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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 March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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