Preventing Cancer

Each year, approximately 8-10 million people die of cancer world over. Our lifestyles and exposure to various pollutants are the primary causes. Many of these reasons are preventable. If you or someone in your family has a history of cancer, it will pay to take action to prevent the occurrence of the disease. Doing so can significantly reduce your risks. Here are some things you can do.

First, cut your belly fat and overall body fat. Belly fat increases the estrogen in your bloodstream which is linked to colon, pancreas and other cancer forms. Second, avoid eating sugar-laden foods and drink. These cause weight gain. Instead, eat fruits and vegetable that have antioxidants and phytochemicals. Antioxidants help eliminate free radicals. Third, reduce your consumption of red meats (beef, pork, and lamb), especially processed meats which are salted. There is substantial evidence that eating red meat can cause colon cancer. Forth, reduce your consumption of salty foods, especially foods that use salt to help them cook, the kind often served on airlines nowadays. Fifth, do not overdose on supplements. Your predominant form of nutrients should be from natural foods and not synthetic supplements. Overdosing on supplements can result in unwanted consequences that may not have been tested even in laboratory conditions. Finally, avoid exposing yourself to radiation including electric radiation often found in homes.

Regardless what you do, you will still end up with some free radicals. These free radicals are what end up becoming cancerous. Any effort to detoxify your body therefore helps. Fasting on a regular basis is one step in this direction. While fasting your body consumes free radical cells as energy. Also, sweating either through exercise or sitting in a sauna helps eliminate toxins from your body. There is no sure-fire way to prevent cancer, but every little bit helps doesn’t it?


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.