We tend to think of cancer as a mysterious genetic puzzle. The truth is, cancer is a “lifestyle” disease we give to ourselves.

Lifestyle choices

Poor lifestyle choices weaken our defenses against diseases like cancer.

The food we eat, the substances we are exposed to and our level of physical activity all come into play. They impact the body’s production and function of hormones, inflammatory substances and immune factors. These factors have the power to promote or prevent cancer.

In normal healthy circumstances, our bodies with their natural defenses find and destroy cancer cells. However, when these cells grow faster than the body’s ability to destroy them we have an issue. They grow so quickly out of control that deadly tumors are formed.

Healthy immune system

Healthy immunity is required if we expect to deal with a killer like cancer. This silent but deadly disease cannot be allowed to get a foothold in the body. These diseased cells must be killed on a daily basis.

The sure simple cure to prevent cancer is to tip the balance in your body’s favor so it can perform to perfection and defend itself against invaders.

Maintaining a strong and efficient immune system in today’s world is turning out to be one of our greatest challenges. However, it is still our greatest asset protecting us from germs and foreign invaders.

So many factors in our busy and exciting modern world work against a healthy immune system. A lack of physical activity (we don’t have to catch our meal every day, life has become one big convenience), unhealthy diets, poor lifestyle habits (we are too sedentary and eat too much processed and “quick” foods) stress and exhaustion and even drugs that were designed to protect us from germs and illness.

Factors for healthy immunity:

There are 3 things that need addressing to activate and maintain a healthy Immune System –

Weight: Any excess weight taxes our body’s systems to work harder. It puts unnecessary stress where it does not belong and deadly fat in dangerous places. We need to aim for healthy weight throughout life.

Physical Activity: Our modern lifestyles are too comfortable. They are sending us down the wrong track, destroying our immunity and our health.

We need a structured strengthening program along with Interval training or aerobic training. 

When we combine the nearly total lack of muscular exertion in our inactive lives together with too much of the wrong types of foods we have the perfect formula for overweight, sick and immobile people.

Our bodies function best when given the proper amount of physical movement they were designed for. The same way an automobile runs best when it is used properly. When allowed to sit stationary for too long, it’s demise begins.

None use gives way to a rust, a serious break-down and nasty decay.

When we use our muscles properly, our brains receive messages that strength is necessary and growth and repair” hormones are released. These hormones go to work fixing, replacing, renewing and rejuvenating old worn out cells and tissues. When the brain stops receiving the signal that strength is needed (to renew and rejuvenate) the exact opposite occurs. Chemicals whisper to the cells to decay, degenerate and die.

Because our muscles store amino acid glutamine and other proteins that fuel the immune systems, the stronger our muscle tissue is, the more plentiful the supply is, offering us greater protection. If we do get sick our body calls on protein stored in our toned muscle tissue to help fight and recover from illness. These are our built in reserves.

Diet: Reduce or eliminate processed foods and replace with unprocessed whole foods. A clean diet focuses on choosing foods that are low in fat, high in fiber and loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. It maximizes or avoids processed foods and refined sweetener all together. This helps to control blood sugar, stabilize energy and provide the body with sufficient amounts of fiber. Fiber helps keep food moving through our digestive track moving. This helps to remove cancer-causing compounds out of the body quickly before they can cause harm.

It’s obvious that preventing chronic disease such as cancer requires lifestyle changes and the good news is that this is something anyone can do right now without waiting for a doctor’s visit or prescription refill.

Bottom line –

The best way to reduce our risk for many diseases and health issues is to choose natural and minimally processed foods and get our body moving in a regular program of interval training or some sort of balanced physical activity that also includes weight training.

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We need to honor and put our personal health first. Improved overall health, along with a boost in energy, and a positive mental attitude are just a few of the benefits we enjoy for keeping our immune system humming and working in tip-top shape.

“Wellness Wake Up Call”     helps us to achieve our best “health report card ever.”

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