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Cancer continues to be one of the biggest killers across the Western world. The risk factors vary for different people, with smoking, an unhealthy diet and an inactive lifestyle all contributing towards a greater chance of developing the condition.

Our awareness of these risk factors has increased considerably in recent years; as has the ability of medical experts to detect and treat the disease. This is all great news of course. However there are a number other things that form part of your everyday lifestyle which can also raise your chances of developing cancer.

Here are sixteen of the things you need to be aware of which might be increasing your cancer risk.

Candles

Candles

Many of us burn candles in our homes to produce a more romantic environment or to create a lovely scented aroma. Many modern candles contain something called paraffin wax which is a derivative of the petroleum industry. While making candle manufacturing much easier, this product releases numerous carcinogens such as ketones and toluene as they burn.

The occasional candle in the home certainly won’t cause too many problems, but if you use them regularly try using natural beeswax candles as an alternative. Whatever type you burn in your house ensure that your rooms are well ventilated to ensure the fumes are able to escape.

A whole new arena of diets and advice has now grown up promoting the benefits of eating raw foods including fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Advocates have suggested eating food that has been cooked above 130ºF can cause numerous complaints and illnesses. A diet consisting of nothing but uncooked food doesn’t claim to be a complete cure all, indeed it might even leave you short of certain key nutrients, but increasing the amount of raw food in your diet can really help improve your well-being. Whatever your lifestyle though, here are five great reasons to get more raw food into your diet.

1. Maximize the nutrition in your diet

Max Nutrition

Some methods of cooking can actually reduce the levels of important vitamins and minerals in your food. In some cases, as much as eighty percent of nutrients like vitamin C and folic acid are removed. This means sources of these nutrients like kale, broccoli and cauliflower are ideally eaten raw. If crunching on these veggies as whole foods seems unappealing, simply throw them into a blender alongside your favorite ingredients.

It is also worth knowing that the cooking process can also actually help make some vitamins more readily available in our food. This means a combination of raw and lightly cooked vegetables makes for the ideal diet.

The health of our children is one of the most important things to consider in our lives. This is why we do all we can to protect them from harm wherever we can. Keeping an eye on what our children eat is something we probably all do; however sometimes it is much easier and more convenient to simply reach for the prepackaged snack or processed food and let them have that as a treat. Perhaps this doesn’t really sound too serious but sometimes the food contains things we would rather they didn’t eat. Here are twenty familiar foods that could be causing some serious side effects for your children.

1. Fruit bars
1-fruit bars
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Sometimes when the kids want something quick and convenient to snack on between meals you might be tempted to give them one of the range of fruit bars on the market. Containing the word “fruit”, the assumption is that these snacks must be OK for the kids.

Some bars on the market are genuinely healthy and contain largely natural ingredients. However others consist of what equates to a fruit jam, containing numerous artificial colorings and additives. Some of these colorings have been linked to the development of thyroid tumors.

Billions of dollars are invested each year in cancer treatment and research across the world, but a healthy lifestyle is still the number one way of preventing the disease. Experts, like those at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, say that developing a healthy diet in particular is one of the easiest and most effective ways to help prevent cancer. A low-fat diet that contains a wide variety of different vegetables and fruits is highly recommended. To help guide you, here are ten foods that form a key part of a powerful anti-cancer diet.

Raspberries

Raspberries

Many different fruits contain vitamins and minerals that can help fight cancer. Raspberries in particular contain a chemical that converts into ellagic acid in the body. This chemical can actually inhibit the growth of cancer cells by stopping the formation of new blood vessels that would potentially feed these cancerous cells. It can also combat free radicals in the body which are known to cause mutations in cells which cause cancer. Raspberries are an easy fruit to incorporate into your diet. A small handful, a few days each week is enough to give you all the cancer fighting benefits. Scroll down and click next to see the rest.

We all know that a strong heart is essential to our overall health. But as well as looking after our hearts we need to make sure that our whole circulatory system is in good condition. This includes our arteries which can clog up over time due to unhealthy lifestyles. Plaque can build up in our blood vessels and inflammation can also occur. This leads to increased blood pressure and the potential for serious cardiovascular problems.

Many people take prescribed medication to deal with these health problems, this can lead to unwanted side effects. You may be able to get off the medication if you make the proper lifestyle changes – always consult a doctor first. There are certain foods you can eat that can help unclog your arteries. The foods on this list contain antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients that all contribute to your general cardiovascular health. Try to get them into your diet regularly to get healthier arteries.

1. Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds
Described as a super food, chia seeds are an ingredient that can regulate your blood pressure and have a positive impact on your cholesterol levels. As well as containing a great shot of fiber these seeds also contain a fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid which is essential for your cardiovascular health.

Chia seeds are also great for providing an extra boost of energy when exercising. Ancient Aztec warriors used them during battle for extra strength, and runners and athletes today continue to get benefits from these tiny packets of concentrated energy. Scroll down and hit next to read on…

Artificial teeth whitening has become extremely popular over recent years. We all want gleaming, shiny, white teeth like the celebrities and there are any number of procedures and products all designed to give us a smile to be proud of. These aren’t for everyone though, and many of the commercial treatments can be expensive. Especially when you consider that there are plenty of natural alternatives you can incorporate into your diet instead which help give you whiter, healthier teeth. Here are ten of the best.

Water

Water

The health benefits of water for your overall health are almost too numerous to mention. Even your teeth are helped by drinking it. Firstly swilling your mouth out with water after having dark foods and drinks can stop stains being caused in the first place.

Plenty of water in your diet also controls acidity in the mouth. High acidity is a major cause of damage to tooth enamel; and because the enamel never grows back, teeth can be left vulnerable to staining and other more serious problems.

When it comes to alcohol there is a tendency for many of us to over indulge; whether it is that extra beer or two at the pub after work, the glass (or bottle) of wine to relax when you get home or the weekend party that leaves you fuzzy headed the next morning.

These excesses are enjoyable at the time but sometimes leave your body a little worse for wear; particularly your poor overworked liver. The good news is that, while cutting down a bit on our alcohol intake is invariably a positive step forward, there are also some foods that we can build into our diets to help reverse some of the damage we’ve already done to our liver. Here are just a few of them.

Broccoli

Brocolli

Broccoli, alongside similar cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, increases the amount of glucosulphate in your system. This chemical helps the liver to produce natural enzymes which eliminate carcinogens and other toxins in your blood. Broccoli also contains lots of vitamin B6, lutein and folate which have numerous other health benefits for the blood and wider immune systems.

Perhaps these vegetables aren’t the most exciting additions to an evening meal but, be creative with your recipes, and your liver will thank you in the long run.

Cancer is one of the biggest killers in the modern world. It is estimated that as many as half of us will be affected by the disease at some time in our lives. But advances in clinical treatment mean that survival rates continue to rise. There are also things you can do yourself to ensure that your risks are reduced.

Certain lifestyle factors, such as diet, exercise and smoking have a direct impact on your chances of developing cancer. However early detection is still the best way to increase the chances of it being treated successfully. It is thought that hundreds of thousands of deaths could be avoided worldwide each year if people went to their doctor earlier to report their symptoms.

Many symptoms could indicate nothing serious and can be treated very easily. But if it does prove to be cancer, early presentation at your doctor will give you the best possible chance of it being treated successfully. Here are some of the things to watch out for.

Detectable Lumps

Lumps

A number of cancers can be identified by locating new, or changing lumps in various parts of your body. Testicular cancer is most frequently identified by finding a small lump or slight swelling in a testicle. Similarly, symptoms of breast cancer include a lump in the breast or even a change in the size or shape of the breasts. Lumps elsewhere can also be a sign of cancer including in the neck, armpits or groin.

Checking yourself regularly is one the best ways of identifying problems early. Lumps can be explained in many other ways such as minor cysts or lipoma but it is always best to get them checked out by a professional.

We all know the potential harm that smoking can cause. A significant number of smokers develop serious conditions each year, and many of these are related to the lungs. Of course stopping smoking altogether is still the single best way of avoiding these illnesses. But there are also other things you can do to help clean up your lungs and the rest of your body.

Here are eight great foods and drinks that every (ex) smoker should know about to help have healthier lungs.

Onions

Onions
Onions have been used for many centuries for their various medicinal properties. Recent research has shown that these powerful vegetables can help with a whole host of conditions that includes coughs, angina, bacterial infections, and even the common cold.

When it comes to helping with respiratory problems and clearing out the lungs onions contain sulfur rich compounds which help with lung related conditions such as asthma and severe coughing. The strong compounds also help break down phlegm in the lungs ensuring they are clear and able to function more effectively.

And the great thing about onion is that they are already a key ingredient in many delicious recipes. Scroll down and hit Next to read the rest of the article.

Brazil Nuts

Brazilian Nuts

Brazil nuts are one of the best known sources of a mineral called selenium. This trace element has been linked, in a number of studies, to a reduced risk of death from lung cancer. Those people with higher levels of the mineral had much better survival rates. There is a note of caution here though. Too much selenium in your diet can actually be toxic so be careful not to over indulge.

Brazil nuts are also contain vitamin E which is great for your overall immune system too. They can also be a great source of the “good” fats that your body needs to function effectively.

Rates of Alzheimer’s across the world are growing significantly, and research continues into finding a cure. But there are some very simple things you can do right now to keep those neurons in your brain firing and to ensure your brain retains its ability to operate at the maximum level.

An active lifestyle has been shown to have an effect on your chances of developing the disease in later life. But there are also certain foods that have been linked to lower rates of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Here are seven super foods to help keep your brain and memory in top working order.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

As well as actually looking like a brain, cauliflower also does your neural networks and memory a great deal of good. This brilliant vegetable is full of vitamin K which has been found to help slow down the ageing process in the whole body, and this includes the brain. Cauliflower also contains folate which is a trace element linked to positive mental health.

Cauliflower can also be surprisingly versatile when it comes to puttig it on your plate. As well as cooking it under lashings of cheese sauce why not try putting it through a ricer, or mashing it to replace potatoes.