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Four Natural Tips to Prevent Cancer

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When it comes to cancer, finding ways to prevent it are just as effective as finding cures. In many cases, preventing cancer is a wiser thing to do. When cancer becomes detectable, your chance of survival is dramatically reduced. This is why preventing cancer is a wiser option. Your lifestyle plays a big role in preventing cancer. By just living a healthy lifestyle, you could reduce your risk of cancer by nearly 50 percent or more.

Here are four natural health tips to prevent cancer:

1. Get your vitamins and minerals from organic plant based foods

Organic foods are grown with strict guidelines and are mostly free of harmful synthetic chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. The agricultural techniques used for growing organic plant based foods allow plants to grow naturally and properly, which are why they have more nutritional value than conventionally grown plant based foods. Unlike most dietary supplements, the vitamins and minerals you receive from consuming fruits and vegetables are accompanied by enzymes, fibers, mineral activators and co-vitamin helpers. These elements are essential for helping your body to utilize vitamins and minerals properly. Without them, some vitamins can become useless or may even be harmful to your body.

2. Get some sun

Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D because your skin needs the energy of sunlight to convert it into vitamin D. This vitamin isn’t commonly found in foods, which is why it is important to go outdoors for 15 to 30 minutes every day. If you live in a cold region where there is a lack of sunlight, you might want to take vitamin D supplements that are extracted from whole food sources. Even better eat organic food that is high in vitamin D.

Vitamin D is essential for immune health. Your immune system is your best defense against cancer. Most of us don’t realize that premature cancer cells occur in our body on a regular basis. The reason why we don’t get cancer when we are healthy is because our natural killer cells (NK cells) find premature cancer cells and destroy them before they become cancerous. As we age, our immune system weakens due to food and environmental toxins and old age. This condition makes it harder for our immune system to kill off premature cancer cells and other harmful microorganism, resulting in an increased risk of cancer.

3. Consume less meat and choose the organic version

Meat is a good source of certain nutrients but it lacks many essential nutrients found in plants. Unfortunately, most meat products are processed and are from animals that are grown in unhealthy environment and with the aid of harmful synthetic chemicals (e.g., artificial growth hormones). To avoid these harmful chemicals, consume meat from animals that are raised on pasture farms that don’t use pesticides and herbicides. Organic meat is also better than conventional meat.

Conventional meat products often contain sodium nitrite, a chemical used to preserve meat. What most of us don’t realize is that sodium nitrite can react with certain chemicals in meat and release nitrosamines, which are chemical compounds that carry a high risk of cancer. In their raw forms, they are used in the manufacture of cosmetics and pesticides. But these same chemicals are produced when sodium nitrite reacts with secondary amines inside your stomach.

4. Find alternatives to refined sugar

Cancer cells thrive on refined sugar so it would be wise to stay away from one of their favorite energy sources. In addition, discard any artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose. Instead, replace refined sugar and artificial sweeteners with stevia and organic honey. When choosing stevia, avoid the heavily processed version. Refined sugar is pure complex carbohydrates. When the body metabolize refined sugar, it breaks down improperly and can form toxic metabolite, such as pyruvic acid. Toxic metabolite can destroy cells by interfering with their respiration process or increase their risk of becoming cancerous.

This article was partially written by Contenta and PL.
Image: Flickr: Image provided by Paul Falardeau
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