Scientists and doctors still haven’t been able to zero in on the exact cause of cancer. While studies have helped classify certain compounds responsible for increasing the likelihood of cancer, there is still no consensus on how and why. However, there are certain steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing cancer. While these steps don’t offer any guarantee, they do help in keeping you healthy which, in turn, reduces the chances of getting cancer. Here are 6 things you can do every day to make sure you’re in the pink of health.
1. Eat Whole Foods
If you eat right, food can act like medicine and help heal your body. The human body is better equipped to digest and assimilate real, whole, nutrient-dense plant foods. When it comes to foods, it’s best to turn back time and look at what your grandmother would have cooked for dinner. Go for foods that are colorful because color suggests the presence of natural antioxidants. Stick to high-quality lean protein when having animal products. Another thing you need to watch out for is sugar. The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) every day. Processed foods have more added sugar than you realize because it could be different forms like corn syrup. Also, limit your consumption of foods made from flour or processed grains.
2. Help Your Body To Detox Itself
Your body has a natural and efficient detoxification system. Rather than going for fancy detox diets, all you need to do is help your body do its job. One simple thing you can do is have more high-fiber foods that help your body eliminate waste. This keeps your gut healthy and helps your body expel toxins. Your cells are always detoxifying, and a great way to help that process is by increasing your cruciferous vegetable intake. This group of veggies includes cauliflower, cabbage, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and similar green leafy vegetables.
3. Minimize Exposure To Environmental Toxins
Research has linked bisphenol A (BPA) exposure to breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers. BPA, which still lingers in some canned and plastic containers, is one of many toxins you’re exposed to regularly that wreak hormonal, metabolic, and overall-health havoc. Also, avoid skin and beauty products with parabens. Avoiding toxins completely is almost impossible in today’s age but you can make conscious choices that reduce the amount of toxins that go into your body. Switching to organic foods is another lifestyle change that can reduce your toxin intake.
4. Take Care Of Your Gut
The secret to a healthy body is a healthy gut. There many different things you can do to keep your gut healthy. There are millions of good bacteria in your gut that help break down the food you eat and also keep the bad bacteria and viruses in check. You can support the growth of good bacteria by having probiotic foods like Greek yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi. If your diet does not have enough probiotic foods, you could also look a good quality supplement. Fiber is also an important part of your diet and having 35 grams of fiber daily helps keep the gut clean and healthy. Natural fiber-rich foods include legumes, leafy and cruciferous greens, and nuts and seeds.
5. Reduce Stress
Stress has been known to affect numerous diseases, including cardiovascular disease (CVD), immune and mental disorders. While stress is not directly linked to cancer, it has a negative impact on your health and may lead to cancer. No matter how hectic your life is, you can always squeeze is a few minutes of relaxing activity. It could be meditation, listening to music, or going for a walk. These activities when done regularly help bring down stress levels and keep you centered even in stressful situation.
6. Exercise Regularly
If you want to maintain or achieve a better health status, you just cannot ignore the benefits of regular exercise. According to some studies, less than 5 percent of Americans are actually getting 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Most people think that exercising requires joining a gym or a yoga studio but just 45 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week can improve insulin resistance, help you become leaner, and reduce your cancer risk. That’s all you need to do to create optimal health.