Cancer Diet: What is a Cancer Diet and Where Do I Start?

What is a cancer diet? What are some ways get started on a cancer diet? This article offers tips for making healthier choices that will enable your body to work towards healing from within.

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What is a Cancer Diet?

A cancer diet is one that uses a combination of healthy foods and quality targeted nutrition supplements to combat the daily stresses of cancer on the body. A cancer diet can help restore energy, increase oxygen levels, reduce acidity and inflammation, stop weight loss, and support the immune system.

If you are diagnosed with cancer, most of the doctors that you will encounter will not counsel you about changing your lifestyle. They won’t tell you that the food you eat can affect your overall health, and even help your body fight this disease. Many times you will hear that you can eat whatever you want as long as it makes you happy. They will push liquid “nutrition” drinks on you that have enough sugar to rival soda! That is because these doctors are not nutritionists—they were not taught the value of minerals and vitamins and other nutrients have for the overall health of the body.

You need to educate yourself on so-called “alternative” treatments like a cancer diet. A cancer diet does not cure cancer on its own, but it can give your body and your immune system the support they need to take on the rogue cancer cells from within while repairing and rebuilding damaged cells. Not only can the foods you eat and the nutrition supplements you take make your body inhospitable to cancer growth, but they can also improve quality of life by tackling some of the hallmarks of cancer such as low energy, digestion issues, pain, weight loss, and more. There are no guarantees, but the majority of people who make healthy diet a priority experience some benefit through improved quality of life. There will be good days and bad, but keeping a daily journal to chart your experiences can be helpful.

How Do I Start a Cancer Diet?

Get started right away by choosing to eat more healthy alkaline foods like vegetables everyday, and remove all unhealthy foods. For best results, eat a ratio of 70%/30% or 80%/20% of alkaline foods to acidic foods in the diet. Note that because alkaline foods make your body burn fat, you may lose weight eating alkaline foods. If you do not need to lose weight, be sure to get enough quality protein every day. There is no need to totally avoid animal proteins unless you are strictly vegan. Good sources of protein include wild-caught fish, farm-fresh eggs, organic chicken, nuts, and seeds. One of the best plant-based proteins is hemp protein.

Step One: Start Here

Choose the Right Foods

This is definitely the most important part of a cancer diet. Always choose the best quality natural foods, organic, fresh, and local wherever possible. Avoid all foods that can cause systemic inflammation, digestive issues, and acidity. For this reason, you should avoid all processed foods while on a cancer diet. Consume nothing in a bag, box or can. When in doubt go without.

Eat More of These Foods (reduce inflammation, boost immune system)
• Fresh Vegetables
• Fresh Fruits
• Ancient Grains
• Nuts
• Berries
• Lean Plant and Animal Proteins

Avoid These Foods (cause inflammation, suppress immune system)
• Sugar
• Artificial Sweeteners
• Soy Products
• Milk and Dairy Products
• Processed and Prepackaged Foods
• Coffee
• Alcohol
• Tobacco
• Pork
• Whey
• Wheat and Gluten

But What About Sugar in Fruit?
Fruits contain a sugar called fructose. Fructose is a natural sugar. Fruits also contain a lot of fiber which helps slow the absorption of the fructose into the bloodstream. Consumed in moderation, the health benefits of antioxidants in fruits, especially berries, greatly outweighs the consumption of fructose.

What About Carbs?
Many of you have heard that eating carbohydrates can actually fuel your cancer. This may be true if the wrong kind (ie. pastries, processed white breads, or chips). The right kind of carbs, on the other hand, can provide long-lasting healthy energy. The human body needs to maintain weight and energy levels, which are two factors that those dealing with cancer often suffer from to some degree. Examples of healthy carbs include sweet potatoes with skin, brown rice, quinoa, and other ancient grains.

Try the Budwig Diet

In addition to choosing the right foods to eat, a good addition to a cancer diet is The Budwig Diet muesli mix. The Budwig Diet is an anti-cancer treatment based on research into the connection between oxygen and cancer. Johanna Budwig, a German scientist and researcher, said that cancer cells can actually be killed by changing the type of fats in the diet to increase oxygenation. She developed a daily muesli mix, which is a combination of flax seeds and “quark” cheese.

Budwig Diet Muesli Recipe
• 3 Tablespoons Flax Seed Oil
• 2 Tablespoons Ground Flax Seeds (from whole)
• 1 Tablespoon Raw Organic Honey
• 6 Tablespoons Quark Cheese (no substitutes)
• 3 Tablespoons Whole Milk (non-homogenized)

Freshly grind whole flax seeds (never use pre-ground flax seeds). Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Add cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne pepper, or garlic to taste. Or mix with fresh fruits, nuts, or berries. Consume the mixture within 15 minutes of combining. You can also combine the mixture in to a Budwig Smoothie

Helpful Links
Alkaline Foods Chart
pH and an Alkaline Diet
Budwig Diet
Importance of Protein for Cancer Patients
Cancer Prevention Diet

What if I Need More Than a Cancer Diet?

Sometimes a cancer diet on its own is not enough to combat certain cancer side effects. Additional supplement support can help address things like low energy, low appetite, body pain, and weakened immune system. While healthy foods contain a wealth of nutritional components our bodies need, those who have cancer often need more. Eating enough foods to get the right nutrition can be difficult. But with supplements, you can get a concentrated amount of just what you need to address a specific issue.

Step Two: Add These


MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound. Sulfur-containing hot springs and mud baths have been used through the ages to help relieve the pain and inflammation. In studies, MSM has been observed to cross the blood-brain barrier, evenly distributing throughout the brain. MSM is naturally anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.


Colostrum is “life’s first food” and has powerful immune boosting properties. Its purpose is to provide the building block for growth and passive immunity for the newborn; it is the pre-milk, or first milk that is produced by all mammalian mothers immediately following the birth of their young. Colostrum is only produced in the first few days following the birth of the newborn. Colostrum contains the immunoglobulins, growth factors, antibodies, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and other substances designed to provide the gut with the ability to face a lifetime of invasion by micro-organisms and environmental toxins. The best source of supplemental colostrum for humans is bovine colostrum in liposal form. Liposal delivery or LD coats and protects the micron size particles from oxidation, digestion by stomach acids where benefits are destroyed and allows delivery into the gut where it is most beneficial.


Lack of energy and weight loss is a common problem for individuals dealing with cancer. This is because cancer cells ferment glucose, unlike healthy cells which use oxygen, and this very inefficient metabolism wastes a lot of energy. This fermentation process also causes lactic acid to build up. The lactic acid then is transported back to the liver where it can be converted back into glucose for use again. This cycle of energy loss is taxing on the body. ATP is the body’s primary energy storage. If your body can’t make enough ATP to sustain energy levels, an energy deficit and marked tiredness occurs. Ribose is essential for the formation of ATP, and therefore energy, and is used by many athletes. A good Ribose Supplement can help maintain energy and restore depleted energy levels.

Hemp Protein

If you are not getting enough protein in your diet, your body will break down its own muscle and organ tissue to get what it needs. You need to keep your muscles fed so that you don’t lose weight and energy through loss of muscle mass. A good source of concentrated protein is important to help with muscle health and energy levels. Hemp protein is highly recommended as a convenient and nutritious protein supplement. The seeds of the hemp plant are the source of this organic plant-based complete protein and contain all 20 known amino acids, including the 8 essential amino acids necessary for life. Hemp also has important benefits for the immune system because the body can use these amino acids to create important disease-destroying antibodies. Rapid immune system response depends on ready reserves of these crucial antibodies.

Multi-Vitamin Multi-Mineral Supplement

It is essential to take a good multi-mineral and vitamin supplement every day. Comprehensive nutritional support helps your body meet its daily nutritional needs.

How Can I Take It to the Next Level?

Step Three: Do This

Alkalizing minerals used together with a cancer diet can help neutralize excess acids in the body. Active cancer cells create a lot of acid wastes in the body as a result of their inefficient metabolism (ie. they don’t “run clean”). These acids can build up, putting a strain on the system and the body’s normal healthy cells. In addition to neutralizing acids, three alkaline minerals are also known to be able to pass into cancer cells due to their properties—cesium, rubidium, and potassium, according to A. Keith Brewer, PhD. These alkaline minerals are the basis of high pH therapy for cancer treatment.

Mass spectrographic and isotope studies have shown that potassium, rubidium, and especially cesium are most efficiently taken up by cancer cells. The ready uptake of cesium and rubidium by the cancer cells lead the writer to the High pH therapy. The strong electron acceptors Cs+, Rb+, and K+ can be attracted into the membrane so that they will enter the negative potential gradient which exists across all living membranes. The goal of the high pH therapy is the transport of large quantities of Cs+ Rb+ and glucose-free K+ across the membranes of cancer cells. In addition, the presence of Cs and Rb salts in the body fluids neutralizes the acid toxins leaking out of the tumor mass and renders them nontoxic.

BREWER, A. K. The high pH therapy for cancer tests on mice and humans. PHARMACOL BIOCHEM BEHAV 21: Suppl. 1, 1-5. 1984.

Cesium Chloride

Cesium Chloride is a highly alkaline mineral and may be used in conjunction with a cancer diet to increase alkalinity. It is the cornerstone of High pH Therapy. There are some important things to know about supplementing with cesium chloride. Always working with an experienced vendor who offers support, and check with your healthcare provider before starting. Here is a good article to learn more: Is Cesium Chloride Safe?

Rubidium Chloride

Rubidium Chloride is the second important alkaline mineral for High pH Therapy. Due to rubidium chloride’s similarity to cesium chloride, it has some of the same benefits for alkalizing, as well as some of the same cautions.

Potassium Chloride

Potassium Chloride is the third important alkaline mineral for High pH Therapy. Any time cesium chloride or rubidium chloride is used, supplementing with potassium is necessary. Learn more about the symptoms of low potassium levels.

How Do I Know if This is Working?

Step Four: Use These

It is likely that you may feel worse before you feel better. Furthermore, a detox reaction is possible. Common symptoms include flu-like symptoms such as tiredness, achy joints, nausea, and diarrhea. An inflammatory immune system response is also possible if the body’s immune system begins reacting to cancer cells. Some people report experiencing worse side effects than others. Any side effects can depend on the type of cancer, the stage of cancer, and overall health. Drink plenty of fresh vegetable and fruit juices or distilled water to help flush any toxins from the system.

Saliva pH Test

Testing your saliva pH with pH Paper Test Strips is a way of tracking the alkalinity of your body. Saliva pH testing is preferred over urine pH testing because urine is a waste product and will reflect any excess wastes the body is flushing from the system.

Navarro Urine Test

The Navarro Urine Test detects the presence of cancer cells even before signs or symptoms develop and is another tool for monitoring results. Dr. Manuel D. Navarro, a renowned oncologist, developed the test based on the theory that cancer is related to a misplaced trophoblastic cell that become malignant. Dr. Navarro found that cancer cells in all types of cancers, like trophoblastic cells, secrete HCG. As a consequence, a measure of the amount of HCG found in urine can be used as a measure of the degree of malignancy. The higher the number, the greater is the severity of cancer.

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This information is not medical advice and is certainly not intended to replace the advice or attention of your personal physician or other healthcare professional. Therefore, consult your doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or starting a supplement program.

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