While most posts on this blog focus on the things that cause illness, we thought it was time to provide some guidance on how one of our biggest fears, cancer, can be avoided. While most of this advice is predictable, it warrants repetition. Scientists seem to be discovering that many of these cancer-fighting strategies are not only good for this purpose, but also for living a healthy life in general.
Eat Healthy Foods
While every health website seems to have its own list of foods that are supposed to fight cancer, the American Institute for Cancer Research has adopted a new strategy known as the “New American Plate.” Rather than focusing on specific foods, the institute recommends that Americans fill their places with two-thirds plant-based foods and no more than one-third animal protein.
If you are interested in learning about specific foods which are thought to combat cancer, you can view WebMD’s slideshow here.
In addition to being good for weight loss, water can also help your body ward off bladder cancer. Water can dilute potential cancer-causing agents in your body. Additionally, drinking more water will increase your frequency of urination, lessening the amount of time harmful substances stay in contact with the lining of the bladder.
Exercise and Maintain a Healthy Weight
Exercise is good for more than simply looking thin. According to the Mayo Clinic, it can also lower the risk of a variety of types of cancers, including breast, prostate, lung, colon, and kidney. Even though January is almost over, try to keep this New Year’s resolution going for a bit longer this year.
Stop Avoiding Regular Check-Ups
Annual check-ups with a primary care physician may seem like a chore, but preventative medicine is a crucial component to living a long and healthy life.
A Few Final (And Very Obvious) Tips
-Minimize your alcohol intake.