Cancer prevention can be overwhelming and frustrating, because it seems like there is always something else that may cause cancer. Sure you make changes, exercising and storing your phone in a safe place, like in the SportPort Zephyr Tank, but the hardest part can be managing your diet. You may think you’re doing a great job, but it’s likely you’re skimping a bit in one of these categories. Avoid these cancer risk factors to live longer and stronger.
Avoid These for Cancer Prevention
- Processed foods. If you’re eating a conventional diet you’re getting way too much salt, sugar, and fat, which are all cancer promoters. Even the “healthy” crackers you see advertised as low fat or gluten-free are likely pumped full of something else harmful to improve the taste. If you’re craving crackers or chips, check the nutrition label, or keep it simple with air-popped popcorn sprinkled with fresh herbs or nutritional yeast. Those go-to protein bars you’re nibbling after the gym sometimes have enough calories to equal an entire meal and some have a similar nutrition content to that of a candy bar, not the best way to fuel after a hard workout. Eat foods as close to the original form as possible, like nuts and fruit which also travel easily and will help reduce your risk.
- Dairy products. Animals fats are inflammatory whether they come in the form of a glass of milk or a chunk of cheese, but when paired with excess sodium or sugar they become even more hazardous the the body. People have a hard time giving up cheese, likely because of the instant gratification your body gets from the addictive-like high levels of saturated fat and salt, similar to the feeling people get from a sugar rush. Taper down on the cheese until you get used to eating without it. Once it’s gone from your diet you won’t miss it as much as you thought you would. The same is true about yogurt. People often think its a great breakfast choice, but some varieties have more sugar than cake! Eat oatmeal mixed with fresh blueberries for a satiating super-food breakfast that will knock out cancer cells instead of increase them.
- Meat. Saturated fats, excessive sodium, trace antibiotics, and growth hormones are unnecessary components to what should be a healthful meal, but there are also other lurking cancer-promoting factors that the average consumer isn’t aware of. Not to mention the risks posed from under-cooking meat or even overcooking meat. When meat is the centerpiece of your plate, your body strains to accommodate these harmful invasive factors. Even “natural” chicken is pumped full of unhealthy levels of sodium. Educate yourself on cancer risk in your diet with How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger. You will get much more benefit from a plate full of veggies and grains.
Your body will start to heal itself if you stop eating the foods that damage it. Reduce your risk factors however you can. For more tips on cancer prevention, read more on the SportPort™ blog. Cancer doesn’t just pop up out of the blue, it takes a while to grow before it becomes significant enough to be noticed by either symptoms or preventative screenings. Start your cancer prevention now by making a new fun recipe like this Spicy Tomato Tahini Spiralized Salad from One Green Planet for lunch instead of a turkey club. Your healthy choices may not be as healthy as you think, so use common sense and pick real whole foods that will heal the damage the risky foods have done.