This word may give you chills. While no drugs have been discovered to cure cancer, the symptoms are often overlooked. So before it happens, we’d better start to live a healthier life by applying the following simple behaviors.
1. Control your emotion
Feeling upset because you don’t have any partner to spend the Valentine’s Day, sad after losing a loved one or angry when your partner forgets your special day can trigger the feelings of neglect, anger, hate and resentment. But do you know that this emotional stress can increase the risk of cancer, especially breast cancer?
Although it hasn’t been widely accepted by the modern medical world, the claim that emotional swings can cause cancer has long been recognized by the Chinese traditional medicine. As quoted from the Journal of the Institute for Traditional Medicine and Preventive Health Care, cancer results from anxiety, emotional depression and overthinking which impairs the vital organs.
2. Avoid prolonged stress
Prolonged stress is not only bad for the heart, but it can be a triggering factor to cancer. This is associated with the bad handling of stress, like eating excessively, drinking alcohol, or smoking, all of which increase the risk of cancer.
So instead of doing things that are bad for health, turn to a healthier way to manage stress. The website webmd.com recommends exercise, meditation and writing a journal as good ways for reducing stress.
3. Add healthy meals into your diet
When choosing your meal, pay attention to the nutrition your body will need to minimize the risk of cancer. Fill your plate with vegetables, fruits, grains and beans that are rich in antioxidants. Also, limit your consumption of high-calorie foods with high content of animal fat and sugar. It’s also good to avoid processed meat too much, as suggested by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
4. Get enough sleep
Those of you who often work or watch movies until late at night may have to start going to bed a little earlier. According to Dr Charles Czeisler from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, lack of sleep increases the risk of various types of cancer.
This has something to do with the reduced level of melatonin, a hormone that helps to keep cancer at bay, because of the exposure to the light from a lamp or a gadget at night. So let’s turn off our TV and cellphone, and sleep tight starting from tonight.
5. Exercise regularly
Keeping a good body weight can also reduce the risk of cancer in breast, prostate, lungs and colon. Make time within your busy days to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Do something you like and exciting, like taking a walk, running, biking or dancing while doing chores.
Prevention is always better than treatment. So let’s do these to reduce the risk of cancer early.