Fighting Cancer with a Fork: 5 Eating Habits for a Healthier Life

Cancer-prevention tips are ever evolving. One day, you could be hearing that you should avoid a certain food, and the next, it could be an entirely different story. While there’s no concrete set of tips for living a life that’s cancer-free, there are certain eating habits and lifestyle changes you can incorporate today to decrease your risk in the future.

Try implementing these five eating and drinking habits to make the most of your diet and work toward a healthier life.

Go green, red, yellow, orange, etc.
A variety of fruits and vegetables offer antioxidants that have been linked to cancer prevention. Enjoy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collard greens, red peppers, tomatoes, squash and sweet potatoes on a regular basis and get your fill of fruits such as apples, melons and berries. Strive to eat 4-5 cups per day.

Water down your risk
Choose water instead of sugary beverages to stay hydrated and flush potentially harmful toxins from your body.

Moderation is key
Excessive alcohol intake over long periods of time can increase the risk of certain types of cancer. When it comes to alcohol consumption and your health, moderation is key.

Stop seeing red
Limit your intake of red meat to 18 oz. per week and try to avoid processed meat whenever possible.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Apart from not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is the most important thing you can do to prevent cancer. Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of throat, liver, kidney, stomach, colon, prostate, gallbladder, pancreatic, ovarian, endometrial and post-menopausal breast cancers. Set goals to exercise for at least thirty minutes each day and maintain a healthy diet.

While there is no foolproof guide to cancer prevention, making some healthy adjustments to your eating habits today could help set you up for a healthier tomorrow. If you or a loved one is undergoing cancer diagnosis or looking for treatment, come to Covenant HealthCare. We offer a comprehensive collection of cancer services and provide compassionate care to patients and their families.

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Posted Date: 9/21/2016

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