There are a lot of terrible things that can happen to us. Every day I am thankful when I make it through the day without a major catastrophe for me or someone I hold dear. In the past year I have two close friends who have been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Cancer is so scary; mostly because the treatments are so awful and the odds on full recovery are pretty terrible.
Further, the advice on what to do to stay healthy and make our bodies strong seems daunting, and sometimes even contradictory. So I wanted to write this article on easy-to-follow things you can do to help your body stay healthy. I am not going to preach radical changes, just simple things you can do and implement for you and your whole family that will help you lead a healthier life.
Here are my EASY cancer prevention tips:
1. Get a minimum of 6 hours of sleep every night. This is something you have complete control over. 6 hours each night is a minimum; 7 to 8 hours is better. The amount of sleep you get affects hormones in your body, and unnatural levels, low or high, can influence how your body defends itself against cancer. More sleep gives your body a chance to heal and promotes a stronger immune system. Turn off the phone and email an hour before you go to bed. Give your mind time to wind down and relax. Make sleep a priority.
2. Be as lean as possible, but don’t become crazy underweight skinny. Watch what you put in your mouth and when you eat it. You know when you are having that 9 o’clock snack that it is not good for you. Wouldn’t you rather eat that snack earlier in the day (or not at all) than have to undergo chemo later? I know, not nice, but true! Do not make dinner the biggest meal of the day. Go for lunch as the largest meal. Make dinner light, and you will be lighter as well.
3. Keep your diet varied. I know you are probably already trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your everyday diet, but did you know most people are stuck in the rut of eating the same 3 vegetables over and over? Try going for a variety of colors (like deep greens of spinach, deep blues of blueberries, whites of onions and garlic, and so on). You can even have fun by planning meals around colors – or planning days; Monday is blue, Tuesday is orange, etc.
4. Get 30 minutes of exercise daily. It doesn’t have to be the same thing every day, and it doesn’t have to be all in one 30-minute session. I know you work and you are busy. Making exercise a priority is putting cancer prevention and your health first, which is not only taking care of yourself, but also shows you care for your loved ones. Put your exercise times on your calendar – block them there permanently so you do not schedule anything else over your exercise time. Getting exercise daily will help you stay lean and also help you sleep better. So exercise is actually a triple whammy against cancer.
5. Limit consuming the bad stuff. Note that I did not say “Do not consume it at all”. I said “limit”. This means moderation; control how much. What am I talking about here? You already know, but I’ll give you the list anyway:
- Limit red meats (beef, pork, and lamb) and processed meats. 18 oz or less a week total.
- Limit salty foods. The easy way to limit salt intake is to limit processed foods (like canned foods, packaged foods). The salt culprit is not what you add via the shaker, but the invisible salt you consume through pre-packaged food. Shop the outer aisles of the store, and skip the rest.
- Limit alcohol consumption. I know we all hear the stories of the 103-yr-old man who smokes a cigar and drinks a 4 glasses of red wine every day, but… rule of thumb on what is healthy says maximum of 1 drink per day for women and two for men.
- Limit sugar. This includes sugary drinks which sometimes we forget to count as sugar.
- Limit smoking to none. I know – I said limit – but the exception is smoking. Smoke now, and it’s just a question of when you get cancer. One of my good friends, who said she just couldn’t quit, quit from the moment her doctor told her she had stage 4 lung cancer. Really?
6. Take care of yourself. There is only one of you. So some final reminders (since you already know these anyway).
- Protect your skin from the sun.
- Practice safe sex and avoid risky behavior.
- Get immunized (HPV and hepatitis vaccines)
- Know your family history and get regular screenings
See, as I promised, nothing weird on the list. Nothing you didn’t already know. I didn’t suggest you eat only Brussel sprouts and grapefruit. Taking care of yourself shows how much you love your family and friends. As Nike says “Just Do It”. And as I say, Do it now!
Stroke, Heart Disease & Juice PlusAccording to a study published in May of 2003 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a high intake of fruits and vegetables has been associated with reduced risk for stroke and coronary heart disease. They can provide a substantial ration of dietary potassium and soluble fiber and are typically rich in a rage of antioxidant phytonutrients.
This study found that the daily use for four weeks of Juice Plus+ 25 fruits, vegetables, berries and grains rich in antioxidant phytonutrients, blunted the detrimental impact of a single high-fat meal on the endothelial function of healthy subjects. The conclusion was that a high-fat meal causes a temporary decrease in flow-mediated brachial artery vasodilatation, likely owing to an induced increase in endothelial oxidative stress. Four weeks of Juice Plus+ blunts the detrimental effect of a high fat meal, thus lowering the risk of a stroke.
Juice Plus+ is NOT a Vitamin or Supplment, it is WHOLE FOOD nutrition. That is why the body knows how to process and is bio available to be used in our body’s as if we were eating all those 25 fruits, vegetable and berries.
Below is a breakdown of Vitamin and Nitrate Content of Juice Plus and Vineyard blend:
- Bets-carotene 7,188
- Vitamin C(mg) 51
- Vitamin E(mg) 30.4
- Thiamine HCL (mg) 0.17
- Niacin(mg) 1.3
- Pyridoxine(mg) 0.35
- Nitrate (mg) 0.76
Author: Robin Badillo