Obesity Raises Our Risk of Cancer
Obesity can raise your risk of cancer in many ways. Some cancers, especially breast and endometrial cancer, are sensitive to the female sex hormone estrogen, and fat cells produce an excess of this hormone.
This is why obesity in young children obesity is a a grave concern. By carrying excess weight and excess estrogen for many years, if not decades, they are at a heightened risk for cancer as adults.
Obesity is also associated with elevated inflammation levels in your body, which can contribute to cancer growth. One of the Key reasons why nutritional ketosis works so well against cancer is because it drives your inflammation down to almost nothing.
A high-sugar diet, which tends to pack on weight, feeds cancer by providing cancer cells with their preferred fuel. A healthy high-fat diet, on the other hand, tends to discourage cancer growth, as cancer cells lack the metabolic flexibility to use ketones derived from fat as fuel.
It is likely that obesity represents an indirect marker for the true cause of the problem that contributes to both obesity and cancer, namely insulin resistance, which is also associated with leptin resistance and activation of the mTOR pathway.
By lowering blood sugar levels and normalizing insulin receptor sensitivity, exercise has a similar effect, as this too creates an environment less conducive to cancer growth.
Obesity is the result of inappropriate lifestyle choices and the US government has done a very poor job at disseminating accurate information about diet and health.
It’s one thing for corporations to put out misleading ads. But it is another when the government falls in line with for-profit deception and becomes a propagator of corporate propaganda, this is what has happened world wide.
The conventional recommendations that drive public health in the wrong direction include the advice to:
- Cut calories: Not all calories are created equal, and counting calories will not help you lose weight if you’re consuming calories from unhealthy sources.
- Choose no- or low-calorie foods: Substances like Splenda (sucralose) and Equal or Nutrasweet (aspartame) may have Zero calories, but the human body is not fooled.
- Snack throughout the day to keep your blood sugar even: Research suggests this constant grazing adapts your body to burn sugar as its primary fuel, which down-regulates enzymes that utilize and burn stored fat.
Biologically, the body is not designed to run optimally when continuously fed, and studies show peak fasting yields significant health benefits that go beyond mere weight loss.
So, if you have to snack regularly, do it within the restricted eating window of 6 to 8 hours.
When you do intermittent (peak) fasting, the resulting metabolic changes stimulate a natural cleansing process known as autophagy, or mitophagy in the case of mitochondrial autophagy, in which your body detoxifies and rids itself of damaged cells that may contribute to disease, including cancer.
Another mechanism by which peak fasting benefits your health is by stimulating your mitochondria to work more efficiently.
Peak fasting helps activate your mitochondria and promote their healthy function, and you simply cannot be healthy unless your mitochondria are functioning well, so:
- Avoid saturated fat: The myth that saturated fat causes heart disease began as little more than a scientifically unsupported marketing strategy for Crisco in the late 40’s.
For optimal health, most people actually need anywhere from 50 to 80% of their diet as healthy fats, examples of which include Organic, pastured egg yolks, raw nuts, avocados, coconut oil, MCT oil and real butter.
Note that the hings that are healthy for you do not address just 1 issue, they have multiple benefits. This in contrast to drugs, where a synthetic chemical forces your body to respond in a particular way, which can have very adverse effects.
When it comes to healthy diet and lifestyle strategies such as exercise, one benefit feeds into another, which feeds into a 3rd, and so.
For example, swapping processed foods for real, minimally processed foods will not only aid weight loss efforts, it will also supply your body with nutrients it needs to optimize immune function and ward off disease.
The same can be said for intermittent fasting. By paying careful attention to the timing of your meals, you can improve your weight and cut the risk of serious diseases like cancer.
When looking at strategies that help keep you healthy, 1 of the common denominators running through all of them is that they promote mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are tiny organelles, originally thought to be derived from bacteria.
Red blood cells and skin cells have very little to none, while germ cells have 100,000, but most cells have one to 2,000 of them. They’re the primary source of energy production in the form of ATP for your body.
Since mitochondrial function is core to optimizing your health, optimizing mitochondrial function, and preventing mitochondrial dysfunction by making sure you get all the right nutrients and precursors your mitochondria need, is extremely important for disease prevention, including cancer.
In fact, 1 of the universal characteristics of cancer cells is they have serious mitochondrial dysfunction with radically decreased numbers of functional mitochondria.
Charles Murray, CEO of Sarasota-based Penta5 USA notes: “Many health and diet experts in their meal recommendations tell us to consume at least 8 glasses of water a day. Several Japanese studies have proved that drinking hydrogen water stimulates energy metabolism as measured by oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production. They found Hydrogen water (H3) consumption suppresses obesity and weight gain by acting as an anti-inflammatory. So why not hydrate and help reduce obesity by including hydrogen water in your daily drinking regimen. Think H3 or Health, Hydration and Hydrogen water daily.”
So, know that nutrition and lifestyle can have such a significant impact on the risk of cancer.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively.