hormones and cancer

Hormones and Cancer (Get in Balance to Reduce Your Risk)

by Kelley Herring on December 6, 2012

What if you could send a list of requests to your body to keep it healthy? Your list might read : Keep Blood Sugar Stable, Maintain Memory, and Keep Cells Cancer-Free.

The truth is, you can (and do) send these requests to your body… with every bite you take.

Hormones and Cancer: How Your Diet Affects Your Endocrine System

You see, when it comes to cancer, the most established risk factors are related to hormone levels. Hormone levels drive cell division and increase the chances for random DNA copying errors to occur. These errors lead to mutations in genes and promote cancer cell growth.

When it comes to eating, there are two ways your diet influences hormones. 

First, your diet influences insulin levels. By choosing foods that are high on the glycemic index you boost blood sugar levels. When this happens, the hormone insulin rushes in to shuttle the sugar into cells. And high insulin levels promote tumor growth. (That’s why you can fight cancer with a low glycemic diet)

Next, and more obvious, we get hormones from foods containing hormones. That’s why we at Healing Gourmet always recommend you choose organic foods. Not only will your body absorb hormones from meats that have been “fattened” with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) , but also from fruits, veggies and grains treated with pesticides and other chemicals in the environment which are known “hormone-mimics”.

Balance Your Hormones, Reduce Cancer Risk

So, take control! Choose a low-glycemic diet to keep your blood sugar stable and opt for “wild” and organic foods clean of hormones and hormone-mimics to help stay cancer-free. Learn more:


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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

Kelley Herring – who has written posts on Healing Gourmet.

Hormones and Cancer. Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis. http://dir.niehs.nih.gov/dirlmc/horm-rs.htm

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