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Ways to lower your cancer risk

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When your doctor finally gives a nod that your loved one is having cancer then how do you feel? Shaken and shattered, isn’t it? The only reason, recovery from an aggressive form of cancer is almost impossible…

Throwing some light on the positive side we tell you that you can lower risk of cancer in many possible ways.

Check out how from the next points. 

1. Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke

We all know one of the inevitable consequences of cigarette smoke i.e. lung cancer. Not only active smoking but secondhand smoke perhaps has more dangerous effects in your lungs. So, try to give up smoking as prevent exposing yourself to secondhand smoke if you truly want to lower risk of cancer.


2. Stay no to tobacco products

Tobacco is carcinogenic and all commercial edible products that contain tobacco as the key ingredient are harmful. Nicotine is the carcinogenic element in tobacco which when comes in contact with your mouth regularly can eventually lead to oral cancer. Thus, ban yourself from purchasing those addictive tobacco products.


3. Lose weight if you are obese

Obesity is another risk factor for cancer. Thus, losing at least 5 to 10% of your body weight can lower your risks of having cancer. Your goal should be to maintain healthy weight with proper exercise and diet.


4. Become physically active

Yes, sedentary lifestyle can also push you to having cancer in the long run. Remember, being physically active doesn’t always entail losing weight; it rather improves functioning of your vital organs like brain, lungs, heart, kidneys and liver. If your system is in right balance then certainly risk of this fatal disease is curtailed. 


5. Eat vegetables rich in fibers, antioxidants and vitamins

The more you consume colored vegetables cooked in a healthy way, the better your cells are immune to cancer. Spinach, broccoli, bitter gourd, carrot, beet root, bell pepper, zucchini, kale, etc. are best known for their antioxidant properties – remove toxins and free radicals from your body. Furthermore, fibers protect you from inflammation of colon.


6. Have one fruit or a glass of fresh fruit juice daily

Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and make it a point to have one serving daily. Choose from berries, papaya, apples, oranges, grapefruits, Indian gooseberries or anything that you love to eat if you want to protect your cells from getting damaged by toxins and free radicals.


7. Add herbs and spices in your cuisine

No matter what you eat – soups, salads or casseroles, make it a point to add at least one (or more) herb and spices in them. It could be a hint of cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, garlic or rosemary, oregano, celery, thyme, coriander, etc. All these ingredients are natural anti-carcinogens.


8. Cut back on unhealthy foods

This is must… You need to reduce consumption of unhealthy fats, carbohydrates, sugars and caffeine. Red meat, fast foods, fizzy drinks and caffeinated beverages are never healthy. They lower you immunity, add on to your weight and make you vulnerable to a wide range of cancers.


9. Consume alcohol in moderation

Folks you need to watch out for the pegs you are gulping down every day. Simply put, control your alcohol consumption to preserve your liver from becoming cancerous. One healthy habit is to have a peg of red wine daily because it contains antioxidants.


10. Get yourself  screened

Most people pass out from cancer because they do not get tested early and the disease spreads to a stage where recovery is next to impossible. So why not getting yourself screened for the most prevalent types of cancers like that of breasts, colon, lung, pancreas, prostate, etc.? Consult your doctor for more details.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: September 09, 2014