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Guest post written by Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we wanted to share a few simple and approachable ways that may reduce your risk of cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States after skin cancer, so chances are you or someone you know is affected by this disease.
The good news is that there are several steps you can take to help increase your chances of avoiding the “big C”:
- Maintain a Healthy Weight:increase your riskof breast cancer. More specifically, carrying excess fat around your waistline has been shown to pose an even greater risk. Use this Healthy Body Calculator
- Exercise Regularly: Make exercise a priority and find time to get active 3-4 days a week. Whether you prefer to walk, play tennis, run with a friend or dance for an hour at Zumba, just get moving! In fact, as little as 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2½ hours of brisk walking a week has been shown
- Eat Clean and Limit Processed Foods: By eating a diet rich in whole foods and meats free of antibiotics and added hormones you can help slash your odds of cancer. According to the President’s Cancer Panel, a diet high in processed foods and conventionally grown produce increases your exposure to pesticides and carcinogens, raising your risk of cancer. If organic, grass-fed beef is out of your price range, try incorporating alternative protein sources into your diet such as beans, nuts or dairy.
What are your best tips for incorporating these healthy lifestyle changes? We’d love to hear from you.
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