The key ingredients to avoiding cancer
Having had ANOTHER good friend pass away last week from cancer and the news over the weekend that Kerri Anne Kennerly now has breast cancer it’s time for people to start taking control of their health and do everything possible to reduce their chances of getting cancer! We cant put up with this anymore! Here are my top 10 ways to fight back and beat cancer before it hits us for six!
- 1. Avoid Fructose and Sugar
It's quite clear that if you want to avoid cancer, or are currently undergoing cancer treatment, you absolutely MUST avoid all forms of sugar -- especially fructose -- and this is largely due to its relation to insulin resistance.
According to Lewis Cantley, director of the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School, as much as 80 percent of all cancers are "driven by either mutations or environmental factors that work to enhance or mimic the effect of insulin on the incipient tumor cells," Gary Taubes reports.
As a recommendation, I strongly recommend keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day (this includes fruit). But for most people it would also be wise to limit your fructose from fruit to 15 grams or less, as you're virtually guaranteed to consume "hidden" sources of fructose if you drink beverages other than water and eat processed food.
2. Optimize Vitamin D
There's overwhelming evidence pointing to the fact that vitamin D deficiency plays a crucial role in cancer development. Researchers within this field have estimated that about 30 percent of cancer deaths -- which amounts to 2 million worldwide and 200,000 in the United States -- could be prevented each year simply by optimizing the vitamin D levels in the general population.
On a personal level, you can decrease your risk of cancer by MORE THAN HALF simply by optimizing your vitamin D levels with sun exposure. And if you are being treated for cancer it is likely that higher blood levels—probably around 80-90 ng/ml—would be beneficial.
If the notion that sun exposure actually prevents cancer is still new to you, I recommend you watch Joseph Mercola’s one-hour vitamin D lecture.
If you are like most people, when you think of reducing your risk of cancer, exercise doesn't immediately come to mind. However, there is some fairly compelling evidence that exercise can slash your risk of cancer. One of the primary ways exercise lowers your risk for cancer is by reducing elevated insulin levels, which creates a low sugar environment that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells.
For example, physically active adults experience about half the incidence of colon cancer as their sedentary counterparts, and women who exercise regularly may reduce their breast cancer risk by 20 to 30 percent compared to those who are inactive.
It's important to include a large variety of techniques in your exercise routine, such as weights, cardio and stretching.
4. Get your headspace right.
Even the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Preventation) states that 85 percent of disease is caused by your emotions. It is likely that this factor may be more important than all the other physical ones listed here, so make sure this is addressed. There are a number of different methods that I like from NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) to EFT ( Emotional Freedom Techniques)
5. Load up on Veggies
Only 25 percent of people eat enough vegetables, so by all means eat as many vegetables as you are comfortable with. Ideally, they should be fresh and organic. Cruciferous vegetables in particular have been identified as having potent anti-cancer properties.
6. Maintain an ideal body weight.
Several studies have explored why being overweight or obese may increase cancer risk and growth.
People who are obese have more fat tissue, which can produce hormones, such as insulin or estrogen, and may cause cancer cells to grow.
7. Get appropriate amounts of high-quality sleep.
According to Brain Behavior Immunology October 2003, having a regular circadian rhythm (sleep) may be necessary in order for your body to defend against cancer, and sleep/wake rhythms that are disrupted due to stress or other issues may promote cancer growth.
Melatonin is an antioxidant that helps to suppress harmful free radicals in the body and slows the production of estrogen, which can activate cancer. When your circadian rhythm is disrupted, your body may produce less melatonin and therefore may have less ability to fight cancer.
Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution.
9. Be careful with technology
Reduce your use of cell phones and other wireless technologies, and implement as many safety strategies as possible if/when you cannot avoid their use. Excessive exposure to radio frequency has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.
10. Raw, boil, poach or steam your foods
Rather than frying or charbroiling your food try and have as much raw food as possible. Raw foods tend to be low in sodium and sugar and high in potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber, vitamin A, and health-promoting antioxidants which help fight against cancer.
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