Why Less Is More When It Comes To Preventing Cancer in the Western World

Your health is the greatest asset that you own. Most people hear this idea being tossed around a lot, but it rarely registers as reality until one becomes deeply ill. And, anyone who has been on a hospital bed, or even stepped foot inside of a hospital can attest to this fact. Those who are sick would do anything to have their health and their livelihood back.

If you’re reading this article from your home, apartment or office building, then you’re in an unbelievably lucky position regardless of the issues that you face in life. You still have your health, therefore, you still have your freedom. What’s even better is that you still have your health, freedom, and the opportunity to protect your future health like it’s the only thing potentially standing between you and cancer – one of the world’s leading causes of death.

Unfortunately, the number of new cancer cases is actually expected to increase at a rate of 70% over the next 20 years. And, even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized that over 30% of cancer cases are preventable by living a healthy and active lifestyle, far too many ordinary people (especially those from affluent nations) are still taking in too many harmful ingredients, sitting around for extended periods of time, and experiencing the devastating effects of this partially preventable disease.

In other words, millions of people can change their lives right at this second by acknowledging that doing less is one of the most powerful cancer-fighting “tricks” that has largely gone ignored until recent years. For example…

  • The Western world is afflicted with a cancer rate that is more than double that of Africa’s and South Asia’s. While the exact reasons behind this phenomenon are not yet known, one can safely assume that citizens of less developed nations generally eat less processed foods, spend less time in high-stress workplace environments, and maintain relatively lower body fat percentages. Correlation does not equal causation, but it’s important to learn from telling cultural differences such as these.
  • India enjoys one of the lowest cancer rates in the world. The people of India are also the world’s biggest proponents of using curcumin, which is the active ingredient found in turmeric. Taking small quantities of curcumin or turmeric daily is believed to potentially reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. India notably has a popular vegetarian culture as well, which could very well play a role in the country’s limited cancer rate.
  • The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study has shown that people who sit for more than six hours per day face a significantly higher risk of dying from cancer or other diseases. Less sitting and more physical activity almost always equals greater health and wellness.

 

Cancer is not always avoidable. But, for a significant portion of the Western world, evidence has shown that you can greatly limit your chances of getting cancer by maintaining a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, keeping physically active, and allowing less chemical ingredients to dictate your future.

Not to mention, North Americans and Europeans have a key advantage in the fight against cancer going forward. Knowledge and technology.

Mobile apps like Eat What (iOS, Android) can provide you with the truth about ingredients that you put in your body every time you eat or drink. These kinds of apps work by allowing you to scan product barcodes, or look up thousands of food ingredients in seconds using your iPhone or Android smartphone. This way, you won’t have to worry about getting nearly as many carcinogens or man made chemicals in your body. Through Eat What, you can even access an anticancer diet plan that shows you exactly which ingredients to avoid, and which ingredients to eat.

By empowering yourself with useful knowledge and technology in the fight against cancer, you will enjoy less lifestyle stress, less nutritional deficiencies, and a lower risk of developing cancer. Because oftentimes, doing less for your health is how you will achieve the greatest level of health and happiness of all.

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