_juice_digestion.html#ixzz27xUiXx2A
Many sources recommend drinking it warm, but any way is better than not. I take a large BPA free water bottle and fill it with filtered water at night. I add several slices of organic lemons and limes and place it in the frig before I go to bed. Then during the day while I’m running errands or working, I can easily take it with me. I keep refilling it throughout the day using the same fruit slices. In the evening I discard the fruit, rinse the bottle and start all over.
Lemon/lime water has several benefits including purifying the liver, helping with digestion (restaurants offer lemon water for this reason), maintaining a high body pH (alkalizing effect), is high in magnesium and potassium and helps the body eliminate toxic waste. All these wonderful things can happen by drinking a simple glass of water. Drinking water before meals also helps your brain send signals to your stomach that you are satisfied with less food. Who knows…you may even lose a few pounds.
So…for today, it’s pretty simple. Drink at least 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water. While you’re at it, supercharge it with lemons and limes.
This post was an excerpt from Judy Medeiros Fitzgerald’s book, A Teacher's Journey...What Breast Cancer Taught Me.
If you wish to buy the book, go to: http://sisters4prevention.com