The likelihood of your getting cancer is relatively low, that is, if you maintain a healthy lifestyle. After all, as many as 70% of known causes of cancer can be avoided and are related to how you live your life. While diet and exercise are huge lines of defense in stopping cancer, research has shown that many small things can help you avoid cancer as well.
Try these 11 small strategies to help you cut your risk of cancer even more!
Filter Your Tap Water – Water is the ideal drink, but you could be exposing yourself to suspected carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals. Avoid this by filtering your tap water at home. Try, also, to avoid bottled water when you can. The quality of water isn’t as high as filtered tap water; in fact, in many cases, the quality is worse that that of municipal sources.
Don’t Top Off Your Car’s Tank – Do you ever try to get your dollar amounts even at the gas station by squeezing out a few extra pumps of gas in your tank? Sure, it’s nice to be able to pay a nice even number of money, but it causes way more harm than good, especially for your car. Pumping after the nozzle clicks off can spill fuel and foil the pump’s vapor recovery system, which is designed to keep toxic chemicals like benzene out of the air. These toxins can come into contact with your skin or get into your lungs if they get out, so just stop after the nozzle clicks off.
Drink Plenty of Water – Sure, water is flavorless and, dare we say, boring, but drinking plenty of it every day can reduce your risk of getting bladder cancer since it dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine. Plus, drinking plenty of water will help you flush out any bacteria that might be present in the bladder more frequently. Make it your goal to drink at least 8 cups of water each day.
Load Up on Dark Greens – Not all salads are created as equals. The next time you enjoy a salad, choose dark greens. The chlorophyll that gives them their rich color is chock full of magnesium, and many studies have found that magnesium lowers the risk of colon cancer in women. Even ½ a cup of cooked spinach provides 75 mg of magnesium, which is 20% of your daily intake, so load those dark greens up on your plate!
Get Up and Get Moving – Moderate exercise such as speed-walking for 2 hours every week can lower your risk of breast cancer by 18%, and regular workouts may lower your risks by helping you burn fat. Fat produces its own estrogen, which is a known contributor to breast cancer. So lace up your workout shoes, get up, and get moving!
Put The Phone Down – Though evidence that cell phones increase one’s risk for brain cancer is neither consistent nor conclusive, a number of other studies have suggested that there is a link between the two. Use your cell phone just for short phone calls and texts, or try using a hands-free device to keep the phone and the radio frequency energy that it emits away from your head. You’ll preempt any risk more than protect yourself against proven danger, but it’s better safe than sorry!
Be Choosy With Colors – Did you know that your outdoor outfit may help protect you against skin cancer? In research done by a Spanish group, they found that blue and red fabrics offered significantly better protection against the sun’s UV rays than white and yellow. And it’s not just about the color of your clothes – don’t forget your hat either (and, of course, your sunscreen!).
Eat Clean – Remember, you are what you eat! Purchase meat that is free of antibiotics and added hormones, and buy produce grown without pesticides. Be sure to wash your produce thoroughly to remove residues, especially celery, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and apples. They are the produce with the most pesticides!
Increase Your Calcium Intake – The calcium present in milk doesn’t just keep your bones strong; it might also help protect you from colon cancer. In one study, those who took calcium faithfully for 4 years had a 36% reduction in the development of new precancerous colon polyps 5 years after the study was concluded. These people consumed 1200 mg of calcium each day. Get the same amount of calcium in 3 8-oz glasses of fat-free milk, along with an 8-ounce serving of yogurt or a 2-3 once serving of low-fat cheese every day.
Drop 10 Pounds – Being overweight (BMI between 25 and 29.9) or obese (BMI 30 and over) accounts for 20% of all cancer deaths in women and 14% in men, the American Cancer Society notes. Losing even just 10 pounds can cut your chances of getting certain types of cancer such as breast, cervical, pancreatic and others quite drastically. Make it your goal to slim down to a healthy BMI, even if it’s just 10 pounds at a time.
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