Till recent times, we used to advise improving lifestyle habits to avoid a list of lifestyle disorders like diabetes, obesity, hypertension and other degenerative disorders. But now it is a clinical proven fact that improving lifestyle habits also helps prevent cancer. Not only food carcinogens, but an errant lifestyle habits is also an equally important cause for cancer. According to a recent research report published in the British Journal Of Cancer, one third of cancers is caused by 4 lifestyle factors – alcohol, tobacco, obesity and diet.
Tobacco and cigarette is a major cause for cancer.
Alcohol – There are a few benefits of alcohol but in excess, apart from other ill effects, alcohol increases the risk of cancer.
In Ayurvedic terms, excess of alcohol disturbs the normal metabolism process to cause increase of toxins and waste byproducts of digestion.
Diet – According to Ayurveda, food is not only meant to provide the body with nutrition. It is also meant to cleanse the body, to keep the organs fit and healthy. According to Ayurveda, diet can be considered ‘proper’ only if one evacuates bowels every morning.
According to modern science, passing stools about thrice is a week is considered normal but, according to Ayurveda, passing stools everyday is important to maintain proper digestion and appropriate enzyme levels in the body. This stresses the importance of fiber in our diet.
Good amount of fresh fruits and vegetables is so crucial to provide the body with sufficient dietary fiber and anti oxidants which help prevent cancer.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetable salads also help in preventing obesity.
Obesity – Being overweight or obese makes you more prone to diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Hence a regular lifestyle with good habits, regular exercise has become all the more important.
Ways to improve lifestyle
A sample blueprint to prevent cancer by improving lifestyle –
1. Get up early, go to bed early. – Waking up early in the morning helps to keep you active and energetic through out the day.
2. Physical activity – jogging, walking, outdoor games, yoga or gym, dance or any other active hobbies – for at least half an hour per day. You should be sweating by the end of that half hour.
3. Vegetable and fruit salad – At least on alternative days. A meal can be skipped to accommodate salads.
4. Leaving non veg or limiting non veg food to only once or twice in a week.
5. Taking responsible steps to quit smoking and limiting the amount of alcohol intake.
6. Attending to natural urges at proper time. For a better understanding, read here to know about an important Ayurvedic principle.
7. Ayurvedic treatments such as massage, Panchakarma and such other cleansing procedures, seasonally.
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