Less than 100 years ago, 5% of the population developed cancer. Today, nearly 50% of the population will hear the words “you have cancer” during their lifetime. According to this 2015 study, an estimated 1,658,370 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the US and 589,430 people will die from the disease this year.

Horrible. And it gets worse.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) cancer rates will continue to increase by 57% in the next twenty years.

Devastating!

We cannot treat our way out of this cancer epidemic. We must be more focused on prevention and the things that we can control.One of the most important aspects of avoiding cancer is keeping the immune system strong and creating an environment for our cells that doesn’t allow cancer to grow. Orthomolecular medicine specialist, Dr. Robby Mitchell, explains that cancer cells grow when they’re trying to survive a toxic environment.

Who controls our immune system and the environment in which our cells live?

We do (for the most part).

We are in control of the foods that we eat, the water we drink, and the chemicals we touch. Although we cannot control our environment entirely… there’s so much we can do to reduce our risk of developing cancer. And, our best line of defense is prevention. In my opinion, researchers should be equally as focused on how to PREVENT and understand the CAUSE of cancer as they are in attempting to cure it.

6 strategies to prevent cancer

1. Diet

  • Eat 7 servings of raw, colorful vegetables each day. Vegetables make the body more alkaline, which creates an environment that makes it difficult for cancer to grow.
  • Give up ALL processed sugar. Sugar has been proven to feed cancer cells. Read more about how sugar causes cancer hereherehere and… here!
  • Eliminate food sensitivities. If you’re eating something that’s causing gut inflammation (you may or may not have symptoms), then you’re running your immune system ragged. The easiest way to identify if you’re eating food that is causing gut irritation is to get tested via a simple blood test. I recommend that everybody gets tested.
  • Consume lots of cancer fighting foods like: garlic, berries, tomatoes, cruciferous vegetables, green tea, turmeric, dark greens, herbs and spices, and sweet potatoes.
  • JUICE! Juicing is the easiest and most effective way to provide your body with loads of cancer fighting nutrients.
  • Avoid processed foods like:
    • Packaged meats (bacon, sausage, hot-dogs, and ham). They cause cancer.
    • Foods that come in a bag, box or can.
    • Frozen meals.
    • Fast food.
    • Soda.

2. Exercise

Here are some words of wisdom from MD. Dr Mercola. He says, “there’s really compelling evidence showing that when you sit for excessive lengths of time, disease processes set in that independently raise your mortality risk, even if you eat right, exercise regularly and are very fit.”

A study at the 2015 Inaugural Active Working Summit they found that sitting increases

  • Lung cancer by 54 percent
  • Uterine cancer by 66 percent
  • Colon cancer by 30 percent

Clearly, exercise is a very effective way to prevent cancer. If you have a desk job,try to get up and move every hour or use a stand up desk. This one is my favorite.

3. Sleep

Poor sleep increases the risk of cancer (read more here). Make sure you’re asleep between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am – these are the most regenerative hours of sleep. If you’re missing out on these critical sleeping hours, you can guarantee that your immune system will not be working properly.

4. Avoid toxins, chemicals, and pollutants. 

  • Personal care products like lotion, shampoo, conditioner, makeup,and perfume can be loaded with cancer causing toxins. Here’s a list of toxic ingredients to watch out for:
    • Parabens (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben)
    • Phthalates (found in most plastics)
    • Sulfates (Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate)
    • Fragrance (found in most personal care items)
  • Cleaning products
  • Candles
  • Bug sprays
  • Air fresheners
  • Detergents
  • Sun screens
  • Perfumes

5. Stress management

Stress runs our immune system into the ground and has been shown to increase our risk of developing cancer. Read more about it here.

Here are some ways to decrease the negative impact stress has on our body.

  • Spend 10 minutes each day doing some form of relaxation. It may be breathing, stretching, etc.  It sounds simple, but studies show that relaxation, even just 10 minutes each day, has a huge impact on our overall health.
  • Get a massage :).
  • Be thankful. Gratitude improves physical health. Gratitude reduces toxic emotions like anger and stress. According to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, people who are grateful experience less aches and pains. They also report feeling much healthier than the less grateful folk.  Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, has done many studies on the link between gratitude and wellbeing. His research confirms that gratitude increases feelings of happiness and reduces depression.  It’s the perfect time of year to be thankful! What are YOU thankful for?

6. Boost immune system

  • pickles and sauerkraut. Kombuchais also a great probiotic food source.
  • Optimize vitamin D levels. The majority of Americans are vitamin D deficient. So, its important to check vitamin D levels regularly, via a simple blood test. And keep in mind, the best source of vitamin D is the sun.

So, make a few positive changes today. Maybe it’s eating more cancer fighting foods, exercising more, getting better sleep, or getting rid of the paraben-laden lotion you’ve been using.  Every little bit counts.

Do your best to create a healthy environment for your cells. You are in control of your health and your destiny!

Resources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/27/cancer-rates-rising.aspx