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Cancer Prevention Habits

by | Feb 23, 2022 | Acupuncture, Health

Practicing Cancer prevention habits may help prevent you from developing cancer. Read on to find simple lifestyle changes that may help you avoid cancer with helpful treatments from Dr. Cook.

Avoid Tobacco

Any tobacco product puts you at risk of developing cancer. Smoking tobacco puts you at risk from many types of cancer. Even if you don’t smoke, second-hand exposure may also cause you to develop cancer. You can ask Dr. Cook for help with the withdrawal symptoms to ensure you can quit smoking.

Avoid Drinking Alcohol

Drinking alcohol excessively increases your risk of developing cancer. Your larynx, esophagus, and mouth may develop cancer if you drink constantly.

Keep an exercise routine

Physical activity may reduce your risk of developing many types of cancer. You may not lose weight when exercising consistently, but you can still get its cancer prevention benefits.

You should try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week. Brisk walking and riding a bike for 30 minutes a day will help you stay healthy. 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week can also work. Activities like running and swimming count as vigorous aerobic activity and can help you stay healthy.

Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet does not guarantee foolproof cancer prevention, but it may lower the risk of your developing cancer.

Vegetables and raw fruits have the highest concentrations of minerals and vitamins. These nutrients may prevent cancer cells from forming.

Adding spices for flavor is a good way to get a boost for your immune system. Ginger and garlic have nutrients that can help your body fight cancer. You can also use basil and Turmeric for your casseroles and salads.

Avoid cooking in high heat when using oils in your cooking. Cook in heat less than 240 degrees to stop the fats or oils from turning carcinogenic. Try boiling and baking your food for a healthier meal.

Barbecue carefully because charring or burning your meat creates substances that cause cancer. Be sure to not overcook your meat by making sure your heat is not too hot.

Shield Yourself from the Sun

A lot of people get skin cancer because of sun exposure. Sun exposure might not seem a problem to you for the most part, but your skin damage will pile up. The constant damage to your skin may cause you to develop skin cancer if you don’t take proper care of your skin.

Here are tips to avoid skin cancer

Midday sun is when the sun’s rays are at their strongest, which is around 10 a.m to 4p.m. Stay away from the sun during these times to avoid getting skin cancer.

Use the shade when you are outdoors to shield yourself from the sun. Wear broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses for additional protection for yourself from the sun.

Cover your skin by wearing loose-fitting long sleeve clothes made of cotton or linen.

Wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 even during cloudy days to protect your skin.

Tanning beds and sun lamps are just as damaging as the sun, so avoid them.

There are plenty of other things you can do to shield yourself from the sun, and the examples above are there to get you started.

Get regular checkups

You need to get regular medical checkups to screen for the different types of cancer. Many types of cancer such as cervix, breast, and skin are survivable with early detection and treatment. Go to your doctor and ask about regular cancer screenings to help you come up with a schedule.

How Dr. Cook can help

Diet

Dr. Cook knows many different foods and types of nutrients that can help your body maintain its strength. She knows what vitamins and minerals are in the foods, and she can recommend meal plans that will help you recover from your health condition.

Herbs

Herbs give you access to a multitude of health benefits. Using them may provide nutrients and natural chemicals, and compounds that may inhibit the growth of cancer.

Turmeric

It is the yellow curry powder that may prevent cancer cells from growing or slowing down their growth. You should mix olive oil and black pepper with Turmeric to increase its effectiveness. Try adding it to soups, stews, and sauces for a healthier meal.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne has capsaicin, a powerful antioxidant that helps with inflammation. It may help purge your body of harmful substances that may cause cancer. The Beta-Carotene content of Cayenne has also been known to be toxic to cancer cells.

Oregano

Oregano is known to be one of the richest sources of antioxidants for herbs. It may help kill cancer cells via cell death and slow cancer cells from growing. You can marinate your meat with Oregano for a healthier meal. Oregano can also be used in sauces for flavoring.

Tea

Drinking tea is one of the best ways to take herbs. Certain teas may help inhibit the growth of cancer.

Green and Oolong tea have compounds that may inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Ginger tea contains a rich amount of antioxidants that may neutralize harmful cancer-causing substances.

Orange tea contains a lot of vitamin C, which may strengthen your immune system enough to fight cancer cells.

All of the herbs and teas listed here are only samples, you still need to consult Dr. Cook to find what herbs and teas that will help your specific condition. Dr. Cook will also instruct you in the proper ways of preparing herbs to ensure you get the most out of your treatments.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is not known to help prevent cancer but is helpful when you are receiving cancer treatment. Acupuncture can help relieve the symptoms of chemotherapy such as:

1. Vomiting
2. Xerostomia
3. Hot flash
4. Joint pain

In conclusion, practicing certain habits can help you avoid cancer. Dr. Cook is ready to guide you to a healthier life to help you live longer with a better quality of life.

Call now to set up an appointment and learn how to live healthily.

 

 

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