At some point in the last ten years, I became fascinated with living a healthy lifestyle. While I am by no means a perfect model of health (I have a slight blondie addiction), I spent a lot of time reading and learning about what is truly healthy and I incorporate what I learned into my days as much as possible.
When you study healthy living, you consequently learn a lot about what causes cancer and what steps you can take to try and prevent it. Of course, even the healthiest of people can get cancer because there are so many factors that contribute – genetics, the food you ate growing up, what chemicals you might be exposed to and more. But that doesn’t mean we should all give up! Now more than ever we have the knowledge, the science and the tools we need to take measures against getting cancer.
Here’s what I do:
- Eat a variety of vegetables and fruits. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which prevent cancer-causing free radicals from causing damage to our cells. Find a list of common antioxidants at the National Cancer Institute. Have kids? Now’s the time to enforce these healthy habits!
- Wear sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather. That’s easy these days because so many moisturizers, BB Creams and foundations have SPF built right in!
- Read the labels on skincare products. There’s been a lot of news lately on the danger of parabens in skincare products. I like to use the most natural products I can find. Brands like Bare Minerals and Burt’s Bees have nice ingredient lists. Always read the labels and be sure to avoid parabens.
- Exercise. You don’t need to do a lot, you just need to get moving. Not only will a regular exercise routine help your chances against cancer, it also lowers your risk against virtually every single disease that exists. To learn more about this — and find out just how much exerciseyou need — I highly recommend NY Times health columnist Gretchen Reynolds’ book The First 20 Minutes.
- Eat real whole foods and avoid processed, high chemical foods. A good rule of thumb is to stick to foods with five ingredients or fewer, and with ingredients you can actually pronounce. Of course we all indulge every now and again, but the goal is to eat whole foods the majority of the time.
What do you do to try and prevent cancer?