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You’ve Been Buying Fake Salt For Years! Here Is What You Need To KNOW

You’ve Been Buying Fake Salt For Years! Here Is What You Need To KNOW

Many people tend to spend a little fortune on salt, believing that is real sea salt. Ever since the announcement that sea salt is healthier than table salt, the sea salt market grew tremendously. But, note that fake sea salt has appeared on the market, meaning that you need to be extra cautious when buying sea salt  next time.

The Great Sea Salt Scam. Can you really trust the label?

Most people cannot imagine their life without salt and this is not surprising at all, given that it`s been around since the foundation of this world. However, this applies to sea salt, not the processed table salt.

Many stores offer salt which has the label of ‘sea salt’ and there are more and more products being seasoned with ‘sea salt’. Since it has become more accessible than the regular table salt, it seems like we are going in the right, healthier direction.

According to healthwyze report, ‘The F.D.A. mandates that any salt, which does not have iodine added (at the chemical plant) must bear a warning label. It must state, “This salt does not supply iodide, a necessary nutrient”. Consequently, all sea salt distributors must lie on their label. Unadulterated sea salt typically contains more iodide than iodized table salt. Iodide is a combination of salt and iodine and it should be actually called ‘potassium iodine’. Iodine in sea salt is abused by false labeling to favor the manufacturers.  Iodine found in table salt is less healthy since it doesn’t contain all the trace minerals which are typically found in natural sea salts.

Let’s take a look at the term “sea salt”. What is sea salt made of?

Sea salt is derived with little processing through evaporation of ocean water and it contains most of the trace minerals found in the water itself. On the other hand, table salt is heavily processed and it comes from underground salt deposits.  White sea salt and table salt have similar nutritional value; they contain the same amount of sodium chloride, to be more precise. This means that buying a snack with ‘sea salt’ written on the package, you are falling into the same sea salt scam.

How to avoid the sea salt scam?

To ensure getting real sea salt, opt for non-white colored salt. To get the most of it, opt for brownish or sandy color.

Himalayan salt is one of the best salts in the world since it is the purest form of salt available. It is pink in color and contains 84 minerals and trace minerals.

Celtic Sea Salt is also a good alternative as it is authentic, unprocessed whole salt which contains just under than 100 microminerals.  Given that it comes from the clay in salt flats, this form of salt is light grey in color.

12 Symptoms of Lung Cancer That Everyone Should Know

12 Symptoms of Lung Cancer That Everyone Should Know

Have you ever thought about the relation between air quality and lung cancer? If not, read on as this article reveals quite a valuable info on the topic.

Lung cancer mortality is the leading cause of death among both genders, with its numbers surpassing the death of those with other cancers like prostate, breast, and colon cancer.

Early Warning Signs + Symptoms

Unfortunately, most of the symptoms don’t appear until the disease has reached an advanced stage. What`s more, when the symptoms of lung cancer do appear, they are often mistaken for other health problems caused by smoking.

  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia that return or do not go away
  • Chest pain that worsens with deep breaths, coughing or laughter
  • Coughing of blood or rust-colored phlegm or sputum
  • Prolonged cough that worsens or does not go away
  • Hoarseness of voice

When lung cancer spreads to other organs, it is manifested by the following symptoms:

  • Bone pain (typically in the back or hips)
  • When it spreads to the brain or spinal cord, symptoms like headaches, weakness, numbness, dizziness, balance problems, and seizures may occur
  • Jaundice, yellowing of the skin and eyes can occur when cancer spreads to the liver
  • Lumps near the surface of the body occur when cancer spreads to the skin or lymph node

Early Detection

Given that the symptoms of this disease rarely appear until the disease has reached an advanced stage, it is not often diagnosed early. Most cases are found early by an accident, thanks to a series of tests for other medical conditions. For instance, it may be found in tests done for pneumonia or heart disease.

Treatments

The treatment resembles those of other cancers where the chance of recovery heavily depends on the patient`s gender, age, and the stage of cancer.

Surgery and adjuvant therapy like radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy are quite common for lung cancer patients.

Surgery options include lobectomy (removal of the entire lobe of the lung), wedge resection (removal of the tumor), segmentectomy (removal of parts of the lung when cancer develop), and pneumonectomy (removal of the entire lung).

Prevention

In addition to eating a nutrient-dense diet and regular exercise, lung cancer can be prevented with improving air quality and preventing the inhalation to the toxins below:

Cigarette Smoke:

Both first and second-hand smoke is the leading risk factor of lung cancer due to the more than 7,000 chemicals which tobacco smoke contains.  At least 70 of these chemicals are proven to cause cancer in animals and humans.

Radon Gas:

Radon is a tasteless and odorless gas obtained from natural break down of soil, dirt and rocks. It is associated with more than 20,000 lung cancer cases annually, which makes it the leading cause of this disease after cigarette smoke.

Asbestos:

Asbestos is a natural mineral found in water and soil. It has been long used in construction materials due to its malleability and fibrous nature. Even though it is safe if undisturbed, there isn’t any safe level of asbestos exposure. Once ingested or inhaled, it becomes airborne and increases the risk of developing the disease up to 10 years later.

6 Signs and Symptoms of Omega-3 Deficiency That Every Woman and Man Needs To Know

6 Signs and Symptoms of Omega-3 Deficiency That Every Woman and Man Needs To Know

The typical American diet is abundant in fat, and this is a well-known fact at this point! According to USDA, 641 calories daily of added fat were “average daily calories” in 2008. With such a large amount it would be more than easy to assume the daily omega 3 requirements is reached within that. However, it isn’t. Most of us are deficient in this nutrient with a wide range of negative health effects.

Here are 6 ways your health could be suffering due to an Omega 3 fatty acid deficiency

1. Obesity

Omega-3 fats increase cell activity, meaning that they are of utmost importance for cell metabolism. Anyone whose diet is deficient in omega-3 fats is likely to have a slowed metabolism, which in turn leads to excess weight gain.

2. Heart disease

Up to 40 percent of deaths caused by heart disease are due to high LDL cholesterol levels.  The good news is that adding omega-3 fats to your daily diet helps reduce them, which lowers the risk of sudden cardiac failure.

3. Eczema

Eczema is a type of rash which is often attributed to omega 3 deficiency.  One study has found that this condition can be improved by up to 23 percent by supplementing omega 3 fatty acid DHA. Omega 3 supplementation helps by reducing inflammation.

4. Arthritis

Omega 3 fats are potent inflammation fighters. They are capable of reducing swelling between joints which is common in those suffering from arthritis.  Taking omega 3 supplements reduces joint stiffness and tenderness, which means that arthritis patients may be able to take far less pain medications simply by adding this alternative.  Another study has found that omega 3 fats are effective in fighting cartilage destruction caused by osteoarthritis.

5. Depression

In countries with high omega-3 intake, cases of depression are lower by up to 60 percent. Serotonin is responsible for one`s sense of happiness.  Interestingly, one of the key components of this important neurotransmitter is omega-3 fats.

6. Learning disabilities

Given that up to 60 percent of the brain is made up of omega 3 fatty acids, it`s no wonder that they are more than necessary for its proper function.  If not enough are consumed the myelin sheath which surrounds the nerve cells might deplete, so the messages being sent through the brain will be slowed down or stopped. Multiple studies have found a link between higher omega 3 intake and reduced learning disability symptoms like ADD.

The good news is that this nutrient can be found in numerous foods.  According to one source,

“There are three types of omega-3’s: alpha-linoleic acid, docosahexaenoic acid, and eicosapentaenoic acid. HA and EPA are the most studied for  health benefits and are found in seafood like tuna, sardines, herring, salmon, swordfish, and anchovies. It is also found as a vegan sea source in algae. ALA is a source of omega 3’s found in plant sources, such as flaxseed and walnuts.”

Common Problems Ginger Can Fix Better Than A Pill Or Medication

Common Problems Ginger Can Fix Better Than A Pill Or Medication

Ginger is a highly versatile ingredient and is widely used for culinary purposes.  It is a spice which is added in numerous foods and beverages, from ginger beer to gingersnaps.

It originates from the tropical jungles of Southern Asia and is now spread worldwide. Apart from being used in cooking, this spice is found to possess medicinal properties as well, which is the reason why it is used in the place of pills or medications in many instances.

Below you have a list of the top 3 health benefits of ginger:

1.      Anti- inflammatory

Ginger`s active ingredient called gingerol is found to relieve muscle soreness and pain like osteoarthritis and headaches. To reap its benefits, you can either consume it or apply a paste made of ground paper onto the affected areas.

2.      Helps fight cold

Due to its antiviral properties, ginger helps fight illnesses and bacteria responsible for colds. It also acts as decongestant and antihistamine, which is critical in case of cold or flu. To reap its benefits, add ginger in food or drink a cup of ginger tea.

3.      Remedy for nausea and motion sickness

Ginger could be your best ally in the battle against nausea or motion sickness. It also reduces bloating, gas, and indigestion. To control nausea, consume foods or drinks with ginger in it such as ginger tea or healthy candied ginger.

Ginger is easily accessible and affordable spice which can be found in both the root and powder form.  Ginger essential oil as well as healthy candied ginger are also good ways to reap its benefits!

Homemade Lemonade to Quickly Make Your Body Alkaline

Homemade Lemonade to Quickly Make Your Body Alkaline

Did you know that our bodies both live and die at a cellular level? We have billions of cells in our bodies which work to maintain alkalinity and thus keep us alive. Healthy pH balance is the first line defense against any disease.  Diseases thrive in an acidic body, which creates the perfect conditions for the growth of viruses, mold, fungus, bacteria, and yeast.

Acidic state leads to lack of oxygenation at the cellular level. When the pH value falls below 7.4, the blood gets less oxygen. Improper oxygenation causes unfriendly viruses, bacteria, and mold to thrive.

When the body is in an acidic state, it tries to protect itself from damaging acid by storing acid in fat cells. When acid levels become too high, calcium is depleted and your vital organs might suffer. The good news is that going back to a balanced pH level, you can lose the fat cells and save your organs from damage.

In addition, when in an acidic state, the body is forced to borrow other minerals from vital organs apart from calcium, which is the onset of diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis.

According to data from 7-year old study involved 9,000 participants and was done at the University of California, those with chronic acidosis are at higher risk for bone loss compared to those with healthy pH levels.

Furthermore, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that hip fractures among middle-aged women are often resulted of high acidity caused by a diet high in foods from animals sources and low in veggies.

“Immune cells that are too acid or too alkaline do not produce antibodies or cytokines (chemical messengers to regulate other immune cells), and they have impaired phagocytosis (the ability to engulf and destroy microbes).

As a result, the affected individual becomes susceptible to viral, bacterial, fungal and other infectious microbes as well as cancer,” according to Dr. William Lee Cowden.

With this being said, it`s no wonder that alkalizing the body is the key to boosting immunity and regeneration bone health.  A good way to test your pH level is by putting pH paper in the mouth and wetting it with your saliva. Then, you need to compare the color of the paper with the given chart.

This article presents a tasty recipe which is ideal when it comes to alkalizing your body and protecting you from different diseases.  Read on to learn how to prepare it:

Ingredients:
  • Purified water
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tsp. raw honey
Instructions:
  • Squeeze the juice from the two lemons into a 16 oz. glass
  • Pour purified water
  • Stir well
  • Sip the lemonade during the entire day!

Note:  Many fruits, particularly citrus fruits, are alkaline-forming. You need about eight servings of fresh fruits and veggies to keep the body alkaline. On the other hand, dairy, grains and meat make the body acidic. Experts recommend that your food intake should be about 75 percent alkaline foods.

Skeletons Say Osteoarthritis Isn’t About Aging, It’s About Activity

Skeletons Say Osteoarthritis Isn’t About Aging, It’s About Activity

It is generally believed that osteoarthritis is caused by aging. However, it turns out that this condition is not a sign of aging neither a sign of the bones getting weaker due to poor diet. A recent study suggests that osteoarthritis results from inactivity.

The Commonly Believed Causes of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most widespread form of arthritis, currently affection more than 27 million Americans. It is typically experienced in the neck, lower back, hips, knees, fingers, and toes; although it can affect any joint.

The bones and joints should be supported with cartilage, a cushion which protects the bones and helps the joints bend easily. When a person suffers from osteoarthritis, the cartilage starts to break down and damage the bones, eventually creating the perfect conditions for joint inflammation to occur.

The most common causes of osteoarthritis include joint injuries, aging, obesity, genetic defects in bone cartilage, stress from jobs or sports that involve repetitive movements, and joints that never properly formed.

Osteoarthritis has Doubled in Prevalence Since the Mid-20th Century

Two months ago, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, Dr. Ian Wallace (and his team), published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. For the aim of his research, they have studied more than 2000 skeletons from three different time periods: early industrial to post-industrial era up to the early 2000s, concluding that knee osteoarthritis has doubled in prevalence since the mid 1900s.

This led the researchers to look at factors like obesity and living longer and see whether or not are they the major culprits for the rise of arthritis. According to Dr. Wallace, they are not! As a matter of fact, he blames the modern-day inactivity for the increase in knee osteoarthritis.

Moving Forward (Without Joint Pain)

Dr.Wallace`s research suggest that there is a way to prevent this condition. Although aging is a natural, uncontrollable process, adding more activity to our daily lives can prevent or delay the progression of osteoarthritis.

So, what do preventative arthritis activities look like?

Starters should consider resistance training and equipment like resistance bands.  Equipment of this kind is superior to dumbbells and the exercise itself doesn’t require going to the gym.  Resistance bands offer constant tension, which in turn promotes muscle strength and improves balance.

Resistance training improves bone density too, although this benefit is often overlooked.  People hit peak bone mass around their 30s before they begin having to worry about maintaining the bone mass they have spent their lives building.  The good news is that resistance training is one of the best ways to both build and maintain muscle mass, whether you are under or over the age of 30.

More Tips for Preventing Osteoarthritis

  • Go on walks around the neighborhood once daily
  • Stay active even if your job requires you to sit for an extended period of time
  • Strengthen the muscles surrounding the bones and joints
  • Do resistance band exercises at home
The Most Affordable Way To Remove Fluoride From Tap Water

The Most Affordable Way To Remove Fluoride From Tap Water

We are already fully aware of the dangers of drinking water containing high levels of fluoride. Some of those dangers and side-effects include damaged nervous system, dental fluorosis, and reduced intelligence in children.

Unfortunately, getting a water purification system which removes fluoride can cost a little fortune, which is the reason why most people end up stuck with fluoride in their water.  But, the good news is that there is an easy way to remove fluoride using only one ingredient: TULSI PLANT. Besides being extremely effective, this method is cheap and affordable for everyone.

The Most Affordable Way to Remove Fluoride from Tap Water

As mentioned above, getting a water purification system can be quite pricey and not all of us can afford it. But, this natural method is cheap, effective, and safe! It has been discovered by researchers from Rajasthan University who soaked 75 mg of Holy Basil leaves in 100ml of water that contained over 7.4 parts per million of fluoride.  After soaking the leaves in the water for 8 hours, they found that fluoride was reduced to 1.1 parts per million. According to the world health organizations, the safe level of fluoride in drinking water is 0.5-1 parts per million.

What’s the Tulsi Plant?

Tulsi has been long used in Ayurvedic medicine due to the fact that contains potent healing powers. Both leaves and stems are used for medicinal purposes. The plant itself contains many compounds which have been found to show remarkable health benefits, such as linalool, ursolic acid, rosmarinic acid, eugenol, oleanolic acid, and carvacrol. It acts as strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory agent. Tulsi has been mainly used to treat arthritis, diabetes, spasms, rheumatism, malaria, colds, bronchitis, fever, and coughs. Interestingly, it even works as an insect repellent.

Ashwagandha for Cognitive Function

Ashwagandha for Cognitive Function

Key Points

  • Ashwagandha induced notable improvements in cognitive and memory function in those with mild cognitive impairment.
  • Those who took ashwagandha experiences greater improvements in memory, sustained attention, information-processing speed, and executive function compared to placebo.
  • Ashwagandha contains sedative properties which are associated with its brain-boosting powers like improving cognitive function and relieving stress and sleeping problems.

Ashwagandha is herb which has been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine since early history. It is literally translated as “smells like a horse,” due to its strong smell and because it provides the stamina and strength of a horse.

The root and the leaves are most often used for medicinal purposes.  Ashwagandha is considered as rasayana herb in Ayurvedic tradition, meaning that it promotes longevity and youth. In brief, it is a herb with a wide plethora of health benefits, such as managing stress due to its adaptogenic properties.

According to to the American Botanical Council, “[I]t also is believed to be quite helpful to the elderly by providing energy and relieving pain, inflammation, and nervous debility.”

Ashwagandha May Improve Memory and Cognitive Function

Memory improvement is one of the most popular ashwagandha`s uses, the root in particular. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements has studied the use of ashwagandha extract for boosting memory and cognitive function in 50 people suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

MCI is defined as decline in cognitive abilities that is linked with an increased risk of more serious dementia, such as Alzheimer`s disease.  The subjects were given either ashwagandha root extract or a placebo extract for 8 weeks.  Those who took the ashwagandha extract had greater improvements compared to the placebo group, including in the areas below:

  • Immediate and general memory
  • Executive function
  • Sustained attention
  • Information-processing speed

The researchers attributed the memory benefits to ashwagandha`s sedative properties, noting that they “may be indirectly involved in improving memory and cognition in human subjects, as stress, anxiety and sleep disorders can affect normal cognitive function.”

It also helps slow down the deterioration of brain cells in those with dementia by repairing brain cell damage and rebuilding neuronal synapses. Thanks to its ability to fight emotional and mental stress, it helps reduce depression too.

Ashwagandha May Buffer Some of the Effects of Sleep Deprivation, Stress

It has been scientifically shown that ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties, which make a potent sleep aid which manages sleep deprivation-induced stress and functional impairments.

“The findings of this study suggest that a high-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract safely and effectively improves an individual’s resistance [toward] stress and thereby improves self-assessed quality of life.”

Ashwagandha: An All-Around Health Tonic

In the journal Central Nervous System Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, ashwagandha is described as an “elixir” which is utilized not only to increase longevity but also to “normalize physiological functions, disturbed by chronic stress, through correction of imbalances in the neuroendocrine and immune systems.”

“Ashwagandha is regarded as tonic, aphrodisiac, narcotic, diuretic, anthelmintic, astringent, thermogenic and stimulant,” note researchers in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

“Ashwagandha is commonly available as a churna, a fine sieved powder that can be mixed with water, ghee (clarified butter) or honey. It enhances the function of the brain and nervous system and improves the memory.

It improves the function of the reproductive system promoting a healthy sexual and reproductive balance. Being a powerful adaptogen, it enhances the body’s resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body’s defense against disease by improving the cell-mediated immunity. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals.”

Ashwagandha Tea

  • Take two teaspoons of dried ashwagandha root
  • Dip it in 3 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Boil for 15 minutes
  • Remove the root from the liquid
  • Strain to
  • Consume 1/4 cup twice a day
This Is Why You Should NEVER Confuse Cacao And Cocoa (Only One Of Them Is A Superfood)

This Is Why You Should NEVER Confuse Cacao And Cocoa (Only One Of Them Is A Superfood)

Many recent studies show that chocolate is actually good for us as it provides many health benefits. As a matter of fact, chocolate is even listed as a superfood!  The health benefits revolve around the antioxidant content of cacao, the key ingredient of this product.

What Is The DIFFERENCE between CACAO and COCOA?

Some chocolates are made from cacao while some are made from cocoa. Although both are obtained from cacao beans, the difference is in the way they are made from the same cacao beans.

Cacao is made through cold-pressing of unroasted cacao beans while cocoa is made from roasted cacao beans which have been processed at high temperature.  When exposed to high temperatures, the cacao beans actually lose their nutrients, meaning that you end up with a nutrient-free powder.

In the case of cold-pressing, there is minimal processing and all the nutrients remain intact. In other words, you get a true cacao with a robust nutritional profile.

Why You Want Cacao Rather Than Cocoa

Unfortunately, many chocolate manufacturers use unhealthy ingredients in their manufacturing process in order to get a cheaper product. They tend to mix cocoa butter with vegetable oils or add soy lecithin and high fructose corn syrup. Not only the taste alters a lot, but the nutritional benefits get lost and detrimental ingredients take their place. On the other hand, quality chocolate contains cacao and natural ingredients.

What Chocolate Is Best?

It has been scientifically proven that dark chocolate is far superior to chocolate candy bars or milk chocolate due to its high cacao and antioxidant content.

Benefits of Cacao

  • Boosts mood
  • Protects the nervous system
  • Help prevent cancer
  • Improves vision
  • Improves memory loss
  • Contains more antioxidants than goji berries, acai, and blueberries
  • Have lots of minerals, including magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc and manganese
  • Increases the levels of some neurotransmitters, promoting well-being and brain health
  • Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduces risk of stroke
  • Lowers blood pressure

Where To Find Cacao Powder And Real Chocolate

Cacao powder can be found both online and in local health food stores while dark chocolate made with cacao is available in local health foods stores, at small chocolate stands at the farmer`s market, online, at the natural food aisle at the supermarket, and in small artisan chocolate shops.

When buying chocolate, make sure you check the ingredients and the cacao percentage.  Aim for at least 70 percent cacao and make sure it is spelled cacao, not cocoa. Making your own dark chocolate from cacao is the best way to ensure getting the most of it, so check out the recipe below.

Homemade Chocolate Bars

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of virgin coconut oil
  • 4-6 tbsp. of raw honey
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • Optional ( raw cacao nibs, coconut flakes, raw nuts, seeds, dates, sun-dried fruits, goji berries)

Instructions:

Mix the coconut oil with honey and then stir in the cacao powder. Stir until the mixture gets thick and then add the extra ingredients, to your preference. Transfer the mixture into a flat container or chocolate molds and freeze until solid. To use it as chocolate chunks or chips simply break it into small pieces. In case you want to use it as chocolate sauce, melt it. As simple as that!

50% of All Colon Cancer Cases Could Be Prevented If Everybody Did These 9 Things

50% of All Colon Cancer Cases Could Be Prevented If Everybody Did These 9 Things

The colon, also referred to as the large intestine, plays a crucial role in our health. As food goes through the colon, salt and liquid are eliminated to prepare it for removal.

Colon cancer has been in the news after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), concluded in late 2015 that processed meat can cause colon cancer in human and classify it as a Group 1 carcinogen.

The good news is that colon cancer can be prevented through the following lifestyle factors for up to 50%.

Top Tips for Colon Cancer Prevention

1. Eat More Vegetables and Some Fruits

Vegetables contain antioxidants and disease-fighting compounds like magnesium. It has been scientifically shown that for every 100-milligram increase in magnesium, the risk of colon cancer decreased by 12%.In addition to magnesium,   phytochemicals found in veggies can remove carcinogens and reduce inflammation.

Cruciferous veggies are especially beneficial due to their sulforaphane content.  This compound has been found to stop the growth of colon cancer-derived tumors.

2. Eat More Fiber

Dietary fiber has been linked with a decreased risk of colorectal cancer, particularly distal colon cancer and colorectal adenoma.  For every 10 grams of fiber, the risk of colon cancer decreases by 10%.

A 2005 study revealed that dried plums “favorably altered … colon cancer risk factors” in rats, possibly due to their high content of dietary fiber and polyphenolics.

3. Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D positively affects the immune system, which helps keep the growth of cancer tumors in check. According to researchers:

“Evidence suggests protective effects of vitamin D and antitumour immunity on colorectal cancer risk.

Immune cells in tumour microenvironment can convert 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] [vitamin D] to bioactive 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, which influences neoplastic and immune cells

… High plasma 25(OH)D level is associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer with intense immune reaction, supporting a role of vitamin D in cancer immunoprevention through tumour–host interaction.”

4. Avoid Processed Meats

Processed meats like salami, hot dogs, bacon, ham, sausages, and hamburgers contain nitrates, compounds which are quite concerning.  They are converted into nitrosamines, which are linked to an increased risk of certain cancers. AICR warns that “there is no safe threshold” for eating processed meats.

5. Be Knowledgeable About Red Meat Consumption

It has been scientifically shown that those who eat the most red meat are at 24% higher risk of colon cancer compared to those who eat the least.  The problem with red meat is the way it is cooked and the source it comes from.  For example, grass-fed beef contains cancer-fighting compounds.

Red meat that is fried, barbecued ( cooked at high temperatures in general) is likely to contain carcinogens such as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

6. Exercise

Exercising on a regular basis notably reduces the risk of colon cancer. According to one study, active individuals have 30-40% reduction in their colon cancer risk compared to inactive individuals.

Exercise lowers insulin levels, which is one of the best way to reduce cancer risk.  Certain studies even suggested that exercise triggers apoptosis, causing the cancerous cells to die.

7. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Obesity has been associated with higher risk for a couple of cancers, including colon cancer. According to a 2014 study which analyzed data from over 5 million people, every 11-pound increase in body weight led to an increased risk for ten type of cancer.

8. Limit Your Alcohol Intake and Quit Smoking

Both of these habits are linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. When it comes to alcohol,  moderate alcohol intake involves 1 ounce of hard liquor, a 12-ounce beer, or a 5-ounce glass of wine with a meal daily.

9. Eat Garlic

People who eat a lot of raw garlic have a lower risk of colorectal and stomach cancers. In addition, among those with inoperable forms of colon, pancreatic, or liver cancer, taking garlic for six months led to improved immune function.