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5 Cancer-Causing Foods You Must Avoid

5 Cancer-Causing Foods You Must Avoid

Everywhere you look, there are lists of super foods that are recommended to prevent cancer. New foods are constantly be coined as the “it food” to prevent cancer and maintain a healthy body, both mentally and physically. But what about those foods that can cause cancer? Processed foods are often the culprit, since they contain carcinogens, a substance that can enable a body to develop a certain type of cancer. As a general rule it is important to avoid processed foods altogether, especially the following foods that are known to be linked to causing cancer. Here is a list of the top five.

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    1. Microwave popcorn

    This tasty treat that is often associated as a movie comfort food, contains a highly toxic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the bag lining. In several studies, it has been proven that people that have been exposed to PFOA have been at a higher risk to develop bladder and kidney cancers. If you want to enjoy your popcorn without worrying about this harmful chemical, make your own  or buy it from the supermarket pre-popped.

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      2. Canned tomatoes

      Canned foods are convenient and great for long term food storage. Unfortunately, a ingredient called bisphenol A (BPA), that is used in the lining of cans has been known to be an endocrine disruptor that can disrupt or mimic hormones and as a result increase the risks for prostate and breast cancer. Canned tomatoes are extra harmful, because they have a high acidity which allows them to soak up the BPA at a more rapid pace than other canned foods. A easy solution is to buy only fresh tomatoes at your local supermarket.

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        3. Farmed salmon

        Most people are aware of the many benefits of salmon, but not all are aware that the source of your fish matters as well. Farmed salmon has been proven to have high levels of contaminants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins and toxaphene, which are known to cause cancer. It is important to buy wild salmon, even if it cost significantly more than its farmed counterpart. Even if you can only afford to have salmon only a few times a month, make sure you treat yourself to a chemical-free fish to avoid any health-related repercussions that might happen in the long run.

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          4. Hydrogenated oil

          Unlike natural oils like olive, soy, or canola, hydrogenated oil is extracted artificially from vegetables and has been linked to causing cancer. This type of oil has a high amount of preservatives in it that helps prolong the shelf-life of many processed foods and change the way they taste and smell. The high level of omega-3 fatty acids found in this oil are more harmful than helpful because they change the flexibility and structure of cell membranes and put you at risk for cancer, especially skin types. The trans fats that are found in hydrogenated oil are known for causing cancer and should be avoided whenever possible.

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            5. Potato Chips

            This popular snack has been known to have acrylamide, a popular carcinogen that is found in cigarettes. This chemical is produced from deep-frying the chips in temperatures that reach 248 degrees Fahrenheit and is a necessary step to make the chips crispy. Unfortunately, acrylamide has been linked with causing cancer and foods like potato chips should be cut out of a daily diet.

            Potato chips also are high in fat and can lead to unhealthy weight gain and high blood pressure that can lead to a myriad of health problems, including cancer. A healthy snacking alternative is to make your own chips out of olive oil and potatoes or trade potato chips for healthier alternatives such as kale or banana chips.

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            Last Updated on September 15, 2020

            4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

            4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

            Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

            Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

            Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

            We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

            Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

            1. Don’t Fight It

            I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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            Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

            Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

            If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

            If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

            2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

            Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

            One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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            The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

            Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

            If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

            Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

            3. Reframe Your Perspective

            Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

            Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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            Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

            4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

            Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

            As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

            Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

            Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

              Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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              One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

              To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

              Final Thoughts

              Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

              Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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