I used to, as well, but let me tell you about what I have learned.
According to the American Cancer Society, a projected 1,658,370 people will be diagnosed with cancer in the year 2015. With numbers like this, it’s easy to wonder if you’ll become a statistic, as well.
Despite these odds, however, developing cancer is not inevitable, even if you have a genetic predisposition.
Here are 4 easy things you can do right now to avoid cancer:
1. Get More Sleep
If you forgo sleep in an effort to pack in one more episode of your favorite show or work on just one more project, you’re increasing your risk of cancer. Several studies have linked sleep deprivation to abnormal immune system response.
Furthermore, melatonin, a hormone produced during sleep, is believed to have antioxidant properties that protect against cellular damage. So if you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t get enough exposure to this healing antioxidant.
- One study suggested that the risk of prostate cancer development increased twofold in men with insomnia.
- Another study calculated a fifty percent increase in the development of colorectal cancer in those sleeping less than six hours each night.
- A 2012 study linked a more aggressive form of breast cancer to chronic sleep deprivation in women.
If you’re having difficulty sleeping, consider adding a chelated magnesium supplement to your diet. Magnesium maintains proper nervous system function and helps treat anxiety and insomnia naturally.
In addition, try a progressive relaxation technique: When you get into bed tonight, tighten and relax each muscle group to help your body differentiate between tension and relaxation.
For example, tighten the muscles in your face and hold for 10 seconds. Release. Next, tighten the muscles in your neck and hold for 10 seconds. Release. Continue down your body until you either fall asleep or reach your toes, whichever comes first.
2. Supercharge your Immune System
Cancer can’t take hold in your body if your immune system is able to identify the rogue cells and destroy them. However, for many of us as we age, our bodies aren’t as adept at this identification as they used to be.
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3. Eat More Broccoli
Another easy thing you can do right now to avoid cancer is eat more broccoli.
Broccoli contains glucosinolates, which are broken down to form anticancer compounds such as Indole-3-carbinol (an indole) and sulforaphane.
Studies have shown that the consumption of Brassica vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts), is associated with a decreased risk of lung, stomach, colon, and rectal cancer.
The chemical compounds contained in broccoli have been shown to:
- Inhibit tumor blood vessel formation and tumor cell migration
- Induce the spontaneous death of cancer cells
- Inactivate environmental carcinogens
- Prevent chronic infection and inflammation
- Protect cells from DNA damage
Not a big broccoli fan? You can always find a way to sneak it into your diet. Dip cut broccoli into hummus, add some to a stir fry, tuck it into a creamy casserole, or slip it in some soup.
4. Green Your Home to Avoid Cancer
If you are like most Americans, you breathe, eat, drink, and bathe in cancer-causing chemicals every day.
Here is just a short list of what you’re exposing yourself to:
- Benzene – Benzene is an industrial solvent that has been linked to breast cancer, lymphatic cancer, blood stem cell cancer, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Benzene can be found in insect spray, rubber cement, adhesive removers, and lacquer thinners.
- Bisphenol A (BPA) – BPA is an endocrine disruptor that has been associated with the development of breast and prostate cancer. This chemical is commonly found in plastic bottles, food can linings, and retail receipts.
- Formaldehyde – Formaldehyde, used in the embalming process, has been shown to cause nasal cancer in laboratory animals and both leukemia and nasopharyngeal cancer in humans. This chemical can be found in dozens of products including glue, adhesives, caulk, laundry detergent, and body wash.
- Benzyl Acetate – This chemical, usually found in fabric softener, air freshener, soap, perfume, aftershave, hairspray, and deodorant, has been linked to the development of prostate cancer.
Taking careful inventory of the products in your home can help you prevent cancer. Eliminate as many artificial chemicals as possible, and replace them with non-toxic alternatives.
Castile soap can be used to clean your home, body, hair, and laundry. Baking soda is an excellent natural scrubbing and whitening agent. Lemon juice disinfects and adds a nice shine to brass, copper, and chrome.
Essential oils can be used in place of perfume and air freshener. The next time you do laundry, roll some tin foil into a ball and put it in your dryer as the clothes tumble around. You’ll have static-free clothes with no added chemicals (plus, it’s cheaper than dryer sheets).
Even making minor changes to your lifestyle and environment can have a big impact on your health. These tips will not only help you avoid cancer, they will improve your quality of life.
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