In the midst of an ever-expanding list of risk factors, cancer-proofing your life can seem like an impossible endeavor. But with these secrets from experts on the front-lines of cancer research, you can start to reduce your risk in just a few simple steps.
The following are 3 secrets to help you reduce your cancer risk:
Secret #1: Eat Hard Cheeses
Studies have shown that people who eat 2 slices of hard cheese a day have an overall decreased risk of developing cancers. These cheeses contain menaquinone, a special form of vitamin K, known as vitamin K2, that inhibits cancer growth. Hard cheeses are typically made with bacteria that ferment and vitamin K2 is a byproduct of that process. If you are concerned about introducing cheese into your diet for health reasons, don’t worry too much; vitamin K2 actually protects the heart against hardening of the arteries. Try eating cheeses rich in vitamin K2 like gouda, Jarlsberg and edam. To learn more about this secret cancer fighter, click here.
Secret #2: Exercise Regularly
Maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising regularly can significantly decrease your cancer risks. To reap the full benefits, you should be engaging in vigorous exercise for 45 to 60 minutes, 5 days a week. However, if such a rigorous routine is unrealistic for you, there are benefits to moderate exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise during which you reach an elevated heart rate 3 days a week.
Secret #3: Stop Grilling Meats
Research has found that grilling and pan-frying meats – red meat, pork, poultry and fish – causes the muscle to break down and creates cancer-causing chemicals as a byproduct of the process. These chemicals are highly concentrated in the blackened, charred areas of grilled meats.
Limit your grilling and pan-frying, and try steaming, broiling and sautéing your meats instead. If you have to grill, it’s better to grill fruits or vegetables. You can minimize your exposure to cancerous chemicals by marinating or precooking meat before tossing it on the grill.