Monday, March 21, 2011

Preventing Colon Cancer - Healthy Lifestyle

Risk Factors You Can't Control:

-Age - most individuals are older than 50
-Polyps or inflammatory bowel disease
-Family history of colorectal cancer
-History of ovarian and breast cancer

Risk Factors You Can Control:

Some factors that raise the risk of colorectal cancer are within your control

-Smoking and drinking alcohol
-Being overweight ( excess fat around the waist)
-Lack of exercise
-Diet high in processed foods, red meat or heavily cooked meats

A diet high in refined foods, alcohol, processed foods and unhealty fats have been linked to increase risk of DISEASE.

Adopt A Healthier Dietary Lifestyle:  Prevent cancer with good nutrition

At lease half of all cancers can be prevented through lifestyle choices

Eat All The Colors Of The Rainbow: 

Antioxidants have been touted as cancer fighters!

Studies have shown that the benefits of antioxidants reduce the incidences of cancer including other diseases in the body. The prefix "anti" means against in opposition to, or corrective in nature. Oxidants are commonly known as "free radical"

Antioxidants are compounds such as Vitamin A, C and E as well as beta carotene.  They inhibit oxidation in the body, they act as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease.

These nutrients are commonly found in fruits and vegetables. Those high in antioxidants have BOLD appealing colors, some include oranges, red peppers, tomatoes, carrots and spinach.

Red: Tomatoes, peppers, cranberries, raspberries, apples, strawberries,pomegranates
Orange: Carrots, pumpkins, oranges, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, peaches, apricots, mango
Yellow: Squash, corn, lemons, banana, grapefruit, pineapple, peppers
Green: Cabbage, limes, spinach, kale, rapini, avocado, pears, zucchini, broccoli, honeydew
Purple: Blueberries, blackberries, currants, beets, red cabbage, eggplant

Fruits and vegetables, are high in vitamins and fiber, antioxidant and phytonutrients.

Sea Vegetable: kelp, kombu etc - Healthy immune function, minerals
Microalgae: spirulina, chlorella - High protein, minerals, phytonutrients
Healthy Oils: flax, olive,  - Healthy heart, skin, nails, brain and more
Seeds: seasame, hemp, chia, pumpkin,- Healthy oils, high fiber and antioxidants

Nike - "JUST DO IT!"

"For adults, it is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity on three - five days of the week, 45-60 minutes is preferable.

Exercise gets your body moving, which helps move the waste in your body. This is because exercise stimulates peristalsis, a wave-like muscular contraction that helps push waste through the colon.

The colon acts as a sewage plant. It recycles the materials your body can use and stores the waste for disposal. The longer waste sits in the colon or rectum, the longer toxic materials have to leach out of the solidifying stool and back into your tissues. Exercise gets your body moving, which helps move the waste in your body."

More Information to come

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