Cancer Causes and Prevention
A whopping 41% of Americans will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime and 21% will die from it! Fortunately, cancer is caused primarily by lifestyle factors and in most cases, it is completely preventable. Read-on to learn the top 4 causes of cancer, and how to avoid becoming part of the 41%.
Cause #1: Chronic Inflammation
The association between the development of cancer and inflammation has long-been accepted by the scientific community, and many cancers arise as a direct result of inflammation. Chronic inflammation causes damage to your cells, DNA, and tissues, and creates the perfect environment for cancerous cells to grow, multiply and spread.
Inflammation can be caused by many things, the most common of which include: excess body weight, smoking, allergies, food intolerances, lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet and stress. You can reduce inflammation by obtaining/maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day. Consume a whole-foods based diet, and vastly reduce or eliminate processed and packaged foods. It is also important that you test yourself for food intolerances if you have unexplainable health symptoms such as fatigue, moodiness, cravings, nasal issues, or puffy eyes.
Cause #2: Ongoing Stress
Chronic stress is a major risk factor for the development of cancer. When you are under stress it increases inflammation and activates signalling pathways that lead to tumor growth and hasten the progression of cancer. Also, when in a state of stress, your immune system becomes compromised, which prevents it from properly detecting and eliminating tumor cells.
Clinical and population studies have found that a positive mental outlook, and social connectivity both dramatically reduce stress levels and consequently, the risk for cancer. So try to see things from a glass half-full perspective and make human connection a priority in your daily life. Adequate sleep is another major stress reducer, and you should aim for at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Additional techniques for reducing stress include: laughing, learning to ask for help and to say no; spending time every morning planning out your day so as to not overbook yourself; practicing yoga, meditating, cuddling, and having sex.
Cause #3: Meat and Dairy Products
Consuming animal products increases your cancer risk in a variety of ways. Firstly, the consumption of meat and dairy triggers an inflammatory reaction that lasts for six hours, which means that if you eat meat at every meal, you are placing your body in a state of chronic inflammation. Consuming animal products also exposes you to antibiotics which kill beneficial microflora that help to prevent cancer. Finally, animal products are high in estrogen, and a major cause of estrogen dominance, which increases the risk for breast and prostate cancer.
Ideally, you should eliminate animal products, but if that is not practical for you, limit your intake to 2-3 servings a week. Consume only organic animal products (this will help to reduce your antibiotic exposure), and limit your serving size of meat to just 3-4 ounces. Also, consume a high fiber diet, with at least 12 servings of vegetables daily. This will help to reduce toxic estrogens, to offset the inflammatory effects of animal products, and to provide you with cell and DNA-protecting antioxidants. Slim Blend Pro (insert hyperlink: http://www.delgadonaturals.com/slim-blend-pro/) is a delicious raw superfood supplement that will help fill in any nutritional gaps — each serving provides you with 8 grams of fiber, probiotics, and a ton of antioxidants.
Cause #4: Carcinogens
Carcinogens are cancer causing substances, and they are everywhere. They are found in our food, our water, the air we breath, the medications prescribed to us, our personal care products, our cookware, our furnishings, and our cleaning products … to name a few. While you can’t completely avoid carcinogens, you can reduce your exposure.
Start by eating organic foods whenever possible, this will help to reduce your intake of carcinogenic pesticides and herbicides. Also, buy a water purifier for your tap and your shower—most people don’t realize it but your skin absorbs all kinds of toxic chemicals when you shower in unpurified water. Use natural, organic cosmetics and ditch the chemical cleaning products. Natural cleaning agents such as vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda, are highly effective, and completely non-toxic. Finally, optimize your liver health so that it can do its job of breaking down and eliminating toxins. Liv D-Tox (insert hyperlink here http://www.delgadonaturals.com/liv-d-tox/) contains a proprietary blend of liver-supporting nutrients, and can be used as part of a cancer support protocol.
Bonus Tip for Women
The key to breast cancer survival is early detection. Unfortunately, mammograms are completely ineffective for early detection, they miss 40% of breast cancer cases, and the procedure itself increases the risk for breast cancer. Thermography is a safe and highly effective tool for early detection that is underutilized by the medical community. It uses a visible light rainbow scale to reveal how balanced you are on the inside and instantly indicates potential pathologies. If you have breast cancer risk factors such as obesity, a family history, or early onset menstruation, we highly recommend using this lifesaving screening tool. For more information: http://www.nickdelgado.com/mammography-vs-thermography/