In yet another study, the benefits of exercise and healthy diet related to cancer prevention were reaffirmed. In a study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, researchers found that regular exercise and healthy diet substantially are keys to cancer prevention.
Cancer, Diet and Exercise
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In this recent study, researchers examined the connection between high fat diet and cancer rates. They found that individuals who eat a high fat diet, typical of the United States and other developed countries, have higher rates of cancer than those who eat diets with lower levels of fat.
The National Cancer Institute has long conducted studies validating the impact of diet and exercise on incidences of cancer and survivorship. Individuals who are physically active not only lower their chances of developing the illness, but they also better tolerate cancer treatments. Additionally, individuals who eat a diet rich in whole fruits, vegetables and whole grains improve their body’s ability to tolerate chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Physical activity and diet also have an impact long after cancer treatments are completed. Individuals who regularly engage in cardiovascular and flexibility activities have longer survival rates after treatment than sedentary patients. Additionally, continued healthy lifestyle habits reduce the likelihood of cancer returning.
A diet rich in brightly colored fruits and vegetables is high in antioxidants, which are known for their cancer fighting qualities. High fiber whole grain foods help rid the body of toxins associated with cancer. Additionally, maintaining good gut health by eating probiotic foods such as yogurt and fermented foods improves immune system function and helps the body rid itself of toxins absorbed through the environment.
Healthy lifestyle choices can reduce your chances of developing cancer. Reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals by eating organic foods, limiting the amount of processed foods in your diet and choosing lean organically raised protein. You can further reduce the likelihood of developing cancer by engaging in regular physical activity, such as walking, bike riding or yoga.
What healthy lifestyle choices do you and your family make every day? Let us know your favorite tips!
– The Alternative Daily