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Ways to Prevent Cancer?
What about Lemons?
Recently there have been emails stating that lemons are a cure for cancer and some claim that lemons are 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. There is simply no scientific evidence to back up these claims. However, lemons may play a role in helping to prevent cancer as they contain several antioxidants that support the immune system.
A serving of fresh lemon juice, which would be 50 g (or slightly less than ¼ cup), contains vitamins A, E and C. This quantity of lemon juice contains over 33 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C.
Additionally, lemons help protect the body cells from free radicals, which cause significant cell damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that interact with oxygen, which in turn reacts with the cell membrane in the DNA within cells. The National Cancer Institute states damaged cells are the first step leading to the development of cancer.
Mark Twain said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it 1000 times.”
Make a Choice to Prevent Cancer
In the U.S. 30 percent of deaths from cancer are due to tobacco usage. There is simply nothing more important for your health then quitting smoking, or better yet, not choosing to begin.
So, why is it so difficult to quit smoking? Nicotine is probably the first answer most people would give, but when a person smokes over an extended period of time they become physically dependent and emotionally addicted to the nicotine. Due to this physical dependence the withdrawal symptoms are not pleasant. In addition, the emotional and mental dependence of this addiction make it hard to stay away from nicotine after you have quit.
There is a diet and exercise plan that covers all the bases—food we should eat and food that tastes good; what is best for our bodies and what is easily doable in the real world—all while offering hunger-free weight loss.
Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle is obviously going to be a better choice, not only for longevity but how you feel every day.
Suggestions for a healthier life:
- Eating a diet that contains a lot of fruit and vegetables
- Cutting out junk food
- Limiting red meat consumption
- Incorporating fish into your diet twice a week
- Take vitamin D pills
Sunshine gives you vitamin D, as do milk products, but many doctors are now recommending taking a daily supplement as people have been tested across the country and they do not have an adequate amount of vitamin D.
Other Important Factors to Prevent Cancer
In addition to a healthy diet, maintaining your weight in a normal range is important, as is being physically active. Physical inactivity is so common, due to jobs that keep you sitting at a desk all day, and many people just do not start a regular exercise program. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers are due to physical inactivity, poor diet and obesity.
Protection from the sun is extremely important also. In 2012 there is an estimated 76,250 new cases of melanoma. Use sunscreen not just at the beach or lake, but use it every day on your face and arms. Wearing a hat is also a good idea.
Women need to get their mammograms, do their monthly breast exams and get a PAP smear every other year.
Limit your alcohol intake.
Get an adequate amount of sleep, at least seven hours nightly.
Smoker with Baby
Unhealthy Environmental Factors
Secondhand smoke is the leading environmental hazard. Secondhandsmokeis actually a mixture of the side-stream smoke (SHS) of a smoldering cigarette along with the mainstream smoke exhaled by the smoker.
SHS contains thousands of chemicals, which include formaldehyde, cyanide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and nicotine, to name just a few. There are at least 250 chemicals in SHS that are known to be toxic and/or cancer-causing agents. There is conclusive evidence that SHS causes premature death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke but are exposed. Children are at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome, middle ear disease, respiratory infections, or severe asthma and slowed loan growth.
Some states have laws that prohibit smoking in a car with children, and other states have laws that prohibit foster parents smoking in their homes with children.
Chemical exposures to pesticides have been linked to certain types of cancers when the patient has had a high exposure. One example would be a farmer who uses pesticide applications and does crop dusting.
The dioxin levels have been declining in the United States over the past 30 years due to regulations, but they are still found in the burning of municipal toxic waste, specific industrial processes, which includes metal smelting and refining, and in paper and pulp bleaching. Some insecticides and herbicides also contain dioxins. However, the most common exposure to dioxins is through the diet particularly from animal fats, including meats, full fat dairy products and fatty fish.
Top 3 Ways to Prevent Cancer
I believe we all want to live a long life and certainly no one wants to get cancer or see a loved one suffer through this disease. There are genetic factors as we know breast cancer and colon cancer can be found in several generations. Making the healthy choices is your best defense against cancer, and the good news is these choices are going to make you feel better each and every day.
Have you made lifestyle changes?
What change was the most difficut to make for better health?
© 2014 Pamela Oglesby