Are you afraid of cancer? This year, over 1600 Americans will eventually die from the disease.
Scary, that is, if you unaware of the fact that you can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer death by making a few lifestyle changes. Experts in health and nutrition – including a growing number of medical doctors – say that whether or not you end up developing a certain disease is 90% lifestyle, and only 10% genetics. Where do they get these numbers? Health practitioners such as Joel Fuhrman, M.D., have found that the vast majority of their patients who follow their lifestyle advice heal themselves of whatever condition of ill health they find themselves in…including cancer.
So, what are these five tweaks that can dramatically reduce your risk of developing cancer?
Processed foods contain unhealthy amounts of sugar, not to mention incredibly unhealthy types of sugar (high fructose corn syrup); contain numerous synthetic chemicals whose toxic effects on the body are largely unknown – and mostly not put on the food labels; are basement-low in nutrition (the vitamins and minerals that may have been added back are synthetic and therefore next to impossible for your body to absorb); usually contain genetically-modified ingredients, which are known to cause health challenges; and often contain trans-fats, which change the molecular structure of your cells in a bad way.
The best thing you will ever do for your overall health is transition into a whole foods diet. Take baby steps. Eliminate one processed food every week, and replace it with something healthier.
If you are used to eating the Standard American Diet, transitioning into a whole foods diet can be a struggle. For more information on precisely what kind of changes to make, check out my book Simple Diet, Beautiful You.
#2. Reduce stress.
Our cells were designed to thrive in a slightly alkaline environment. (I’m sure this is not the last time you will hear me say that.) Stress produces chemicals in the body that are acidic. This is not harmful to the body if it only happens occasionally, but most of us experience chronic stress, which leads to a cellular environment that is more acidic than is healthy for us.
But it is very healthy for cancer cells, which thrive in an acidic environment!
There are many things you can do to reduce your stress levels, such as:
- getting your finances in order,
- changing the kind of work you do,
- changing your perspective on situations and events,
- socializing regularly with friends,
- taking a nature walk, and
- getting regular exercise.
When you reduce stress, you reduce your cancer risk.
#3. Avoid toxin exposure wherever possible.
Toxins are everywhere: in toothpaste, shampoo, furniture, makeup, household cleaners, even the air you breathe. Many of these toxins are carcinogenic; that is, they facilitate the growth of cancer cells.
While there’s not a lot you can do about the air you breathe outside, you can purifier indoor air with an air purifier. Purify your drinking and shower water, too. Why? Chlorine is carcinogenic. One study of a group of women found that the women in the group who had suffered from breast cancer had high concentrations of chlorine in their breast tissue. Most of the women who had never had breast cancer did not have the chemical in their tissue.
Chemical-free cleaning is easy. Use vinegar wherever you want to kill germs – add lemon essential oil to make it smell better or tea tree oil to increase its deadly effects – and use baking soda wherever you need to clean up grime.
Plain old bar soap and water is great, too, if you don’t mind rinsing.
#4. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
This will be easy to do once you eliminate processed foods, because you have to substitute good stuff for the bad you are taking out of your diet.
One reason to eat more fruits and vegetables in the nutrition. Eating a large salad with three or four colorful vegetables added to it, plus a few servings of fruit as desserts or snacks, adds a nice range of trace minerals, vitamin C, and other nutrients that a processed food eater doesn’t get.
Another reason is the fiber. There are several types of cancer related to the digestive tract, including the dreaded colon cancer, and several studies have concluded that a high-fiber diet that keeps that tract cleaned out dramatically reduces the risk of digestion-related cancers.
Adding fruits and vegetables also increases your antioxidant consumption. Antioxidants are substances that fight against the free radical cells in your body. Although many of these free radicals are natural by-products of your body’s metabolism, many more result from the toxin exposure and stress we all experience every single day.
Antioxidants are critical to neutralize or eradicate free radical cells. But our world is so toxic and so stressful, even the antioxidants that healthy eaters get from their diet is often not enough – especially if you are genetically prone to cancer. The average person is walking around with an overabundance of free radical cells in his body, more than the body can take care of on its own.
That leads me to the last anti-cancer lifestyle tweak…
#5. Consume an antioxidant supplement.
A high-quality (not all of them are) antioxidant supplement will pack a much higher antioxidant punch than most people can (or will) put into their diets. It’s not easy to sit down and have five cups of a variety of berries every day, plus a bunch of dark, leafy greens with a couple of apples or bunches of grapes thrown in.
But it’s incredibly easy to down an ounce of a concentrated juice – especially for picky eaters. When you can find an antioxidant supplement that provides a wide range of naturally-occurring vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals to boot, you find a life-giving product that not only can protect against cancer, but also improve your overall health and well-being.
I talk more about the supplement that my family uses and loves on this page.
I’ve heard people tell me that it’s “too hard” to get the crap out of their diet, or that making a certain change is “too expensive.”
But if you are afraid of cancer, let me say this: Cancer is a darned expensive disease to have, and as for making any kind of change in any area of life, is it ever easy? But if you can die an old person without any pain or fear of leaving your loved ones with a pile of medical bills, don’t you think it’s worth it?