Five Tips for Cancer Prevention
by Ginny Dent Brant
In 1930, the cancer rates were one in 30. Today, the rates are one in two. Years ago, the American Cancer Society put the blame on genetics, but today research clearly reveals that lifestyle is the major player with genetics contributing only 10-15 percent. Since February is cancer prevention month, here are five tips for cancer prevention.
Give your body an immune boost by beginning your day with two glasses of water and consuming half your body weight in fluid ounces daily. Why? Our immune function and every cell and system in our bodies require adequate water to function properly. This life giving elixir is free, so drink up.
Our bodies work best when we move during the day. Movement increases the production of our immune cells and enhances every system in our body. Exercise also helps our lymphatic system take out the trash from our body, decreases stress, and reduces our risk for cancer.
Allow your body to heal and repair with restorative sleep.
While you are reading this article, your body is performing miracles to prevent disease. When you are in deep sleep, the miracles of healing increase exponentially. Our bodies heal, repair and detox when we sleep. Melatonin, a hormone created in deep sleep, is a major cancer fighter and immune builder. Your healing can be as close as your pillow—and it’s free.
Use nutrient-dense food to boost your immune system.
We are what we eat. Our bodies can be strengthened through eating a nutrient-rich, more plant-based diet. All fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and phytochemicals that boost our immune system and prevent cancer. The more plants you eat, the better.
Nourish your gut.
Our gut lining is where 70 percent of our immune system is located. When this lining is properly nourished with probiotics such as yogurt and fermented foods along with prebiotic fiber from fruits and vegetables, it allows the good nutrients to flow throughout our body and keeps the bad stuff out. Our gut is an important part of our God-designed, protective armor that protects us from cancer and many diseases.
With cancer rates continuing to increase, it’s time we come up with a plan of prevention. When we hydrate adequately, sleep deeply, keep active, and eat a nutrient-dense diet, we reduce our risk for cancer. Inexpensive, practical and doable.
Ginny Dent Brant is a counselor, educator, speaker, and wellness advocate. Her recent book, Unleash Your God-Given Healing: Eight Steps to Prevent and Survive Cancer, contains commentary from an oncologist. It won a Golden Scrolls Award and was featured on CBN News. Cancer prevention and wellness blog at www.ginnybrant.com.