Cancer Diet- The Role of Fibre
By Marilyn Bennett
This article in the series on Cancer Diet explores the
importance of fibre.
Fibre's role in the body is to assist in the timely expulsion of
waste matter from the bowel. If this waste matter stays
put for too long, the body starts to reabsorb the antigens
and toxins from the bowel bacteria through the gut wall.
One of the easiest ways to tell if you are getting enough
fibre is to inspect your stools. Sounds most unsavoury, I
know, but all you need to do is see whether they float or
sink in the toilet. If they are floating you are getting
enough fibre, if they sink you are not.
The reason a good cancer diet will address the need for
good elimination is that as the body fights the cancer it
produces even more waste matter. This puts a very heavy
load on the elimination systems. If the bowels are clogged
up as well, then the body struggles under a highly toxic
load. This in turn takes much needed resources away from
healing functions. Of course, if the patient is also having
chemotherapy treatment, good elimination is even more
In a well managed cancer diet, there will already be a good
proportion of raw foods, particularly fruits and vegetables.
These raw foods are one of the best sources of natural
Other much touted remedies such as psyllium husks can be
very helpful, but it is preferable to get your fibre directly
from your foods, which also contain other elements such as
enzymes that help digestion.
Water is also absolutely critical for good bowel function,
assisting in the flushing of the bulk material and the toxins
that accumulate there. Absolutely no point in upping the
fibre content then depriving the body of water so that it all
becomes a big plug!
Many medications can cause constipation so be on the
lookout for this side effect when starting any new ones.
Also high levels of calcium and low thyroid hormones can play
havoc, so if you continue having constipation after increasing
your fibre and water content, make a beeline for your
doctor. Constipation has far too many negative side-effects
to allow it to continue too long.
Just a quick PS - every cancer diet should include pears, as
they are full of fibre, water and highly nutritious to boot. If
you are constipated, a full ripe pear on an empty stomach
first thing in the morning followed by a glass of water has a
very good chance of doing the trick!
About the Author
Marilyn Bennett's partner Glenn was declared cancer-free after 11 months using a nutritional approach. They are now on a mission to "spread the word" re the many things they discovered we can all do to fight cancer. Please visit www.cancer-einfo.com
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