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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Another Tip Worth Passing Along

Here's another tip sent to me from the people at My Fit Foods
This one hits close to home for me- Last year, my dad had a Melanoma spot removed from his back & this year my grandmother was diagnosed with Lung Cancer.
Cancer "runs" in my mom's side of the family, my mom has lost a few aunts and uncles to its various forms.

This list comes from the Corporate Nutritionist, Meg McCall, for My Fit Foods. It is a list of simple things that you can do your your body to assist in cancer prevention- not to mention your overall health! (the comments in parenthesis are from me, btw)


Cancer Prevention Check List:
1.  Vitamin D
Get your Vitamin D level checked by your doctor and make sure it is in the 60 to 80 ng/mol range.  Vitamin D is one of your most important cancer prevention hormones. (This means drink your milk, people!)
2.  Insulin
Control your insulin levels by eating small meals that are low glycemic index.  Remember that insulin is a cell growth promoter and can affect abnormal cell growth. (5 small meals a day, keeps the metabolism moving!)
3. Exercise
Exercise to increase oxygen flow and drink a high pH water to improve your pH balance.  A Nobel Peace Prize was received for the discovery that cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygen rich, alkaline environment. (oxygen rich means aerobic exercise!)
4. Antioxidants
Eat antioxidant rich foods such as berries and leafy greens.  Shoot for every color in the rainbow and supplement with extras like My Fit Foods Green Tea and Cinnamon.
5. Lower Inflammation
The fastest way to consistently lower inflammation and also improve the integrity of each cell wall lining in the body is to take a healthy dose of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.  My Fit Foods Fish Oil has 1,000 mg per capsule. (salmon post, anyone?)
6. Circadian Rhythms
Going to bed in complete darkness a few hours after sun set is critical for healthy melatonin levels which is a hormone that protects you from cancer. (sleep does a body good!)
7.  Body Composition
Our body fat contributes to inflammation and estrogen levels in the body.  It is important to achieve and maintain a lower body fat percentage to lower your risk of cancer.  (cleaner, leaner eating and weight training will work wonders for this!)


Disclaimer: Please do not skip the sunscreen because you "need vitamin d" sunscreen is your friend! :-)


"If you can run, you can run farther. If you can train, you can train harder. And if you do, you might fight cancer"- From an ad in Woman's Health Magazine for the American Cancer Society