October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Vegetarian Awareness Month! Two major events highlighting the body and the important role our nutrition and awareness plays into prevention and maintaining our health.
According to experts at the American Cancer Society, to maintain optimal health women should eat a plant-based diet that is rich in phytochemicals to beat carcinogens and to fight inflammation. In essence, the more wholesome, vegan foods we eat, the healthier our body will be.
In a recent study conducted by Gary Meadows, a professor at Washington State University, he found that there are more than 40 plant-based compounds that can turn on genes that slow the spread of cancer.
“More recently we’ve started to focus on the cancer in its environment. And the environment, your whole body as an environment, is really important in whether or not that cancer will spread,” Meadows said.
This is an important find, as it has already been well documented that as many as one-third of common types of cancer are linked to excess weight and inactivity, often the result of an animal-based food diet heavy in cholesterol, concentrated protein, hormones, and saturated fat.
As it turns out, the most effective way to support Breast Cancer Awareness may not be to go pink, but to go green!