It goes without saying that a healthy diet, combined with regular exercise, equals fantastic holistic benefits – like cancer for example. But while we’re often reminded how a healthy lifestyle can potentially wane off such a varied disease, you’d be surprised to learn that some of the guiltier enjoyments in life can also supposedly help keep cancer at bay. Whether you relish your morning cup of Joe, dancing until the unknown hours, or simply enjoy a good nap; these are just a few examples of the things we love in life… that also happen to be cancer preventing.
10 Cancer Prevention Guilty Pleasures
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Three cups of coffee a day will speed up your digestion, give you the energy boost you need and can stop skin cancer. You probably never dreamed that the guilty pleasure of coffee could have such an impact on your life.
In fact it has been noted that people who drank three or more cups of coffee each day were twenty one per cent less likely to get skin cancer.
There is a good reason to eat chocolate; the cocoa in chocolate is known to prevent colon cancer. Cocoa has now been reclassified as a super food. Studies carried out on rats proved the preventative effects of cocoa.
Everything you read these days tells you the dangers of alcohol, but in fact red wine, in moderation, can lower the risk of cancer, Alzheimerís and diabetes. Red wine has resveratrol, a supplement found naturally in red grapes, which is a preventer of cancer.
We all know that exercise is good for us and a good way to prevent cancer. You don’t have to feel guilty anymore as you grab your dancing shoes and head off for a night of dancing on a Friday or Saturday night. Dancing is a fantastic physical exercise which can help reduce the risk of cancer.
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Extra oil combined with reheating improves the health benefits you find in tomatoes and could prevent cancer. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a strong antioxidant. This antioxidant is known to prevent cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Recent studies show that popcorn has more antioxidants that any fruit or vegetable. This guilty pleasure is believed to reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men and is also a low calorie choice over crisps or other indulgences.
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Massage has been around for centuries and has been used for healing in Chinese medicine for over four thousand years. Massage reduces the risk of cancer and helps with the healing of chronic illnesses. So a day spent at the spa having a massage is actually good for your health, even though considered a guilty pleasure.
Peanut butter is made from roasted peanuts, but it also is full of monounsaturated fats which are good for protecting against heart disease. The thing about this guilty pleasure is that peanut butter also contains high levels of resveratrol, which is also found in red wine and is good for preventing cancer.
Spicy foods made with oregano, thyme, rosemary, ginger and other spices all help strengthen our immune systems and its a known fact that a strong immune system reduces cancer growth. So next time you think that great looking curry is a guilty pleasure; you can go ahead and order it.
Have a Nap
So many people feel guilty if they have a little nap in the afternoon, but in fact napping reduces stress and lowers our blood pressure, this means a healthy immune system and again a healthy immune system reduces cancer growth.
So there you have it. Next time you feel the guilt sink in after either of these things, just spare a little moment for the potentially positive effects. This isn’t to say you should overindulge though!
Thanks to the folks at PolicyExpert.co.uk for contributing this awesome list.