small_12950163334Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of unhealthy cells in your body and thrives in an environment that is deprived of oxygen. This means if you are eating acidic foods, drinking inadequate amounts of water, smoking, drinking alcohol excessively, and not exercising, you are making yourself more susceptible to cancer cell growth.


 

Dietary Modifications:

There are things we can do proactively to prevent cancer and keep our bodies as healthy as possible. The very first and most important thing is diet! Eating a more plant-based diet containing alkaline foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables is very helpful in keeping the body healthy. You want to avoid acidic foods such as grain-fed red meats, dairy, gluten, alcohol, and coffee. When choosing produce, organic, local, and non-GMO is best. You want to avoid putting GMO’s and chemicals in your body.

You may also want to consider doing a detox or a cleanse once or twice a year. Juicing is an excellent way to cleanse your body and is something that can be done daily. Raw juices have enzymes and nutrients in them that provide your cells with the fuel they need to stay healthy. When making juice, it is important to keep in mind to use more green leafy vegetables than fruit. You want your juice to be approximately 80% green leafy vegetables and 20% fruit. Talk to your Naturopathic Doctor and see what cleanse or detox would be right for you.

Skin Care:

It is important to know what you are applying to your body. Your skin is the largest organ and anything you put on it will get absorbed into your body. Be mindful when choosing lotions and body washes for your skin. You want to avoid harsh chemicals like parabens.

Cell Phone Use:

There’s been a lot of buzz around electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices such as cell phones. There is no definitive evidence to link cell phones to cancer, but it is always best to be safe since cell phones emit low levels of radiation. Keep your phone away from your body as much as possible. Put the phone on speaker or use a headset (preferably not Bluetooth) while in use. Do not use your cell phone when the battery is low.

Smoking Cessation:

Smoking is the Number One cause of preventable deaths worldwide.  It increases the risk of dying from many different types of cancers, including cancer of the lungs,  pancreas, larynx, esophagus, liver, blood, stomach, colon, and cervix.   The message is simple:  Stop smoking!

Exercise and Stress Management:

Exercise is also important to get the nutrients and oxygen flowing throughout your body and delivering them to your cells. We live in a busy world, which is very demanding of our time. Remember to practice stress management techniques like meditation, Tai Chi, guided imagery, visualization, exercise, and time for yourself to do the things you enjoy. Using these few simple tips can help you stay healthier from the inside out!
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