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Harmful Ingredients in Ice Cream That Damage Your Gut

June 1, 2017 by admin in Health News with 4 Comments

Ice cream is a staple dessert in the Western diet. Its creaminess and coolness makes it ideal as a go-to summer treat.

The variety of flavors allows ice cream to be an indulgence to almost any sweet-lover, but have you ever wondered what makes it taste so phenomenal?

What is in ice cream that makes it so desirable?

Can the ingredients in ice cream be damaging to the body, and if yes, how so?

Sadly, this favorite snack can wreak major havoc on the digestive tract. Just like in most junk food, it is the additives, emulsifiers and preservatives that do the most significant damage to the body.

While the cream and sugar themselves are not the best ingredients to eat, the human body has digestive enzymes and bacteria that are able to digest these ingredients — our bodies do not contain digestive enzymes or bacteria that are intended to digest these added ingredients.

Emulsifiers

An emulsifier is something that is typically used to prevent oils and fats from separating. This includes polysorbate 80, lecithin, carrageenan, polyglycerols and cellulose gum.

They extend the shelf-life of ingredients and are cheaper for manufacturers to use instead of whole food ingredients.

According to a study released in Nature, these ingredients interfere with the body’s gut microbiome and may lead to obesity, metabolic syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

Another study found that emulsifiers not only alter the microbiota composition in the human body, but that this alteration leads to low-grade inflammation which can play a major role in colorectal cancer and promote the growth of tumors (so if you have or know someone with cancer in their digestive tract, be sure to stay away from emulsifiers!).

Artificial Colors

Red #40, Red #3, Yellow #5 and Blue #1 are all familiar artificial colors.

The International Association of Color Manufacturers states that artificial food dyes are used for the enhancement and correction of natural colors—so they’re basically used to make food look prettier than it does in a natural state.

These colors have proven links to hyperactivity in children and are also connected to allergies and cancer.

The colors Red #40, Yellow #5 and Yellow #6 contain an ingredient called benzidene which is a known human carcinogen.

The FDA states that it falls within the “safe” levels, but the problem is that the FDA tests only measure for free benzidene.

In these colors, benzidene is found in both a free and bound form.

Essentially, those ingesting these food dyes will be ingesting far more benzidene than is recognized by the FDA simply because their testing methods do not measure the full quantity.

It is no secret that artificial colors should be intentionally avoided so be sure to look for them in the ingredient list as they are part of many brands of ice creams.

Artificial Flavors

Artificial flavors cover a variety of ingredients that are not derived from natural sources.

The FDA defines these as “any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof.”

Essentially, chemicals are used to impart a particular flavor into fake food. Each “artificial flavor” may contain up to 100 ingredients by itself, including BHA, propylene glycol, MSG and many others.

Partially Hydrogenated Oils

These oils are the major source of trans fat in the American diet. While the FDA has called for all foods to have trans fats removed over the next few years, many still contain some level of trans fats in the form of mono- and diglycerides.

What makes it challenging to stay away from mono- and diglycerides is the fact that companies are only required to label triglycerides as “trans fats” so foods that say, “No Trans Fat” may actually still contain them!

There is no safe level of these ingredients for the human body so it is important that we do not consume partially hydrogenated oils. These oils are often found in “diet” versions of ice cream, so be aware that these versions are not necessarily healthier.

According to studies, these fats interfere with the body’s bacterial communities which can lead to a variety of health issues that not only affect the digestive tract, but may also lead to immune and metabolic disorders.

Sugar Substitutes

Because sugar is known to have detrimental effects on the body, especially in the large amounts consumed in the American diet, many people look to sugar alcohols and other non-nutritive sweeteners for the sweet taste they crave.

It seems like a better alternative initially, but when you study the impact that these sugar alternatives can have on the body, you realize they are not actually better than real sugar.

Many artificial sweeteners are derived from GMO corn and are highly processed in order for them to be added into foods. Another issue with them is that they are extremely indigestible.

While indigestibility is not a problem when talking about a resistant starch found in whole foods, the issue with sugar substitutes like erythritol, xylitol and sorbitol is that they have been highly processed and are consumed in far greater amounts than would be found naturally in whole foods.

This can create or contribute to an imbalance in the gut’s natural state. This can lead to both immediate and long-term digestive tract issues.

 

What are the alternatives?

There are some ice creams out there that claim to be “healthier” ice creams, but when you read their ingredient lists, they still contain some of these harmful additives that have been discussed.

Always look for certified organic, naturally (truly naturally) flavored ice creams with ingredients like vanilla bean, cocoa, cinnamon, etc. with whole foods as the only ingredients. These may be a challenge to find, but they are out there!

Some brands to look for include Three Twins Organic Ice Cream, Julie’s Organic Ice Cream, local and grass-fed ice creams from your local farmer’s market, or homemade ice creams (homemade banana ice cream is a great, super easy one to make—simply freeze some bananas and then puree with your favorite spices!).

As always, read the ingredient list!! It is worth the extra effort to find or make high-quality foods you can indulge in once in a while without compromising your body’s health!

These ingredients in ice cream usually damage your gut. If you have a weak digestive system, and suffering from digestive issues, go to the next page and learn more about the 3 tips to reverse these digestive-related issues –

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The Cancer Causing Additive Hiding in Your Toothpaste and Your Food – Titanium Dioxide

May 24, 2017 by admin in Health News with 5 Comments

Titanium dioxide is an additive that can be found in toothpaste and a range of food products. And it is one of the top fifty chemicals produced worldwide.

It might seem like a harmless additive but new study finds titanium dioxide can cause cancer.

According to the study, which was led by The French National Institute for Agricultural Research, the ingredient Titanium Dioxide, which is commonly used to give white food products and toothpaste their white colour, is actually extremely carcinogenic.

The study proved that rats which had been exposed to food grade Titanium Dioxide developed stomach tumours, in 40% of cases.

This chemical is also spread to other areas of the body via the blood, and there is reason to assume that if it can promote the development of cancerous cells in the intestines, then it is likely to have a similar effect in other areas of the body.

 

What will Titanium Dioxide do to my Body?

 

According to the above-mentioned French study, 40 % of rats exposed to Titanium Dioxide developed precancerous growths in their colons, intestines and stomachs. These precancerous growths can further develop into more deadly forms of cancer and tumours.

The test group of rats who were not exposed to the chemical did not develop these growths at all.

It was also found that inhaling Titanium Dioxide when it is present in products like paint and white wash can cause cancer in the respiratory tract.

After the experiment those rats exposed to the chemical (even those who did not develop growths) suffered from a weaker immune defense system than their healthy test group counterparts. They became more prone to illness as a result.

 

Which Consumer Products contain Titanium Dioxide?

Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring metal. It is used primarily in products like gum and tooth paste to give them their white colour. It is also found in other white foods and sweets such as Jello’s Banana Caramel Pie.

 

Here is a list of unexpected places you will find Titanium Dioxide:

  • Toothpaste
  • Gum
  • Hard White Candy
  • Jello’s Banana Caramel Pie
  • White Sauces
  • Icing Sugar
  • White or brightly coloured products
  • Jelly Glow Worms
  • Paint (it can be inhaled through fumes)

The best you can do is, on any item you buy which is white (or bright) in colour, check the ingredients for Titanium Dioxide. It can also be listed as TiO2, so be wary if you see this ingredient code.

Rather buy something which is more naturally coloured, and avoid anything too white or very bright. Those colours do not appear in any natural foods, which means that anything unnaturally bright must have been treated and processed to get that way.

 

Titanium Dioxide in Non-Food Products

Even if you are not ingesting Titanium Dioxide (as with toothpaste) it can be absorbed through your skin and simply by being in your mouth. That’s all it takes to get it into your blood stream.

The rule of thumb is to check labels on anything that goes into or onto your body.

You also need to be aware of what you are breathing in. Titanium Dioxide is present in paint, as are many other toxins. If you are building a home {link to article on the hidden dangers in new homes} you should make sure every item and product used is safe.

You are not just checking for Titanium Dioxide. Read any of our many articles on food additives and other dangerous ingredients. They occur in everything from Health bars to washing powder.

It’s up to you to protect yourself and your family from being un-knowingly poisoned by the products you use every day.

 

In fact, there are more than 100 toxic chemicals in many of the products you used every day and increase your cancer risk dramatically. Go to the next page and & learn how you can protect your body from cancer –

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Why Japanese Has 11 Times Lower Risk Of Skin Cancer Than Americans

May 19, 2017 by admin in Health News with 1 Comment

Take a look at any beach in America and you’ll see crowds of people lying out with most of their skin exposed to the hot sun.

What is America’s obsession with sunbathing?

For some reason or another, it has become popular for Americans to have a tan appearance. This question leaves many of us scratching our heads, considering the consequences. Even worse, some people that have recovered from melanoma continue their habit of sunbathing.

As many as 20% of melanoma survivors reported having a sunburn the previous year. This goes to show how strong of a desire some people have to be in the sun.

Many cultures view the sun as a healthy thing — but like all things healthy — it should come in moderate doses. That being said, many cultures in the world also take the necessary precautions to minimize excessive sun exposure.

With summer around the corner, Americans will slather on the tanning oils and start to burn their skin despite the warnings. Skin cancer is preventable, but many cannot resist their addiction to the sun.

What is the Japanese secret?

Why is everyone shocked that Japan has some of the healthiest-skinned people of the modern world?

Skin cancer rates are lower in Japan.

Even though they are typically fair-skinned and vulnerable to sunshine just like Americans, they don’t succumb to these problems nearly as often.

So why the difference?

What is their secret to keeping their skin cancer rates lower?

A big difference between Japanese and Americans is the culture when it comes to tanning.

Sunbathing is not trendy or popular in Japan, despite it being an island nation with plenty of sunshine. Covering up exposed skin is common practice, and being pale is not considered a bad thing.

Simply put, tanning does not enhance beauty in any way, shape, or form from their perspective.

Japanese women—and some Japanese men—will even go as far as using an umbrella or parasol to block the harmful UV rays that Americans can’t seem to get enough of.

In fact, the umbrella or parasol was first invented to block UV sun rays, not rain. Apart from today’s understanding, the age old use of an umbrellas was for protecting oneself from the sun.

Sun doesn’t always equal fun

Healthy skin isn’t a given, as many Americans seem to think. In fact, many Americans believe that sunbathing is healthy. Tanning salons are ubiquitous to the mini-malls of America.

Tanning beds aren’t an uncommon purchase for those that really need their UV fix year round.

Unfortunately, to supplement this bad habit, there is now a large market for sunscreen products. Sunscreen is viewed as a “healthy” solution to the addiction to tanning when in reality in can cause additional harm.

Some sunscreens have chemicals in them that can cause further skin irritation, allergic reactions, and possibly even increase the risk of breast cancer via estrogenic activity. This is all tied to the trend of desiring sun exposure. People in the U.S. enjoy exposing themselves to the sun often.

It is a catch 22 for many Americans that want to have skin protection while sunbathing, when in reality it’s better to avoid the exposure in the first place. At the end of the day, Americans will have to change their view of tanning on a cultural level if they really want to change the bad sunbathing habits.

So we’ve seen the differences in both U.S. and Japan when it comes to sunbathing, let’s look into how the damage occurs.
The outside of our body is covered by a large number of microscopic skin cells that contain the pigment called melanin.

As a collective, this is called the epidermal, and it’s our body’s first line of defense against the outside world. When people lie out in the sun with exposed skin, the sun’s UV rays bombard our skin.

What is the result?

Well, the body sees this as harm—which it is.

The human body evolved to deal with this issue in the short-term. When sun exposure occurs, the skin begins to produce more melanin, which leads to the highly sought after “tanned” look.

If you are pale, you should take even more precaution when it comes to sun exposure. Pale skin means less melanin, the pigment that protects the skin.

Time of day matters

The time of day is crucial when it comes to sun damage. The worst of the worst sun exposure is approximately 10 AM to 2 PM. This is when the UV rays are the most intense, and can cause some serious damage. If you spend as little as half an hour in this time range, you can already notice some irritation from the sun.

Now if spend an hour or two exposed in the sunlight in between one of these times, don’t be surprised when you notice how red and tender your skin becomes.

This is what we call sunburn. Sunburn is when the UV rays are too intense and penetrate into the deeper layers of skin, resulting in damage to the DNA or death of the affected skin cells.

When this happens time after time, the skin becomes worn out and starts to look more aged prematurely. It is ironic when you think about it. People tan for beauty purposes, but it ultimately causes their skin age to more rapidly.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Sun damage over the years is the main cause of the skin cancer, melanoma. This easily preventable problem could be avoided if people change their sunbathing habits.

While it’s a personal choice to cover up in the sun, the issue of skin cancer doesn’t see an end in sight if the majority continues to view tanned skin as desirable look.

Lastly boosting the immune system and preventing cancer cells from even starting to grow is the key to reducing your risk. Japanese do take a lot of nutrients like Beta Glucan to boost their immune system tremendously. Learn more at the next page –

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Should You Go Gluten-Free?

May 12, 2017 by admin in Health News with 3 Comments

For some time now the gluten-free diet has become an increasingly popular way of life. With celebrities endorsing it and famous chefs creating diets that completely exclude gluten, it’s small wonder that the trend has been adopted by so many.

It has become generally accepted that gluten free is the healthier choice. But is gluten free really healthier?

Today we take a look at what gluten free eating does to your body, who really should avoid gluten, and how to determine whether gluten free eating is for you or not.

In the last 60 years, the instances of gluten intolerance have risen 400%.  Many of these cases are linked with Celiac disease. However, many of them are also simply labelled “gluten intolerant”.

This rise in sensitivity has been a major contributor to the concept that all gluten-based food is bad for you.

What Is Gluten?

In case don’t know – gluten is a protein which is usually found in large quantities in wheat, barley, and rye. It is found in unexpected places in most processed foods, often under other names. Other labels for gluten include: “Starch”, “malt”, “texturized vegetable protein”, “hydrogenised vegetable protein”, and even “natural flavourings”.

 

Why is Gluten bad for you?

In Latin “gluten” translates to glue. It’s because of its glue-like qualities that it’s so good for sticking together bread, cakes and even burger patties. Many baked goods companies even add extra gluten to your bread to give it that spongy bounce.

The problem is that this glue-like quality also has an impact on your digestive system. For many, your body views gluten as a foreign substance, rather than food. This causes the body to react against it – causing IBS, diarrhoea and other stomach complaints. It also gets gummed up in your system and can cause constipation and abdominal cramps.

 

Leaky Gut

This gummed up state causes inflammation in your intestines – which as we know is a recipe for disaster in the long term. One of the long-term problems with this state is that your small intestine lining becomes weak and permeable, making it easier for you to develop leaky gut syndrome.

 

Leaky gut syndrome allows intestinal fluid to enter your blood stream directly through the fissures in the lining – which can cause major health issues, from inflammation to nutrient deficiencies, and hyper sensitivity to other foods.

 

Celiac Disease

One of the diseases linked to extreme gluten sensitivity is Celiac disease. Celiac is digestive disorder which causes the lining of the intestine to become incapable of absorbing nutrients. It can cause terrible nausea, and stomach cramps, lethargy and general poor health. Because your body isn’t able to absorb iron and other nutrients you can become anaemic and malnourished, even though you are eating foods rich in iron and nutrients. Your body simply can’t absorb them.

 

Gluten or Modern methods – what’s the real problem?

While those with serious cases such as Celiac disease may never be able to eat gluten and be healthy, not every gluten intolerant person is really allergic to gluten.

One of the major issues is the way our food is treated.

Many people who appear to be appear to be suffering from gluten-related health issues, are actually just reacting to the pesticides and treatments used in modern grain farming.

 

The wheat we eat today is nothing like the wheat of 100 years ago. Thanks to crop hybridisation, there is much more gluten protein in modern wheat than there used to be. We are also using pure wheat in our modern flour, whereas before it would have been mixed with other grains. This super-refined, extra glutinous flour is the base of most of the modern diet.

 

In addition, we are eating non-organic wheat which is grown using Monsanto’s controversial Roundup – the Glyphosate based herbicide that is known for causing illness, allergies, and a variety of chronic disorders, including cancer. The Glyphosate also changes the structure of the gluten proteins, making them harder than ever for your body to digest.

 

Gluten Free might be No Better

After reading about what too much gluten non-organic grains can do to you, you might be thinking of cutting all gluten out of your diet forever. But going gluten-free might be just as bad for you!

 

The problems with Gluten free alternatives

 

Low Nutritional Value

According to a Consumer Report conducted by the University of Texas, found that going gluten free without the help of a nutritionist could quickly lead to nutritional deficiencies.

Because so many people believe that they are eating something healthy just because it’s gluten free, they don’t take the time to discover that the alternatives to wheat fli=our are not fortified with iron, vitamins and minerals, like wheat flour is. These people often don’t realise how much they were relying on that fortification for a healthy nutrition balance.

 

Added Sugar, Salt and Fat

Another unexpected nasty that often occurs in gluten free foods – is that they contain higher sugar, sodium and fat levels in order to make up for the change in taste, texture and consistency. So, although you aren’t eating gluten, you are loading up on other dangerous things instead.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Dallas found that Walmart Blueberry muffins contained 340 calories and 24 grams of sugar. The Gluten free muffin contained 370 calories and 31 grams of sugar! Similar comparisons were found in a variety of food stuffs from a variety of outlets.

 

Blood Pressure Regulation & Healthy Bacteria

Some studies have found that gluten has positive effects on triglycerides which can improve your blood pressure, and that eating a gluten free diet reduces your good gastric bacteria.

 

So, what is the right thing to do? Eat it or leave it?

 

Who can safely eat Gluten?

 

With all of these seemingly conflicting facts about gluten out there, how can we know what to do to be healthy? The answer is actually quite simple.

 

Find out your story first. Before you commit to this or that diet, figure out what your personal needs are. If you suspect you might have Celiac disease, go for a formal assessment, and find out for sure. Those who genuinely have Celiac disease need to avoid gluten in all forms.

 

Change your way of life. If you have Celiac disease it’s not enough to just order the gluten free muffin. It might be nice for an occasional treat, but you actually have to change your entire diet to include more home-made food, raw food and whole foods. Processed foods need to leave your shopping list forever.

 

Choose to Eat Organic. Anything processed and sugar loaded is going to be bad for. It’s okay to eat some gluten in your diet, if you make sure you choose organic grown grains, and unprocessed food. Buy your own organic stone-ground flour and make your own bread.

With the modern bread makers at our disposal it can be as easy as setting a timer and throwing the ingredients together.

Other good choices include large-flake rolled oats (which you cook yourself) rather than quick cooking oats. Check the label to ensure that it’s not mixed with anything else. Oats contains some gluten, but if you choose the organic, non-processed variety (and you don’t have Celiac) this amount of gluten shouldn’t hurt you.

Your best choice is always to investigate your food. Check the labels and if there is anything you don’t understand avoid it until you have had a chance to investigate. Remember – when in doubt, cook from scratch, use whole, raw ingredients, and avoid anything flavored or processed.

Gluten free or not ultimately lies with your digestive system. After all, gluten can cause leaky gut or celiac disease.

If you have a weak digestive system, and suffering from digestive issues, go to the next page and learn more about the 3 tips to reverse these digestive-related issues –

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What Are Your Odds of Getting Cancer?

May 8, 2017 by admin in Health News with 1 Comment

A few days ago, another friend posted her photo on Facebook of herself lying in the hospital, undergoing chemotherapy.

Sad to say, she is a third friend I saw this year diagnosed with cancer.

Over the years, I have seen many of friends lose to the fight with cancer and the numbers are still increasing over the years.

Deep down inside, many of us are afraid that one day it might be our turn or someone close to us.

Does it ever cross your mind –

What are your odds of getting cancer?

Let’s take a close look at the numbers released by the American Cancer Society.

It’s hard to believe but a staggering 1 in 2 men in the U.S. will develop some sort of cancer in his lifetime.

Only marginally better, 1 in 3 women in the U.S. will develop some sort of cancer in her lifetime.

The lifetime risks for men and women to develop certain types of cancer are slightly different. In fact, they only differ in cancer type by their respective top cancers. Below is a list for the most common cancers that develop in men and women, separately.

Top three lifetime cancers for men

Prostate cancer – about 1 out of 7 men develop this cancer at some point in their life.

Lung & bronchus cancer – about 1 out of 14 men develop this cancer at some point in their life.

Colon & rectum cancer – about 1 out of 21 chance men develop this cancer at some point in their life.

 

Top three lifetime cancers for women

Breast cancer – about 1 out of 8 women develop this cancer at some point in their life.

Lung & bronchus cancer – about 1 out of 17 women develop this cancer at some point in their life.

Colon & rectum cancer – about 1 out of 23 women develop this cancer at some point in their life.

As you can see, the top cancers for both men and women have an approximately 15% chance (give or take a few percent) of developing over a lifetime. Surprisingly, the next two common cancers that develop in both men and women are of the same type (lung and colon respectively).

 

What does these statistics mean?

The risks listed above are NOT an individual’s risk for developing cancer. These are the odds for men and women on average to develop particular types of cancer, over the course of a lifetime. This is an important point to understand when reading about cancer statistics (and any other statistic).

Absolute risk

This type of risk measures the chance that a person will develop a certain disease over a certain period of time. For example, the statistic above that states “1 out of 7 men develop prostate cancer at some point in their life” is a statistic for all men in general, regardless of age or other risk factors.

The pitfall of this statistic is that it does not accurately represent risk for men of all ages. Example: a 25 year old man certainly has a lower risk of developing prostate cancer than a 75 year old man, since the risk of cancer increases with age.

 

When risk increases based on certain factors

As more and more research is done on cancer, it is revealed that certain factors seem to increase rates of cancer. Some of these factors are simply inevitable such as age or genetics, but that does not mean we need to accept defeat. Many of the factors that increase the risk for cancer are easily avoidable.

Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular factors that are known to increase the risk of cancer.

 

Three lifestyle factors that increase the risk of cancer

Obesity

Increasing rates of obesity spell new health challenges for people of all ages. Not only does obesity increase the chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes and heart problems, it has been shown to increase the chance of developing cancer.

Some cancers that have an increased rate of occurring with obesity are:

  • Breast
  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Pancreatic
  • Gallbladder
  • Ovarian
  • Thyroid

Here are several suspected reasons why obesity may cause increased rates of cancer.

  1. Low levels of chronic inflammation causes DNA damage, which tends to increase cancer.
  2. Fat tissue releases excessive amounts of estrogen which may promote specific cancers (e.g. breast cancer, ovarian cancer).
  3. Increased levels of insulin is a preceding symptom of Type 2 Diabetes, but also may increase risk of colon, kidney, and prostate cancers.

Keeping weight off could be as simple as being more active and choosing healthier eating habits.

Alcohol

Despite alcohol’s known harmful health effects, it remains one of the most popular intoxicants for adults in the U.S. In general, the more alcohol one drinks over their life, the more their risk increases for the particular cancers associated with its consumption.

Cancers that show increased incidence from alcohol consumption are:

  • Mouth
  • Throat
  • Esophogeal
  • Liver
  • Breast

Some of the reasons alcohol may increase risk of cancer are:

  1. The breakdown of ethanol in the body creates acetaldehyde, which is toxic to the body and can damage DNA (which increases cancer risk).
  2. Breaking down alcohol creates molecules that hold oxygen. When this happens, the molecules can react with DNA, causing damage with a process called oxidation.
  3. Alcohol depletes the body of, and inhibits its ability to breakdown important vitamins such as: B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin D. The lack of absorption nutrients in the long term may increase the risks of some cancers.

Smoking

You’ve seen the campaigns rallying against it. You’ve seen the warnings on the sides of the packages. Smoking cigarettes is quite possibly the most notoriously infamous lifestyle choice that is associated with cancer. This is no coincidence, considering smoking is a cause of 4 out of 5 lung cancer cases. This is not good news, since lung cancer is one of the least treatable forms of cancer.

Some of the cancers that are linked to smoking cigarettes are:

  • Lung
  • Esophogeal
  • Throat
  • Mouth
  • Stomach
  • Bladder
  • Pancreatic

Smoking has an especially negative affect on the body because the cancer-causing toxins enter the bloodstream through the lungs. Other reasons that smoking increases cancer risk are:

  1. Harmful chemicals in cigarettes such as benzene and nitrosamines damage DNA, which causes cancer.
  2. Unhealthy lungs and blood from smoking lowers the body’s immune system as well as inhibit the body’s natural detoxifying effects. This can increase the risk of developing all sorts of cancers.

Know the risks. Be healthy

The 3 risk factors above are things that you can control. By lowering these 3 factors, you can significantly lower your risk of getting cancer.

Nutrition also plays a huge role in the successful prevention of cancer. Boosting the immune system and preventing cancer cells from even starting to grow is the key to reducing your risk. Taking nutrients like Beta Glucan can help to boost your immune system tremendously.

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