5 Ways To Prevent Cancer

Integrative & Functional Medicine Physician By Alejandra Carrasco, M.D.
Integrative & Functional Medicine Physician
Alejandra Carrasco, M.D., is an integrative and functional medicine physician, best-selling author of Bloom, and founder of Nourish Medicine, a root-cause resolution integrative and functional medicine practice in Austin, Texas. She received her Master's from the University of Texas Health Science Center.

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Every year 12.7 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer. It's the second largest leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. It kills half a million Americans every year.

Globally, more people die from cancer than from AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The World Health Organization projects that without immediate action, the global number of deaths from cancer will increase by nearly 80% by 2030. Here are some steps that you can take today to prevent cancer.

1. Eat foods that boost your immune system.

Glutathione is the master detoxifier – it is critical in helping your immune system fight against cancer. A steady, daily intake of glutathione supportive foods is a great way to maintain high levels of glutathione in the body. Eat foods like asparagus, avocados, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, onions, garlic, and walnuts, cinnamon, turmeric, and cardamom to boost glutathione production in your body.

2. Eat plenty of raw fruits and veggies that are deep and rich in color.

Colorful fruits and vegetables are chock-full of cancer-fighting antioxidants as well as fiber which helps flush toxins from your system. Raw fruits and veggies retain their natural enzymes, which help you absorb the maximum amount of potent cancer-fighting nutrients and antioxidants into your bloodstream.

3. Stay far, far away from sugary foods.

Sugar has been found to markedly depress the immune system, specifically the very parts involved in killing cancer cells before they become clinically apparent. Studies show that consuming sugary foods decreases your immunity and increases insulin-like growth factor, which is a promoter of colon, breast, and prostate cancers.

4. Minimize your exposure to environmental toxins.

The N.I.H. has classified 54 compounds as known human carcinogens based on studies indicating they cause at least one type of cancer in people. The highest exposures occur in an occupational setting, but there are environmental exposures as well.

Minimize your exposure known carcinogens like heavy metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos, dioxins, VOCs, and pesticides by choosing safe, environmentally- friendly products in all areas of your life.

5. Exercise regularly.

Exercise boosts your immunity and lowers your risk for cancer by reducing elevated insulin levels. This creates an environment in your body that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells. Aim for regular exercise that includes interval and resistance training.

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