The word cancer can send a chill down your spine. We all known someone or the other who has been a victim of this deadly disease. Global estimates suggest that more than 14 million people develop cancer every year. If this continues, by 2035, 24 million people will be affected by cancer.

What you should know is that more than 1/3 of cancers can easily be prevented. How? Our lifestyle can help tremendously. Lifestyle choices like lack of exercise, smoking, consumption of alcohol and many more choices contribute towards the development of this deadly disease. Chemicals we surround ourselves with knowing or unknowingly too can increase risk.

Given the modern lifestyles we lead, we are exposed to over 80,000 chemicals over our lives. At least 1400 of these chemicals are carcinogenic. These chemicals are a part of the air we breathe, the water we drink and are in the materials and substances that we use to put on our bodies.

The most common sources are:
– Preservatives, food additives and artificial chemicals
– Commercial agriculture and pesticides
– Industrial practices
– Adhesives and solvents
– By products caused by the use of oil, petroleum and gas
– Rubber, plastics, styrene and plastic
– Many building material and paint
– Flame retardants
– Aerosols, make up and many personal care products

When chemicals are being tested, the tolerance level is tested for each chemical individually. What happens, when we are exposed to over 80,000 chemicals all at once?

What can we do to prevent ourselves from being exposed to these chemicals, thereby avoid cancer?

Go Organic!
Going organic can help tremendously. Choose to avail of fruits and vegetables that have been produced the organic way, without the use of harmful insecticides and pesticides. Choose cleaning products that are either made at home, there are a tonne of simple recipes you can find online. Or choose to purchase organic cleaning products, they may be slightly expensive, but they help.

What are you putting on your skin?
What you put on your skin gets directly absorbed by it, so be extremely careful what you put on it. It’s the largest organ of the body, and the chemicals you put on it, will be soaked right up, getting in to the system. Moisturizers, soaps, sunscreen, foundation, detergents, mascara and all other cosmetics. It is estimated that an average woman is exposed to more than 500 chemicals pre day.

Instead, choose to go the natural route, to get beauty that is long lasting, natural and does not affect your health.

Choose to opt for Public Transport and use Renewable Energy

A sizeable amount of the chemicals we are exposed to comes from air pollution. In case you wish to use a oxygen mask, you are okay, but that’s not something you really want to do, is it?

This may take some effort on part of society as a whole. We need to educate people to help reduce pollution in the air by opting for public transport, instead of every individual taking out a car on the road. We need to use energy sources that are renewable, this will help bring down the toll of air pollution and decrease the exposure of harmful chemicals.

Try and avoid the use of plastic, say not to chemical aerosols, exercise, eat right and you can honestly try and reduce the risk of cancer.

Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or get in touch with a Homeopath to learn how you can naturally avoid the risks of cancer and enjoy a long and healthy life.