Cooking to Reduce Cancer Risk
One of the best ways to reduce your overall risk of developing cancer is maintaining good bodily health. One of the most essential parts of the equation for keeping good health is a well-balanced diet that includes the nutrition our bodies need. We are what we eat, and nutritious meals give senior bodies the fuel and building blocks for a strong immune system, faster recovery from disease and injuries, and also reducing the risk of developing cancer. While there are many factors that affect cancer risk, such as genetics, environment, and lifestyle, and a good diet may not completely prevent cancer alone, the countless other benefits to health alone are worth it.
The question now on your mind of course, is what exactly is a well-balanced diet and what to be looking for. While it’s possible to get deep in the weeds with specifics, it’s hard to steer wrong with just a few simple tips kept in mind.
- Add more whole foods into your diet, and cut down on processed foods. The ingredients label of the things you buy at the grocery store should be primarily things you recognize, and are themselves food.
- More fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains.
- Limit intake of foods with high levels of added sugar, sodium, or preservatives.
You can also do some research to look for foods which contain phytochemicals and phytonutrients. These are naturally occurring compounds found in a wide variety of plants, and can potentially prevent chronic diseases and cancers.