Are you aware that less than 10 % of all cancer cases are thought to be related to genetic risk factors. The remainder—90 %—appear to be triggered by lifestyle and environmental factors. Taking control of your Lifestyle can significantly reduce your odds of getting cancer and is way more powerful than simply trying to detect it. This means reducing your toxic intake as much as possible. I certainly don’t want to be living in a bubble, however, there are many things I can do to improve my odds. Today I am going to share with you a few of the cancer prevention things I am doing.
Does this guarantee I’ll never get cancer? No, I do have a strong family history of it. But if I do get it, my body will be better equipped to fight it off!
My Cancer Prevention Lifestyle
Having a cancer prevention lifestyle means seeking out organically-produced items or creating my own. I am talking about food, clothing, cleaning products, personal care products, etc. Because it’s the accumulated exposure from all these varied sources that end up wreaking havoc, it all matters.
Some steps you can take to lower your risk:
- Don’t smoke – I thought I’d start with this one because we have been inindated with it, so just don’t!
- Limit alcohol – Your cancer risk increases with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you’ve been drinking regularly. So, limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day as even small amounts increase risk according to research studies. (You can get the polyphenols and resveratrols from dark skinned grape juice without the negatives.)
- Maintain a healthy weight – There are lots of suggestions on this blog. If you don’t know where to begin, check out my Back to Basics – Steps for a Healthy Body
- Be physically active – This can help you maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps prevent cancer. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a healthy adult should engage in at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (like a brisk walk) or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly, plus strength training at least twice a week. Get some ideas
- Eat healthy – That means lots of fresh (or frozen) fruits, veggies and beans, healthy fats (nuts, seeds, virgin olive oil, virgin organic coconut oil, etc), lean animal products, etc. AND keeping all types of processed food to a bare minimum. Anything high in calories and low in nutrition should be reserved for extra special occasions only.
- Read ingredient labels – It is mind boggling how many artificial and toxic ingredients are in not only our foods, but household and personal care products too. I go for the natural or make it myself. (again lots on this blog) Just because it says ‘Natural” on the front of the bottle doesn’t mean it is – READ!
- Reduce hazard chemical contact – An example: ‘Flame-retardant’ materials which were created and required for our safety but have now proven to be more of a hazard than helpful (removed from children’s pajamas in the 70’s). Get list of offenders HERE
- Get your vitamin D & then cover-up – There is some research showing that vitamin D may help in prevention. As a very general guide, you need to expose about 40 % of your entire body to the sun for approximately 20 minutes when the sun is at its zenith. If you plan to be in the sun longer then use a sunscreen. Some ingredients in the sunscreen may be cancerous. I know a vicious circle so, I make my own. Get the recipe
- Avoid electromagnetic fields – As much as possible, limit your exposure and protect yourself from radiation produced by cell phones, as well as from radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms. In other words, reduce your exposure by having such tests only when absolutely necessary.
- Get enough restorative sleep – Poor sleep can interfere with your melatonin production, which is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and weight gain, both of which can contribute to cancer. Contact me (Kathy@kathyskinner.com) for some essential oil combinations that work wonders to enhance your sleep.
- Learn stress management tools – Stress from all causes is a major contributor to disease. Even the Center for Disease Control states that 85 % of disease is driven by emotional factors. Long deep breathes usually help with the immediate stuff. Yoga, walking, meditation and essential oils can help with immediate and overall. Out the Learn about the Benefits of Walking
- Stay Spiritually connected – There are many researchers who believe that certain beliefs, attitudes, and practices associated with being a spiritual person influence health in a positive way. I personally stay spiritually connected through prayer, meditation, Bible study, worship and regularly meeting with members of my faith based community.
I don’t know if I will get cancer or how long I will live but I can tell you that I am very healthy and have lots of energy to do the things I want. I feel very blessed and wish the same for you!
Sources and References:
Caring.com; Melanie Haiken; cancer.gov; MayoClinic.org; HealthUCSD.edu; ajcn.org; aromaticscience.com; Healthwithfood.org