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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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            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

            1. Breathe

            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

            • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
            • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
            • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

            Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

            2. Loosen up

            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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            3. Chew slowly

            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

            4. Let go

            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

            It’s not. Promise.

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            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

            21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

            5. Enjoy the journey

            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

            6. Look at the big picture

            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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            Will this matter to me…

            • Next week?
            • Next month?
            • Next year?
            • In 10 years?

            Hint: No, it won’t.

            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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            8. Practice patience every day

            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

            Final thoughts

            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

            Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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