Published on 04-08-2009
We hear again and again how we must eat a balanced diet and exercise. Yet, many of us put these things on hold or we initiate change in baby steps. The truth is, health is pretty easy... You eat a generally decent diet with whole foods (see the “eat like a human diet”), you walk around as much as possible, and everything beyond that is just a bonus for your health. The problem is, we have too much food and distractions available to us, we generally are far too busy, and it is, quite literally, killing us. Nearly all of the conditions that have high mortality rates in developed countries have very strong relationships to lifestyle and diet – the good news is that what is killing us is largely preventable.
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and its sister organization the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recently published an extremely comprehensive 583 page report on the causes, rates, and factors involved with cancer worldwide. Too lengthy and technical for many of us to read all the way through, but the short of it is, that with basic dietary changes and simple exercises like walking we can cut cancer by a third with some cancers being cut by over 60% with relatively basic lifestyle changes.
As there is little that can be done regarding family history and other factors such as our environment, our strongest move to lowering our risk for cancer and other diseases is lifestyle change. The report provides some basic recommendations that are shown to greatly lower our risk:
As you can see there isn't much in the list that is debatable or too difficult to incorporate into our lives. Start by making small steps in each of the above areas and you will find that your tastes and sensitivity to poor choices will change over time. Gradually your body and mind will desire and prefer healthier options rather than their sugary, salty, fatty counterparts. These changes do not happen overnight, but they do happen with a small amount of work and awareness. We should be grateful that we have the choice on how to live and easy ways to eliminate many of our problems.
To View The Full Cancer Report (Go Here).
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