- Eat a Healthy Diet – A healthy diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, quality protein, and good fats. Buy organic produce when it is possible because organic produce will likely be free of pesticides and other contaminants that may cause cancer. Also limit your intake of sugar and processed foods.
- Get Plenty of Rest – Rest is something that is often overlooked in our busy society. Many of us opt to replace rest with recreation or work. However, a lack of sleep has been shown to contribute to decreased immune function. 1 2 Be sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. You can also rest during the day if you feel it is necessary.
- Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol – As you may already know: there are numerous studies that have linked both of these substances to numerous types of cancers. Also, it is well-known that both alcohol and tobacco are addictive. If you cannot moderate these substances, it may be best to avoid them completely.
- Get Your Vitamin D – There have been many studies linked to a vitamin D deficiency and certain types of cancers. 3 4 5 Moderate sun exposure is one method of getting this prohormone-like nutrient. However, you may also want to consider vitamin D supplementation; especially if you don’t live in a sunny climate. We offer a Liquid Vitamin D Supplement which is easy to take.
- Take a Multivitamin – It may be a good idea to take a multivitamin supplement to avoid nutrient deficiencies; especially in times of a poor diet and/or stress. Nutrient deficiences may be involved in a variety of different health problems, including cancer. Our Polyphytogenic Complete Mind Body System is our most complete multivitamin formula, containing a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients.
- Think Anti-inflammatory – Another key in reducing your risk of cancer involves controlling inflammation. As we stated in a previous newsletter, inflammation at the appropriate time is a good thing. However, too much chronic inflammation can increase your risk of developing many different diseases, including cancer. 6 7 Click here to learn more about inflammation.
- Get rid of Viruses – Did you know that certain viruses have been associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancer? 8 9 Could it be that all viruses increase the risk of developing cancer?
- Exercise Regularly – Exercise should be an important part of your healthy lifestyle. It is no surprise that people who exercise in regularly have a reduced risk of developing most types of cancer. 10 If you are just starting to exercise: start slow and be sure to consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
- Take Antioxidants – Taking a wide variety of antioxidants might be a very good insurance policy against developing cancer. Studies have shown that antioxidants can prevent and slow the progression of cancer. 11 One antioxidant that has shown promise in cancer prevention and treatment is Coenzyme Q10. 12 We offer a Liquid Coenzyme Q10 that absorbs easily. Click here to learn more about antioxidants.
- Exercise Your Inner Peace – This aspect of holistic health is sometimes overlooked, but it can be a very important to your health and well being. Prayer, meditation, yoga and deep breathing are all excellent ways to exercise your inner peace. Studies have shown that meditation produced positive results among cancer patients who practiced it regularly. 13
- Sleeping to fuel the immune system: mammalian sleep and resistance to parasites. BMC Evolutionary Biology.
- Can Better Sleep Mean Catching Fewer Colds? Denise Mann. WebMD.
- Low Vitamin D Linked to Breast Cancer. Bill Hendrick. WebMD.
- Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention: Strengths and Limits of the Evidence. National Cancer Institute.
- Vitamin D Cancer Link Revealed: Could Popping a Pill Cut Cancer Risk? David W Freeman. CBS News.
- Inflammation and cancer. Coussens LM, Werb Z. PubMed Central: National Institutes of Health.
- Why Cancer and Inflammation? Seth Rakoff-Nahoum. PubMed Central: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine.
- Slide 32: Examples of Human Cancer Viruses. National Cancer Institute.
- Viruses, Part 6: A Look at the Role of Viruses in Cancer. About.com: Biology.
- Physical Activity and Cancer National Cancer Institute.
- Antioxidants and Cancer Prevention: Fact Sheet. National Cancer Institute.
- Coenzyme Q10. National Cancer Institute.
- Meditation. American Cancer Society.