Sometimes things go wrong with our bodies that can’t be helped. Injury, illnesses caused by genetics and other issues can crop up throughout our lives which is unfortunate. However, a lot of the health issues we experience are a direct result of our lifestyle. Certain cancers from smoking and drinking. Heart disease (the leading cause of death in most western countries) and diabetes from eating the wrong foods and not exercising. Even dementia and mental illness can come about due to the decisions we make in our lives. When there are already so many things that are out of our hands that can go wrong, it makes sense to reduce your risk with the things you can control. Here’s how you can go about it.
The biggest risk for lung cancer is smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products such as cigars and pipes. Research has shown that you’re a whopping fifteen to twenty times more likely to get lung cancer than a non- smoker, and that smoking relates to around 90% of lung cancers. While there’s excellent cancer care facilities out there these days which can aid your recovery, with this type of cancer the survival rates are particularly low. On top of that, there are around thirteen other cancers that you increase your risk of when smoking- oral, voice box, bladder and kidney to name a few. You can cut your risk dramatically just from giving up smoking. If you’re struggling, consider speaking to your GP who should be able to arrange further support.
Alcohol is, of course, a toxin, and toxins are removed by the liver. Therefore excessive alcohol use can lead to problems with the liver which we simply cannot survive without. Along with liver cancer and cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), you put yourself at increased risk of mouth, throat, colon, rectum and breast cancer to name a few. Alcohol can also have a devastating result on mental health too. It can cause depression, anxiety and increase your risk of suicide. You don’t need to be a binge drinker to have a problem with alcohol, even if you’re not getting drunk you might still regularly be going over the recommended units. Keep a close eye on what you’re drinking and seek advice if you feel as though you’re suffering from addiction. It’s a brave step to make, but it will make a huge difference to your life.
Pesticides are generally found on the foods we eat and are present even after washing- and worryingly have been linked to illnesses like asthma, autism, birth defects, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. You can avoid pesticides by buying organic produce since these crops aren’t sprayed with the chemicals. Filtering your water is also a good idea since pesticides, and other nasties have all been found in tap water. A simple filter jug which you fill and pop into the fridge can solve this. They remove up to 99% of impurities, and it takes seconds to do.
Eat Healthily and Exercise
Finally, an obvious one but something that’s worth mentioning. When you nourish your body with good foods and exercise you stay strong and lean. You boost your immunity and slash your risk of all kinds of illnesses. Colon cancer is common in those who eat a lot of processed foods. Type two diabetes, heart disease, stroke and a myriad of other cancers can come about due to what you put in your body. It’s not to say you have to give up everything you like, but practice moderation and make the majority of your diet about fresh and healthy foods.