There but one disease that stands above all others as a scourge that has afflicted each and every one of us in some way.
That disease, in its many malicious forms and extensions, is cancer.
It’s causes are many, and rarely are they hereditary.
According to Cancer.gov, “Overall, inherited mutations are thought to play a role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancer.”
Though some claim that cancer is purely a product of misfortune and faulty genes, scientific research has ascertained that this is not the case. Which is great!
With the wealth of knowledge already available and extensive amount of research still taking place, cancer prevention is an easier feat to accomplish now than ever before.
Today, I’m teaching you how to say no to cancer. One step at a time.
The (Very) Basic Science of Cancer
A tumor may form due to a number of factors, but all are united by one sole cause. Cell damage.
Something, whether internal or external, causes a cell’s DNA to sustain damage.
This damage may cause a cell to behave abnormally. It might stop responding to antigrowth signals, become immortal or spread without inhibition.
All of these cause the cell to divide uncontrollably. This, in essence, is cancer.
So how can we prevent this from happening?
Free Radicals, Antioxidants and Berries
Little particles known as free radicals can wreak havoc on our bodies if left to run riot.
Without delving too deeply into the physics here, a free radical is simply an atom that is missing an electron.
To make up for this missing electron, it steals an electron from another atom, which makes up for its stolen electron by stealing from another atom, and so on.
Burnt food, radiation and junk food all add free radicals to your body.
Other foods that increase free radicals include:
- Anything cooked at high temperatures (particularly meats and unsaturated oils - kept cold, though, unsaturated oils like olive oil are incredibly healthy and free from radicals).
- Processed foods
- Microwaved food
- Herbicides and pesticides
When consumed, these radicals initiate a cascade of electron-stealing action, resulting in DNA damage, illness and, in the long-term, cancer.
How can we stop this damage from occurring?
It’s simple. Reduce your free radical intake and consume more antioxidants.
Antioxidants, found in many fruits and vegetables, freely ‘give away’ an electron to free radical particles, neutralizing them and rendering them harmless.
The more antioxidants you consume, the better protected your body is from oxidative stress.
Antioxidant sources include:
- Vitamin E, found in: sunflower seeds, almond, broccoli, spinach, soybeans, mango, tomato
- Vitamin C, found in: red pepper, orange, green pepper, broccoli, strawberries, tomato juice
- Beta carotene, found in: sweet potato, spinach, carrot, pepper, apricot, broccoli
Steer Clear of Radiation
Radiation is energy that is transmitted in the form of waves.
In its many frequencies, radiation can range from being innocuous to deadly depending on its wavelength.
The nuclear disaster of Chernobyl, Russia, for instance, led to mass-leakage of high-frequency radiation, resulting in anatomical mutations, cancer, and large-scale death.
High frequencies of radiation are considered ionizing.
Ionizing rays will remove electrons from any atoms that they come into contact with, forming free radicals.
As we discussed earlier, free radicals, unopposed by antioxidants, have the potential to cause serious damage to our internal environment, often leading to cancer.
For that reason, if we wish to minimize cancer risk, we should limit our radiation exposure.
Here are some ways to do this:
- Pass up on CT scans. CT scans are known to produce dangerous amounts of radiation. Opt for MRI or thermal imaging scans to cut your risk.
- Limit cell phone usage. Mobile phones constantly emit radiation, endlessly searching for signal, WiFi and staying connected to radio towers. If you’re carrying your phone on you, keep it in airplane mode. Never hold a phone directly to your head, either. Use speakerphone or airtube headphones.
- Steer clear of radio towers, power lines and generators. These are huge sources of radiation. When choosing a new place of residence, ensure that it is far from these constructions.
Be Active and Healthy
One of the most beneficial lifestyle changes a person can make, second only to quitting smoking, is implementing daily exercise into their routine.
Simply walking for thirty minutes a day or engaging in light-moderate exercise will keep your heart healthy and your organs functioning well.
Physical activity also helps to move food through the bowels, lowering the time that harmful substances found in processed foods come into contact with our organs.
According to Livestrong, “even without changing your lifestyle in other ways, you can bring down your risk of cancer by almost 10 percent by maintaining a normal body weight.”
Incorporating regular exercise into your day, limiting your intake of processed foods and increasing the amounts of fruits and vegetables in your diet is an incredibly effective way to minimize your cancer risk.