Colorectal cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in our nation. It is also one of the most preventable. When you know a cancer is preventable, isn’t it worth it to take the necessary steps to avoid it? Colorectal screening, starting at the age of 50, is extremely important because early removal of benign growths can prevent cancer development. However, there are also many risk factors for colorectal cancer that are within your control.
Diets high in red meat, processed meat, or meats exposed to high heat can increase the risk of colorectal cancer. A recent report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) noted that ounce for ounce, processed meats increase cancer risk twice as much as red meat.
Do these guidelines sound similar? Our EnergyFirst criteria for a healthy diet include avoiding these foods for several reasons. Not only have they been linked to cancer, but they have also been linked to heart disease, fatigue, less fat-burning ability, and less mental clarity.
What else does your cancer-fighting diet need? Fiber and phytochemicals are some of your most potent weapons. Fiber will help keep your digestive tract clear of wastes and toxins. According to the AICR, 10 grams of fiber daily can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 10%. Don’t skip your serving of unprocessed carbohydrates with every meal or snack. Choose whole grains, legumes, fruits, or vegetables that are rich in fiber and have a low glycemic index.
The phytochemicals and antioxidants in your fruits and vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables) are essential for cancer prevention. Reinforce your body’s cancer-fighting defense system with a variety of fruits and vegetables to get a wide range of different antioxidants. The AICR recommend cooking your vegetables with garlic, not only for taste but also for the cancer-fighting benefits of garlic.
Finally, your multivitamin can help in the fight against cancer. EnergyFirst’s Multivitamin Plus ACE has the vitamins and antioxidants (such as vitamin C) needed for good nutrition. Also, the folate content can help keep red blood cells healthy and lower the risk of colon cancer.
Excessive body fat, especially around the abdominal region, is associated with a greater risk of colorectal cancer. This is true regardless of whether or not you are at a healthy weight. To achieve a healthy body fat level, make sure to follow proper diet guidelines while making the most out of your workout. ProEnergy Whey Protein Powder is a natural protein isolate designed to help you burn fat.
Habit or Health—You Choose
Alcohol and smoking can increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Quitting smoking is the best way to prevent this disease. If you don’t drink alcohol, don’t start. If you do, remember the significance of moderation.
M. Nelson,. Preventing Colon Cancer: Six Steps to Reduce Your Risk. Available at: http://www.aicr.org/press/press-releases/preventing-colon-cancer-6-steps.html. Accessed February 11, 2014.