10. Feel Good
Various psychological tests proved over and over that cancer can appear due to our state of mind. This means that, at the end of the day, even the most extreme physical health just isn’t sufficient. Certain psychologists believe that cancer is the body’s own self-destruction mechanism. The fact that cancer and other terminal illnesses were successfully treated with placebo is also present. People who often experience stress and have low self-esteem or depression bear a high cancer risk. Both the physical and mental factor is part of this statistic.
Persistent stress means that the nervous system is suffering constant damage, which thus reduces overall health. On the other hand, various minor mental conditions imply that the brain doesn’t function properly. For example, people with depression mostly have insomnia as well.
This is because their brain doesn’t secrete enough serotonin and melatonin – the sleep and happiness hormones. While a hormone deficiency in itself won’t cause you cancer, it will impair other parts of your body. When we don’t get enough sleep, our heart suffers damage. This may further cause complications such as blood clots, and that poses a serious health risk. Cancer can then develop the complications that follow.
Above is just one example of how mental issues can cause cancer, but rest assured there are many other. Disease will always follow disease, so health needs to be ubiquitous in order to ensure a long life. In conclusion, a healthy mind and a healthy body are the biggest possible shield against cancer.
11. Calcium intake is important
We all know the basics of why calcium is important in our diets as we need it to keep our bones and teeth strong. Strong bones are vital in supporting our skeletal structures. Calcium is also vital in your cells ability to signal, it assists in our blood clotting, gives our muscles the ability to contract and assists with all our nerve functions.
There is not a 100% clarity of the exact mechanics by which calcium helps reduce the risk of colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon), but research has shown on a biochemical level, calcium allows our bile acids to bind and for fatty acids in our gut to form insoluble connectors known as calcium soaps. These “soaps” help prevent cell damage in the lining of our colons and stimulates cell production which repairs any damage found in the gut.
Calcium also directly reduces cell proliferation in our colon lining assisting in any damage being done to our colons and to prevent “bad” cells growth. The average person under fifty needs about 1000mg of calcium a day, but if you are over fifty you need to increase that to 1200 mg per day.
Many follow a diet of no dairy (one of the highest calcium-rich foods) and may have to use supplements to get their required calcium. If you fall into this category – don’t buy the cheapest one on the shelf – take a look at the actual amount of calcium contained in each pill and see how many you may need to take in a day to keep your calcium level above the prescribed daily does. Calcium-rich foods are also; Bok Choy, broccoli, kale, sardines or watercress.
12. Get your “caffeine” fix
That hot dark and magic beverage that we all love so much can actually help you. Well, its been proven that is you drink at least 5 cups a day you will reduce your risk of brain cancer by at least 40%. A recent study in the United Kingdom revealed these statistics. If you are having five cups of coffee a day this caffeine potion will also markedly reduce your risk of both mouth and throat cancer. Caffeine has been proving to be more combative than tea. If you only drink decaf then it is time to switch as it has been clinically proven that decaf coffee has no effect at all.
Have you ever noticed that when the whiff of freshly brewed coffee wafts past you a sense of calm and happiness coves over you? Could this have benefits too? When we are happy our brain releases serotonin; commonly known as our happy hormone. Could this constant feeling of happiness and the drinking of coffee combination be a combined fighting force against preventing cancers?
Caffeine has also shown positive results in uterine cancer. Females drinking more than 2 cups of coffee in a day have a lesser chance of getting this form of cancer. There are also very positive results in prostate cancer by caffeine drinkers reducing their risk by 60%.
Remember to also eat and drink well. A healthy and balanced diet is vital. If you love your coffee but currently have sugar in it. It’s time to cut the sugar out completely as it has absolutely no health benefit to you and just accounts for 20% of our daily calorie intake. Just cut it out.
13. Get rid of anger
Many may say that releasing anger will help reduce your risk of getting cancer. Many more will say this is utter nonsense, but either way, holding on to anger is never good for you. Everything begins and ends on a cellular level in our bodies and when we suppress emotions like hatred, resentment, anger or grief we create a toxic space in our cells.
When we suppress these emotions it increases our stress levels and when our stress levels are increased our bodies produce a hormone called Cortisol. When our Cortisol levels are constantly high this reduces our body’s immune system and its ability to fight off infections. In a recent study, it was found that the common thread between 160 women all suffering from breast cancer was anger.
When we suppress emotions it affects many things in our lives; one of them being our sleep and this reduces our body’s ability to produce Melatonin, which is needed for the inhibition of cancer cell growth and is also needed to regulate our immune system. Learn how to express your emotions and let them go. Here are a few beneficial guidelines to get you going (if these don’t work perhaps find a therapist to work with to help you deal with these emotions).
Think before you speak. Take a few deep breathes before you express yourself. You could even just turn around and go for a walk. This allows you times to think about what just happened that made you angry. It also gets your body moving which produces Serotonin our body’s happy hormone. More Serotonin means less Cortisol, which means our immune systems, are less compromised.
14. Go Brazilian with greens and beet
Natural products grown free from pesticides of GMO’s also go a long way in boosting our immune systems and giving us the strength to fight off cancers. Let’s take a look at a few options (yes we have already covered eating healthy) that are really beneficial to our systems. Brazil nuts are highly rich in selenium which has been proven to kill the unhealthy cells in our bodies. Just two Brazil nuts a day will give your body 200 micrograms of selenium daily. Surely you could have just 2 a day. Certainly, the benefits outweigh your taste buds (for those who don’t like nuts).
Garlic contains high levels of allyl sulfur compounds that are used to stimulate our immune system. Easy to consume, just mix a bit into your food and you will hardly even notice it. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Bok Choy consumed at least once a week will help reduce the risk of kidney cancer.
Onions and shallots have powerful antioxidants and compounds that prevent cell growth. If you are not mad about having onion breath you can then rather eat; scallions, chives or Vidalia onions. If you do like onions but not the onion breathe then just eat a bit of parsley with it. This removes the strong onion breathe. Works well for garlic breathe as well.
Beetroot with its rich red colors comes with a serious cancer-fighting antioxidant known as Betalain. This powerful fighter is formidable in its actions in our systems. They actually starve tumors and slow down the cell divisions. Researchers have proved that if you add beets to your daily diet you reduce your risk of cancer.
15. Don’t get taken by the cleaners
Many may think that the Dry Cleaners that so many of us make use of on a weekly basis has nothing to do with cancer. Well, you would be wrong. The process of dry cleaning clothes is just that DRY, they do not use water to clean the clothing items. Your clothes are soaked with perc to clean it.
Many of these cleaners use the chemical Perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene (commonly just know as perc). This chemical has been proven to cause both kidney and liver damage due to the constant breathing in or being exposed to this chemical against our skins. Remember everything that goes through our bodies goes through our cleansing filters i.e. kidneys and liver.
When buying new clothes, or going through your existing wardrobe to find something to wear avoid purchasing or wearing items that can only be dry cleaned and rather opt for clothing that can be washed in your own washing machine at home or even by hand.
If you do have items that need dry cleaning then when you collect them from the cleaners remove the clothing items from the plastic bags they come back from the laundry in and hang them in a place in your home for a while (preferably close to an open window) where they can naturally aerate. By allowing your dry cleaned items to aerate you are allowing the perc to naturally dissipate into the air and be blown away. The US is one of the countries that still use Perc in many of their dry cleaners, whilst many other countries have opted for newer machines that do a great job without using perc.