(Natural News) Research indicates that with a few lifestyle modifications, up to 40 percent of all cancers can be totally prevented. This just goes to show that poor health is not all about genetics; much of what we choose in our everyday lives can have a serious impact on our future. There are lots of things that a person can change about the way they live their life that can reduce the risk of disease. Medical journalist Anna Magee, writing for Healthist, has revealed her top seven tips to help prevent cancer.
1. Lose weight (if you need to)
The number of people who are overweight or obese has continued to skyrocket and is one of the greatest challenges facing the Western world. A recent survey by the CDC found that 30.5 percent of adults in the United States reported that they were obese. Linda Bauld, professor of healthy policy at the University of Stirling says that if you are more than 20 pounds overweight, any weight-loss you achieve can be beneficial.
2. Drink in Moderation
Sticking to just one glass of wine or one pint a night might be in your best interests, even if it doesn’t seem very fun. There’s a significant association between even low alcohol consumption and seven different types of cancer.
4. Eat Yogurt
Yogurt, and other probiotic foods, help support a healthy microbiome. Keeping the microbiome healthy and balanced has been linked to lower cancer risks.
5. Marinate Meats
Research has revealed that seasoning red meats with spices such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, sage and marjoram before cooking can help to reduce the cancer-causing heterocyclic amines that are produced in cooked meats.
6. More Fiber
Studies show that eating more fiber by increasing your fruit and vegetable intake can help prevent up to 14 different types of cancer. Fiber from eating whole grains is also thought to help reduce bowel cancer risks.
7. Be More Active
Increasing your activity level can help reduce your risk of many different diseases, and cancer is no different. Some studies have found just 30 minutes a day can reduce cancer risks.