That age old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, was never more apt than when applied to cancer. A diagnosis of cancer can have devastating effects on a patient and their loved ones. Not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Conventional treatments are often invasive, expensive and in themselves toxic to the human body. With the constant rise in environmental toxins, chemically modified foods and unhealthy lifestyles cancer prevention has never been more important. But how can otherwise healthy individuals guard against this life threatening disease?

Fortunately, there are all natural steps that can be taken to prevent the occurrence of cancer. These techniques are easy to implement, wholly natural, and offer a wide range of health benefits beyond simply the prevention of disease.

Lifestyle and Cancer Prevention

The lifestyle choices we make play a large part in our overall health, including our ability to ward of the development of cancer. Our home and work environment, diet and day to day stress levels all affect our total health. Through specific lifestyle modifications like stress reduction, sleep, diet and exercise, we can greatly reduce the risk for cancer in otherwise healthy body.

Cancer Prevention by Removing Environmental Toxins

It may not be possible to totally eliminate our exposure to all environmental toxins. Unfortunately we live in an age where pollution, chemicals and radioactive toxins permeate nearly every aspect of our day to day lives. But there are certain steps that can be taken to minimize regular exposure. Household cleaning agents, paints and soaps should all be verified as organic and produced from all natural ingredients. Smoking, and the abuse of alcohol, should be totally eliminated from our day to day routines. These are relatively obvious changes that can be made to make our personal environments more health supportive.

Regular detoxification of the body is also a prime ingredient in the prevention of cancer. While we cannot totally eliminate all of the toxins we come into contact with, we can make a concerted effort to cleanse them from the body on a regular basis. Detoxification helps to reduce the level of toxins that accumulate in our tissues and organs, allowing the body to heal itself and maintain a healthy immune system. By strengthening the immune system with regular detox procedures, we restore the body’s natural ability to ward of all diseases, including cancer.

Nutrition and Cancer Prevention

Good nutrition is the best defense against all disease. Recent studies have shown that transitioning to a wholly vegan diet can have a dramatic effect on our overall health. This means the elimination of all animal byproducts from the diet. Not only meat, but milk, cheese, eggs and foods that rely on animal byproducts for stabilizers and flavor enhancers. A healthy vegan diet should include organic fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes. A doctor that is learned in nutrition should be consulted to help devise a balanced diet that provides the appropriate levels of nutrients needed to maintain total health.

As we transition to a vegan diet, the emphasis should be on wholly organic foods. Organic foods, free of chemicals, pesticides and genetic manipulation, offer many cancer fighting properties. A diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables seeds, nuts and avocados helps to optimize the functioning of the immune system, and increases the body’s ability to prevent any unregulated growth of potentially cancerous cells. It also supports the body’s ability to maintain, and repair, itself at the cellular level.

Emotional and Spiritual Well Being

Day to day stresses take their toll on the human body physically, emotionally and spiritually. The buildup of stress robs the body of much of its God given healing power, and the management of stress, anxiety and depression should be paramount in any cancer prevention routine.

Regular meditation on the Word of God gives us release from the day to day strife that can so adversely affect our minds and bodies. By giving our hearts and minds over to His plan and purpose for our lives, we find the inner peace and tranquility that allows our body’s to heal and thrive according to His will. Through spiritual health, we can promote our own mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

At the heart of all disease prevention lies an innate respect for our own bodies (which are the temple of His Spirit), minds and spirits. By giving the body the nutrition it needs to thrive, we give it the power to heal and avert cancer and other diseases. When we feed our spiritual needs as well as we feed our bodies, we embrace the potential for total health.