Healthy habits and cancer-fighting foods can seriously lower the risk of getting cancer. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle including diet, exercise and avoidance of tobacco product, you can build up a great defense line against cancer as well as other diseases.
#1 – Filter your tap water
Filtered tap water will reduce your exposure to known carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals, which means less chances to getting cancer, as it is safer than bottled water. It is also recommended to store water in glass or stainless steel instead of plastic bottles, to avoid chemical contaminants.
#2 – Stop topping your tank
If the fuel is carelessly spilled, it can foil the pump’s vapor recovery system, which is made to keep toxic chemicals out of the air. Thus they can come in contact with your skin or get into your lungs.
#3 – Marinate meat first
Processed meats can contain cancer-causing elements (heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) , which form when meat is seared at high temperatures. It is better to cut down on grilled meat, and if you can’t do without grilling, try to soak meat in thyme or rosemary (antioxidant-rich spices) for no less than one hour before cooking.
#4 – Caffeine. Every. Day.
Coffee lovers will be happy to hear that, a British study announced that people who drank up to 5 cups of coffee every day, had 40% decreased risk of brain cancer. In comparison with those who drank the least. The every day coffee habit can also reduce risks of throat and oral cancer. It was declared that coffee is even a stronger protector against cancer than tea.
#5 – Water down your risk
Drinking a lot but not too much water, as well as other liquids, can decrease the risk of bladder cancer by helping to flush them through the bladder faster. Try to drink up to 8 cups of liquids a day.
#6 – Load up on dark-green greens
When you’re making a salad, reach for the dark-green varieties. The element that provides them with that color is loaded with magnesium, which is highly necessary for the body’s cells, and can lower the risk of colon cancer in women. Include the dark-green greens in your daily diet, for example, spinach, it can provide 20% of the magnesium’s daily value.
#7 – Snack on Brazil nuts
They are a good source of selenium, an antioxidant that reduces the risk of bladder cancer in women. People with high blood levels of selenium have lower chances of dying of colorectal cancer and lung cancer. This antioxidant protects cells from damage and may enhance immune function.
#8 – Burn off your risk
A modest exercise of 2 hours walking per week, cuts 18% risk of breast cancer. Regular workouts will get you to burn all fat which produces estrogen, a main contributor to breast cancer. You can either walk few days a week, find your ideal workout program at home, or go to gym.
#9 – Skip the dry cleaner
Traditional dry cleaning may cause liver and kidney cancers, because they use a solvent known as perc. The major dangers are actually to workers who handle chemicals and clothes using older machines. There are many better alternatives like hand-wash clothes and air-dry them.
#10 – Ask about breast density
Women’s mammograms that reveal breast density readings of 75% or more, are exposed to breast cancer risk 4 to 5 times higher than women with low density readings. The main cause of denser breasts is probably higher levels of estrogen, which brings us back to the importance of exercise.
#11 – Head off cell phone risks
Try to use your phone only for texts and short calls, or use a hands-free device, to keep the radio frequency energy it emits away from your brain. There’s no evidence though that phones increase risk of brain cancer, but the point is to preempt any risk more than to protect against a proven danger.
#12 – Block cancer with color
The right choice of your outfit may help protect you against skin cancer. Spanish scientists claimed that blue and red fabrics give better protection than white and yellow ones. Don’t forget to put on your hat, it can also protect against the sun’s UV rays. Melanoma can show up anywhere on the human body but it’s more likely to appear in areas the sun hits.
#13 – Pick a doctor with a past
Reading mammograms requires a whole lot of experience, the more years, the more doctors are accurate at interpreting images and less likely to give false positives. Ask about your radiologist’s past and if they regularly check a high number of mammograms.
#14 – Eat clean foods
By clean food, I mean food that is free of antibiotics and added hormones, which are suspected of causing cancer. Same thing for clean fruits and veggies grown without pesticides, and remember to properly wash your food to remove any residues.
#15 – Do a folic acid check
Vitamin B is essential for women to prevent birth defect, but is a double-edged sword when we talk about cancer risk. Too much or too little is never a good idea. You should also rethink your multivitamin, and don’t consume plenty of cereal and fortified foods. Individual supplements such as Calcium and Vitamin D, might be a wiser choice for women who aren’t thinking about having children.
#16 – Up your calcium intake
Calcium help protect your from colon cancer, people who regularly take calcium will gain a certain decrease in the development of new precancerous colon polyps. According to Medical School researchers, the ideal daily amount of calcium is 1,200mg. Calcium is not only found in milk, you can get your daily amount from fat-free milk and yogurt, or low-fat cheese.
#17 – Commit to whole grains
Whole wheat is always a better choice than white wheat. To prove it, let’s say you eat a lot of stuff with a high glycemic load, then you may run greater risk of colorectal cancer than if you eat food with a low glycemic load. The problem lies in eating all white, bread, pasta, potatoes…
Unlike white wheat, the whole wheat is low on glycemic and high in fiber. You should switch to whole grains once for all.
#18 – Pay attention to pain
You must see a doctor as soon as you have a bloated belly, pelvic pain, and a crucial need to urinate. If these symptoms are frequent and serious, it may be a sign of ovarian cancer. Many people ignore their pain until they face deadly consequences. Therefore, you must always know where the pain is coming from and try to understand and care about your own body.
#19 – Avoid unnecessary scans
As a great diagnostic tool, CT scans drop much more radiations than x-rays and might be overused. High doses of radiation can lead to leukimia. And if you’re seeing more than one doctor, always make sure not to be exposed to repeated scans.
#20 – Drop 10 pounds
Obesity or overweight is held responsible for so many cancer deaths among men and women. For women, losing the unhealthy pounds reduces the hormones production, the thing that can protect against breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer. Also, gaining 10 pounds or more after the age of 30 boosts your risk of developing these cancers.
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