Three necessary steps to prevent cancerProvita Health Store
Cancer is among the main causes of death not only in the United States but all around the world. Although there are thousands of millions of dollars being invested in the cancer industry, the chance of developing this disease is on the upraise and a safe and effective “cure” hasn’t been found yet.
The good news is that researchers have found that only between 5 to 10% of all cancer cases are caused by genetic defects; the other 90-95% are attributed to environmental factors and lifestyle choices. In this article we share the preventive measures you should take to greatly reduce the risk of developing cancer.
Step one: Optimizing hormone levels
Hormone balance is your best ally in cancer prevention. Since hormones perform several body functions, it would be impossible to mention all the symptoms that may appear when our hormones are not correctly balanced. However, unexpected fatigue, night sweats, low libido, infertility, changes on mammary tissue (male and female), irregular menstruation and excessive body hair (female) are red flags which should not be ignored.
These are the hormones that play a key role in diminishing our cancer risk:
We often hear about estrogen deficiency in menopausal women. However, due to dietary, environmental and lifestyle factors, the prevalence of estrogens is a much more common problem in both men and women of all ages. A high estrogen level or a high estrogen-progesterone proportion notably increases the risk of suffering breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. High estrogen levels without enough testosterone to counteract its effects may increase the risk of colon cancer in men.
You may be able to help to maintain your estrogen levels under control by considerably reducing your meat, dairy and soy intake. Also by reducing stress levels, exercising, keeping a healthy body weight and using natural cleaning and personal hygiene products.
There is great controversy surrounding androgenic testosterone hormone and its effects over cancer. Some may think that testosterone can accelerate prostate cancer development. Meanwhile, recent research has defied this point of view. Two studies were conducted, during which prostate terminal cancer patients were administered androgenic treatment. The results evidenced a better life quality on those who received the therapy.
Dr. Hertoghe, a lifestyle, anti-aging and hormone medicine expert has also pointed out that there is data that suggests that the presence of androgenic hormones is not what promotes prostate cancer. On the contrary, it is the reduction of these hormone levels that produces cancer cell formation (specially with high estrogen levels).
According to a study published on BMC Cancer Journal, when testosterone levels drop under a critical level, normal prostate cells turn into mutants and can turn cancerous too. If you initiate testosterone therapy before you reach that point, then you may be able to prevent the development of prostate cancer.
Melatonin can help reduce the risk of cancer in three ways: Metabolizing estrogens, combating inflammation and supporting a healthy immune system.
It is especially beneficial for breast cancer prevention. Dr. David E. Blask, a well-known cancer researcher discovered that melatonin has the capacity to make breast cancer cells actually go to sleep and nocturnal melatonin blood levels can slow down breast cancer growth in about 70%.
To optimize our melatonin production, you need to sleep enough hours. Make sure your room is dark and silent. Keep all electronic appliances out of the room, eliminate caffeine, avoid spicy food and blue light for about 2 -3 hours before going to sleep. Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule. If you have problems falling asleep, you can increase your melatonin levels obtaining 15 minutes of sun exposure per day (or using a solar lamp). Also, you should eat certain fruits such as goji berries, nuts, almonds, pineapple and bananas as snacks before going to bed.
Recent research suggests that low thyroid hormone levels can also increase the risk of having several types of cancer. This correlation is due to the fact that thyroid hormones stimulate immunity thus they can protect us from any sort of growth and cancer cell proliferation.
Step two: Reducing inflammation to avoid Cancer
Inflammation is a widely known source of cancer. When it becomes chronic it harms our cells, DNA and tissue. It creates the perfect environment for cancer cells to grow, multiply and expand.
This way, chronic inflammation is a very common affection that may be caused by several factors. Among them we have: excess body weight, smoking, allergies, food intolerance, lack of exercise, unhealthy diets and stress.
To reduce inflammation, you should limit or eliminate your alcohol, sugar, caffeine, oil, burnt fats, dairy products, industrially processed meat, smoked meat and processed and canned foods intake and consumption. If you consume food to which you are highly intolerant then this will also increase the inflammation.
You should consume a diet based on whole foods, rich in vegetables and fruits with dark pigments and use spices and herbs abundantly.
Omega 3 is also an excellent warrior against inflammation and even though they are highly concentrated in fish, we do not recommend you to have more than one piece of fish per week because of heavy metal contamination. Instead, concentrate on vegetable sourced omega 3 such as flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nuts, brussels sprouts and seaweed oil.
Cortisol is a very potent hormone that combats inflammation and a really common but often undiagnosed disease called adrenal fatigue which can cause a cortisol deficiency. If test results show low levels of cortisol or if you have adrenal fatigue symptoms such as constant fatigue, difficulty waking up in the morning or going to bed at night, anxiety, mood swings, salty or sweet food cravings and low blood pressure, you should do whatever it takes to restore your adrenal function.
Step three: taking a Cancer detection test
Early detection is a key factor in prevention. It allows you to identify and treat anomalies before they turn into cancer. Genetic exams for breast and prostate cancer are recommended. Constant supervision over your hormone levels is also highly beneficial. You might wish to control your selenium, Co-Q10 and vitamin A, D, E and C levels and supplement these nutrients if necessary.
The important thing is to be aware of how your body works and feels every day. Pay attention to any changes in your general health, energy levels, skin and how your body reacts to regular daily life. We cannot avoid occasional stress but we can change the way we react and learn how to reduce these stress levels. Make sure to ask a physician if you have any doubts to prevent small issues from becoming bigger problems.