Cancer Prevention Tips for Women
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 3 women are currently at risk of developing some type of cancer in their lifetime. While those odds may seem overwhelming, they don’t have to leave you feeling helpless. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that “between 30-50% of all cancer cases are preventable,” citing lack of awareness as one of the main reasons society has been experiencing such high rates of disease and diagnoses.
Don’t wait until YOU receive a diagnosis to take action! Follow these essential cancer prevention tips for women to learn how you can be proactive in the face of the rising cancer epidemic, and start reducing your risk today with just a few simple steps.
#1: Support Your Immune System with Vitamin D
When most people consider cancer, they attribute its origins to a number of external factors: increased toxins in our air and water supply, the food we eat, unhealthy habits, etc. While it’s true that these are all ingredients for disease, the development of cancer itself is primarily a result of what’s going on inside the body. Cancer is a telltale sign of an impaired immune system — our body’s innate protection mechanism against illness. Naturally, the best way to prevent cancer is to ensure our immune system is fully functioning, able to recognize external threats, and address them effectively. Vitamin D is a powerful agent that supports the immune system in this mission, ultimately protecting us from cancer cells. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that approximately 80% of cancer patients have low Vitamin D levels.
By introducing a regular Vitamin D supplement to your diet, you can directly aid your immune system and help your body prevent disease. For best results, be sure to consume in a liposomal form that can be easily absorbed by the gut, alongside Vitamin K, a regulator agent that helps distribute Vitamin D to the right places in your body.
#2: Stick to a Regular Sleep Schedule
It’s common knowledge that a proper night’s rest is generally considered around 7-8 hours of sleep per night. But, a healthy sleep schedule isn’t just about quantity — it’s about quality. Each night, between the hours of 10pm and 2am, your body enters a vital cycle of recovery. These hours of deep sleep offer the most regenerative power of the whole day, allowing your body to function as the natural healing mechanism it is. When this cycle is disrupted, the body’s ability to repair itself is disrupted as well, prohibiting your defense cells from detecting and warding off disease. Establishing a regular sleep schedule that allows your body to function as intended is one of the best (and easiest!) healing techniques you can adopt!
#3: Opt for Clean Cosmetics
While sleep and vitamin D might seem intuitive for good health, one often overlooked opportunity for cancer prevention for women is the beauty bag! From hair dye and nail polish to makeup and toiletries, any product applied to your body will inevitably be absorbed through your skin. For the average American woman, this translates to roughly 70 pounds of toxic substance being directly applied to the body every year — yikes! As these toxins build up over time, they create a breeding ground for cancer and contribute to the risk of disease development. Swap your products for natural, clean alternatives, and beware of carcinogenic, cancer-causing chemicals such as:
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) or hydroxytoluene (BHT)
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- Sodium laurel sulfate
- Any ingredient labeled ambiguously, such as “fragrance” or “perfume”
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Supporting your system with Vitamin D, ensuring a restorative sleep cycle each night, and swapping your products for clean cosmetics are just a few simple steps you can take to start establishing a proactive line of defense against cancer right now! For more tips and healing resources, subscribe to our email list, where we share the latest research in cancer prevention, treatment, and innovation, through the signup form at the bottom of our home page.