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Top 5 Foods That Help to Prevent Cervical Cancer

Top 5 Foods That Help to Prevent Cervical Cancer

OK, let’s cut to the chase. First in the order of J. Robert Hatherill’s Eat to Beat Cancer is Eat, so if we are going to talk about preventing cervical cancer, we might as well start at the beginning with eating. And just not how much to eat, but the best foods you can eat to maximize your body’s resistance to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the leading culprit in cervical cancer.

Eating healthy is no doubt essential for good health, but according to the American Cancer Society a woman’s risk of contracting cancer can be reduced by eating a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Of course there is a biological reason to this—the antioxidants that are naturally present in certain types of foods can slow or stop the process that causes cancerous cells to mutate or metastasize in the body. So here are five of the best foods to eat and the nutritional reasons why.

1. Carrots

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Carrots cut in Julienne

    Carrots are not just for the eyes: they contain both beta-carotene and carotenoids (a coincidence?) that directly defend against absorbing carcinogens into the body’s cells. You can eat them raw, cook them in a stew, or include them as part of a salad, this vegetable is very versatile and inexpensive.

    2. Green Tea

    Cup of green tea

      Green Tea is a popular alternative drink that is also well known for its numerous health benefits in general. One of the reasons is the presence of those antioxidants—green tea contains polyphenols that is a specific type of antioxidant—which help prevent the division and multiplication of cancer cells. It can be consumed any time of the day, so just make sure you have enough of it in the house.

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      3. Beans

      Green beans vegetables

        Beans can be everyone’s favorite food if prepared properly and taken in moderation with other cancer prevention foods. The advantages? They are cheap, high in fiber, and high in protein, making them wonderfully healthy in general and superior in preventing damage to our cells. Here is another chemical term—phytochemicals—which is a component in beans and thought to slow tumor growth. These phytochemicals protect healthy cells from being changed into cancerous cells. It is a good way to save money as well, by replacing a daily portion of red meat with beans.

        4. Lettuce

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        Lettuce - leafy green veggies

          Can we agree if lettuce is on the list, it is not the most exciting food? But lettuce, along with other types of leafy green veggies contain flavonoids, considered by many to be a leading source of nutrients that afford a degree of protection against cancers. Now eating lettuce has become more than a weight management food.

          5. Whole Wheat Bread

          whole wheat breads

            Whole wheat bread fills in the missing carb count. This food is included because carbohydrates are just as necessary as the fruits and vegetables, and contains vitamin B6. This vitamin is necessary to regulate the body’s immune system, maintain red blood cell metabolism, and promote the health of the nervous system. Make sure you avoid getting anything but 100 percent whole wheat; enriched wheat flour has had most of the important nutrient bleached and processed out of it, leaving it without much benefit to your health.

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            Finally, a caution is in order here: some of the cancer-preventing nutrients found in the list of foods can be obtained in health foods stores in the form of a dietary supplement. Until you do a thorough investigation, do not substitute supplements for the actual foods as too much of a good thing can become toxic to your body. Besides, you will miss out on all the fun of eating some of your favorite foods. Eat hearty and stay healthy!

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            Last Updated on July 10, 2020

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

            Boundaries are limits

            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
            • When do you feel disrespected?
            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
            • When do you want to be alone?
            • How much space do you need?

            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

            Sample language:

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            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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            Final Thoughts

            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

            Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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