HOW CAN LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE HELP TO PREVENT CANCER?
At ILoveBoobies we advocate that a healthy and active lifestyle will great reduce your lifetime risk of cancer. We have ambassadors all around the world that encourage our message and assist in creating awareness and raising funds to provide breast health care screenings for Women with limited funds and access to medical facilities.
This is what we do to stay healthy:
- Be active - go for a walk around the block, stretch, ride your bike, go for a hike, find those old manky takkies and be active for 30 minutes 3 times a week. Add something new each week to keep it interesting: stairs, skipping, sit ups, squats, push ups against the kitchen counter.
- Make sure you get enough sun - sunshine helps to improve your mood & focus by boosting the 'happy hormone' (serotonin) levels in your body. Sunshine on the skin is the best source of Vitamin D.
- Eat a balanced diet - a diet does not equal restrictive eating, it simply means that you should try to choose the food that your body needs: fruits & veggies, protein & carbs, dairy, chocolate (yes, a good dark choc every now and then is good for you as it’s a superfood).
- Smoking is a no no - if you or your loved ones that you surround yourself with smoke, then you and those around you are at risk for lung cancer - you have little air sacs within your lungs called alveoli which allow for oxygen to enter your body, and when you smoke you destroy those tiny sacs. Secondary smoking is just as harmful!
- Get enough sleep -Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you're sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It's forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information. Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. This system defends your body against foreign or harmful substances. Ongoing sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds. For example, if you are sleep deficient, you may have trouble fighting common infections.
- Set a goal – setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation . It helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the most of your life.
In South Africa the incidence of Breast cancer is 1:27 Women. More than 11000 women die from Breast Cancer each year, that’s 30 women each day! The earlier breast cancer is detected, the greater the chance of survival.
We encourage monthly self examinations but also look out for:
- C: Change in bowel or bladder habits
- A: A sore that does not heal
- U: Unusual bleeding or discharge
- T: Thickening or lump in the breast or elsewhere
- I: Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing
- O: Obvious change in a wart or mole
- N: Nagging cough or hoarseness
Take care and remember to love yourself a little bit extra today.