Keeping your home safe from cancer-causing chemicals and maintaining a healthy weight were just two of the most popular topics in Focused on Health this year. Following these tips can help you lead a healthier life and help you lower your cancer risk.
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You get sugar naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables and dairy products, which are packed with nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy diet. Added sugar that comes in the processed foods you buy from the grocery store is another story. Consuming too much can lead to obesity. This can increase your cancer risk.
It can be hard to know which sugar can increase your cancer risk. And how much is too much. Our dietitians explain how sugar impacts your health.
Bacteria aren’t always bad. Probiotics are the good bacteria found in your gut. They help your immune system function at its best so it can kill cells that could become cancer.
You can help manage the bacteria in your gut by eating certain foods and eliminating others from your diet.
Your home should be a safe place. But when it comes to your cancer risk, potentially harmful toxins could be in cleaning products and your basement. Some of the potential toxins in your home are familiar. Others may surprise you. And the research linking many of these toxins to cancer is inconclusive or ongoing, says Lewis E. Foxhall, M.D., vice president of Health Policy at MD Anderson. “But it’s better to play it safe.”
Body fat that collects around your stomach, limbs and organs may raise your cancer risk. But there’s a difference between body fat and dietary fat, the kind found in healthy foods. Dietary fat gives you energy, supports cell function and helps your body absorb nutrients. Not to mention, it makes food taste better.
Protein helps us build and repair muscle. Getting the right amount of protein from our food can help us get enough energy to exercise – a key part of maintaining a healthy weight and lowering cancer risk. But protein is often misunderstood and there are many myths surrounding it.
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