Are These Cancer-Preventing Habits A Part Of Your Routine? (Because They Should Be)
A certain amount of cancer risk has to do with your DNA, but epigenetics (i.e., lifestyle choices and environment) also plays a significant role.
Here, we’ve identified three little-known habits that have been associated with a decreased risk of cancer. Try incorporating them into your everyday wellness routine to ensure your body can operate at its best for years to come.
Utilize targeted nutrients
Evidence shows that many vitamins and antioxidants have been associated with reduced cancer risk, including:
Make sure you’re consuming plenty of these nutrients from whole foods and supplementing with single-ingredient or multivitamin formulas, when necessary. Adding a comprehensive multi that delivers all of these vitamins and antioxidants is an easy and simple way to support whole-body health and promote longevity.
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Optimize your sleep health
We’re very passionate about sleep health, and simply put, Americans aren’t optimizing the quality or duration of their sleep. Over time, suboptimal sleep can lead to cardiovascular health problems, immune dysfunction, and yes—even cancer.
In a 2021 longitudinal study published in the journal Sleep, older adults with poor sleep quality were almost 60% more likely to develop cancer1 than those with good sleep quality, regardless of whether or not they had a family history of cancer. (Just another reason to prioritize quality sleep!)
Pack your plate with fiber
Sure, you’ve heard that antioxidant-rich berries can help reduce your cancer risk, but have you heard that fiber can also help in a big way?
According to a 2018 review of meta-analyses from the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, consuming a high-fiber diet may decrease your likelihood of developing certain cancers2—particularly, colorectal and breast cancer.
To increase your intake of dietary fiber (hint: men need at least 38 grams per day while women need at least 25 grams), be sure to add plenty of these high-fiber foods to every meal of the day:
- Whole grains
If you’re still struggling to meet your fiber goals, consider a high-potency fiber powder to further bolster your daily intake (these are mindbodygreen’s top picks).
We’ve all had a family member impacted by cancer and want to help protect ourselves (and our loved ones) as much as we possibly can. In addition to regularly participating in physical activity and maintaining a well-balanced diet, consider adding these helpful habits to your well-being routine.
Morgan Chamberlain is a supplement editor at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism and a minor in nutrition. Chamberlain believes in taking small steps to improve your well-being—whether that means eating more plant-based foods, checking in with a therapist weekly, or spending quality time with your closest friends. When she isn’t typing away furiously at her keyboard, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, hanging outside, or doing a vinyasa flow.