According to the American Institute for Cancer, almost all types of cancer may be prevented. About 60-70% of cancers are preventable through simple dietary and lifestyle changes.
Here Are Several Changes You Can Make in Your Lifestyle and Diet that Can Enhance Your Health and Help You Avoid Toxins That Elevate Your Cancer Risk:
– Avoid Hydrogenated Oils
Trans- fats, also referred to hydrogenated oils, are an artificial food product. Their chemical structure prevents the products from going rancid and elevates their shelf life. Aside from being chemically extracted from their source, they are also used to change the taste and mask the odor of the oils.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, trans-fats contribute to inflammation and immune system over-activity that are associated with diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, to name a few.
– Avoid BPA Lined Cans
BPA is a chemical used in hard plastics and resins to coat metal cans. Lab studies in animals and cells have associated this chemical with infertility, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. In case a canned item isn’t labeled BPA-free, it probably possesses BPA. This toxic chemical can also be found in many dental composites and plastic products.
– Avoid Sports Drinks & Soda
Sports drinks and soda do not have any nutritional value. These beverages possess aspartame, brominated vegetable oil, dyes, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup, which have been associated with a higher cancer risk.
– Avoid Refined Sugars
Consuming too much sugar has been linked to many health problems, like arthritis, immune suppression, obesity, increased blood triglyceride levels, elevated risk of heart disease, low HDL levels, and unhealthy levels of blood fats. What’s more, cancer cells can thrive on sugar, as well.
– Avoid Grilled Meat
PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) are created through some sorts of combustion, like the burning of wood or coal. That’s not all, another problem can arise once fat found in meat drips onto a fire, resulting in smoke and a flare up, thus allowing the PAHs to affix themselves to your food. This can elevate your likelihood of carcinogenic exposure.
– Avoid Processed Foods
Cured meats are packed with nitrates and nitrites, which are preservatives that could, in great concentrations, elevate your likelihood of developing many types of cancer, including stomach cancer. That’s not all, processed foods also contain flavorings, colors, white flours, oils, sugars, etc.
– Avoid Microwave Popcorn
These bags contain PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate), perfluoroalkyls, and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). These chemicals help keep the oil from soaking through the packaging. They may leach into the popcorn when heated as well as they may contaminate your blood when ingested.
Perfluorooctanoic acid has been connected to tumors in animal organs (testicles, liver, mammary glands, and pancreas in rats). Also, PFOA plant workers have been found to be at a higher risk of prostate cancer.
– Avoid Non-Organic Vegetables & Fruits
Non-organic crops are grown with GMO seeds, herbicides, and pesticides, which have been linked to a higher cancer risk.
– Avoid Farmed Fish
It goes without saying that farmed fish possess greater concentrations of chemical pollutants, like PCB’s, compared to wild fish. This chemical pollutant is actually a known carcinogen. Fish are more prone to disease, elevating the need to use antibiotics because of overcrowding in fish farms. What’s more, they are also commonly treated with pesticides as they are prone to sea lice.
– Avoid Smoked and Cured Foods
Nitrites and nitrates serve as preservatives to add color to meats as well as keep food from spoiling. When cooked, these ingredients change into by-products known as N-nitroso compounds, including nitrosamides and nitrosamines. Additionally, N-nitroso compounds are linked to a higher cancer risk. The types of processed meat you should avoid include salami, bacon, beef jerky, prosciutto, sausages, pepperoni, and hot dogs.