Some tips on how to prevent cancer are pretty obvious: don’t smoke, stay out of the sun, don’t live near power lines… but other lifestyle choices might not be so clear. Here are some ideas on how you can do a few things in life a little differently to help prevent something serious from developing down the road. And start off by recognizing the fact that odds are you won’t get cancer simply by living a healthy lifestyle, which should include using some form of natural medicine like naturopathy, osteopathy, or chiropractic for example.
1. Drink water – properly. This means avoiding plastic bottles and instead drinking filtered water (from a tap), stored in stainless steel or glass containers. Even the best plastic can leach chemicals into your water, and so should be avoided. And since some home filters have plastic containers, your best bet is probably a filter that fits onto the tap. Consuming lots of water is of course recommended, but do try to get much of your water intake from organic fruits and vegetables. They’re a great source of the water our bodies need to absorb, and naturally they’re high in antioxidants as well.
2. Sleep tight. You may think that getting 8 hours of sleep a night is best, and you’re probably right but you may also be keeping it a little too simple. Studies show that we all vary in the amount we need for sleep, so experiment a little and try to see how much sleep feels right for you. Generally speaking we need anywhere from 6 to 9 hours, and the amount may depend on how well you’re eating and how much exercise you’re getting (i.e. a poor diet or lots of exercise may require more sleep). Also, the quality of your sleep is important. You could lie in bed all day long and not get a deep enough sleep cycle, which takes approximately 1.5 hours. So try to keep your room dark and keep sounds from waking you (wear earplugs if you have to), because getting a deep enough sleep is key.
3. Sweat a bit, or a lot. Obviously keeping healthy with exercise is a great way to keep cancer at bay. And as with sleep, so too is the amount of exercise we need not the same for each individual, as says acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Certainly seeing an expert and obtaining a diagnosis from them (via your pulse) is the best way to determine what level of exercise you would benefit most from, but you can always try and figure things out for yourself too. If you feel like taking a nap right after a workout, you’re exercising too much. Conversely, if skipping a workout makes you feel tense and unhappy, then you probably need to maintain your levels and make sure you get exercise where you can, even if it’s just ten minutes of jumping jacks and squats.
4. Ask questions. Don’t let your doctor (or any health care provider for that matter) off the hook so easily. If you think you need a mammogram or another test, ask about it instead of waiting for them to suggest it. And while you’re being proactive, use any and all of the benefits you might have for paramedical services such as osteopathy, naturopathy, and so on. Even the right physiotherapist or chiropractor can help a great deal when it comes to treatment and advice that could add (healthy) years onto your life.
5. Be realistic. Chances are that if you’re trying to get healthier you have an idea of how to measure your progress, e.g. through amount of weight lost, improved sleep or diet, and so on. Be sure, however, to set goals that are realistic and achievable, because causing yourself too much stress isn’t going to help with cancer prevention, no matter how good you start to look.