There are times in life when I have experienced the "aha" moment, and recently I have had that with the link between cancer and sugar. I know I should not eat donuts, cookies, and ice cream, but just hearing someone tell me that did no good. Finding the motivation to make better choices sometimes takes other motivators than a simple, "that's not good for you." But after seeing my Grandma recover from ovarian cancer, I have been on the hunt to lower my chances of getting it. Here are some tips I have been trying that could help you lower your chances of getting cancer, too.
The sugar connection
Cancer does not discriminate, and while you may have a higher probability of developing cancer if it runs in your family, there is a chance you could come down with cancer even if it is not hereditary. Either way, it is essential to be aware of the fatal growths, and follow tips from the latest research. Studies have shown there is a connection between sugar and cancer. That was tough to swallow for me not only because of my crazy sweet-tooth, but because the American diet is loaded with processed food full of sugar and fat. Now, when I say sugar I am referring to unhealthy sugar found in processed cookies, cakes, ice cream, and so on. Not the natural sugar you will find in fruits and vegetables. Sugar can also come in the form of carbohydrates. What research is saying is that a higher insulin level in your blood can be a growth factor for the cancer cells. It's also the weight gain from sugar that puts you at a higher risk.
After considering this research, I have changed my diet to include more raw fruits and vegetables and my family does not eat out as much. I also try to stay away from boxed food with a long ingredient list, and instead stick to food in their natural forms with home-cooked meals.
Exercise and cancer
It seems as though exercise is connected to everything, and sure enough, it is linked to cancer. The more you exercise, the lower your chances are. That does not mean that a person that works out all the time is exempt from cancer growths, but it does lower the chances. I began living a sedentary lifestyle during the winter when it was too cold to go outside and I was working from home. I was horrified at how much weight I had gained, but after reading some research on how exercise burns some of the sugar and lowers the insulin in the blood that cancer can thrive on, I got myself off of the couch. I now do stroller walks every day with my daughter, and I try to fit in a workout video at home at least four times a week.
Making changes for preventative health has made me feel better, lowered my fears of getting cancer, and even if I do get cancer, my body will be in a better place to fight it from my healthy lifestyle.