the word cancer and chances are, dire thoughts of affliction and even death
immediately come to mind. Indeed, such "fearful" musing are par for
the course, cancer has gained the reputation of being a very "fatal"
condition. This shouldn't be the case.
there are many ways of lessening the possibility of cancer. One of these is
through changes in diet and lifestyle. Here are a few reminders to keep in mind
and to follow.
fruits and vegetables.
This tip could never be emphasized enough. Although it is drilled into our heads
that eating fruits and vegetables is good; very few actually have a hankering
for them, especially when a hamburger is readily available. Anyway, eating
vitamin and mineral-rich fruits and veggies is surely just the thing for
reducing the risk of cancer. Indeed, some cancers seem to be prevented by a
regular diet of raw fruits and veggies. These include pancreatic cancer, colon
cancer; and, oral and pharyngeal cancer.
the favored veggies include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli. Beans and tomatoes
are also good. The former for reducing the risk of cancer and the latter because
it contains lycopene, which is especially important for protection against
pancreatic and prostatic cancer.
Vitamin A and
C. Some vitamins reduce the risk of cancer. Vitamin A for instance is
said to reduce the risk of lung cancer; while Vitamin C has had a long history
of strengthening the body's immune system against disease.
the foodstuffs rich in Vitamin A include sweet potatoes, green peas, carrots and
mangoes. On the other hand, citrus fruits like oranges and cantaloupes (a
favored fruit this summer!) have high Vitamin C levels.
word of caution regarding the amount of Vitamin C needed by the body. The body
actually needs only a small amount of vitamin C (from 175 to 200 gms.). As such,
it may be best to get one's daily dose of this vitamin through natural means.
It has been noted that the number of colon cancer sufferers can usually be found
in countries highly dependent on refined diets (i.e. highly-processed foods
without much fiber). Indeed, fiber has several benefits such as shortening the
transit of food in the intestines, the absorption of dietary cholesterol, and
reduces sugar absorption among diabetics. It is definitely ideal to include
fiber-rich foods in our daily diet.
from colon cancer, breast cancer seems to be another cancer that fiber seems to
reduce the risk of.
Lastly, it is best to couple the above tips with a reasonable exercise routine
that would guarantee the maintenance of one's ideal weight. Also, one's intake
of fat should be lessened, ideally by 20 percent of total calorie-intake.