By Batista Gremaud
When the Unthinkable Happens!
Feeling self-defeated when you or a loved one is diagnosed with bone cancer, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, or some other form of cancer can be overwhelming.
However, the C-word, Cancer, is not a death sentence.
The fact is there were 3.5 million fewer cancer deaths during the years 1991 to 2019, according to the latest data. In addition, the cancer recovery rate for men and women combined has increased by 32% from previous years.
Nevertheless, cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US after heart disease. According to the American Cancer Society, we expect 1.9 million new cancer cases in 2022.
A Healthy Lifestyle Helps Prevent and Fight Cancer.
The first step is detoxifying the body, which boosts the immune system and helps fight, repair, and heal compromised cells.
Cancerous cells show a dysfunctional cellular metabolism. As a result, your body's innate detoxification organs and systems may be compromised, affecting your immune system, contributing to cellular dysfunction, and robbing your body of its health, energy, and resources.
The body is a self-healing mechanism. Giving it what it needs can repair damaged tissue, fight infection and cure itself.
Dos and don'ts to increase your body's natural energy production.
Drink alcohol in moderation
Eat a healthy diet based on fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans while limiting processed foods.
Maintain a healthy weight
Protect yourself from the sun
Get a lot of sleep
Cancer Patients Who Exercise Have a Better Prognosis than Inactive Patients.
Researchers at Karolinska Institute in Sweden found a potential reason exercise helps slow down cancer growth in mice: Physical activity changes the metabolism of the immune system's cytotoxic T cells and improves their ability to attack cancer cells.
Exercise also improves the heart, lungs, and other body systems substantially.
Cancer Prevention: New Studies Highlight The Benefits of Strength Training.
Research by the University of Sydney found that strength training was significantly more likely than cardio to prevent premature cancer-related deaths.
The 80,000 adults thirty years and up who participated did strength training just twice a week. Almost one-third (31 percent) were less likely to die from cancer. Aerobic exercises alone did not reduce a person's risk of dying from cancer. Combining aerobic and strength training had the best outcomes, dropping the death rate by 23 percent.
Strength Training is Beneficial for Cancer Patients in Multiple Ways.
Strength training lowers the levels of hormones, such as estrogen and insulin, which correlate with the development and progression of cancerous cells. Post-menopausal women who increase their physical activity and incorporate strength training lower their risk of breast cancer.
Strength training alters the metabolism by developing lean muscle mass, which results in decreased exposure to the bile acids of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, it reduces inflammation and boosts the immune system, allowing the body to fight diseases and function properly.
It increases muscular strength, self-esteem, happiness, and quality of life while decreasing fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
Even when diagnosed with cancer, starting a strength-training program can yield positive outcomes.
After diagnosis, typically, people slow down; stress, depression, and fatigue set in. In addition, treatment tends to make a person less active, aggravating the situation. Therefore, starting a strength-training program as soon as possible is highly recommended.
Strength training lifts your mood and increases self-confidence. It makes you stronger and improves balance, making daily activities easier to perform. As a result, you will have more energy and reduce the risk of losing bone mass (osteoporosis), which some cancer treatments can cause. For example, one week of being bedridden produces the equivalent of 1-year bone loss. Contrary to popular belief, osteoporosis is reversible. Bone is alive and can regenerate. Strength training is the no1 scientifically proven sport to fight osteoporosis.
Cancer Survivors Can Reduce Their Risk of Recurrence with Strength Training.
Strength training can also help shorten the time spent in the hospital by making your treatment more effective at destroying tumor cells, as it boosts the immune system.
Studies conducted by the Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, suggest that increased physical activity reduces the risk of cancer returning, which is one of the biggest fear of every cancer survivor.
Strength Training Strengthens the Nervous System, Making it Resistant to Disease.
Neuroscientists study the nervous system functions in both healthy and diseased conditions.
The nervous system affects virtually every facet of our health and well-being. For example, it controls routine activities such as waking up, automatic actions such as breathing, and intricate functions such as thinking, reading, remembering, and feeling emotions.
A strong and grounded nervous system promotes healing in the body. Recent studies demonstrate that lifting weights strengthens the nervous system.
It is safe to believe that the impact strength training has on the nervous system is accountable for positive results in treating illnesses such as various cancers, addiction recovery, and injuries.
Get Expert Advice Before Starting an Exercise Regimen.
Seek the advice of a professional that can design an effective workout plan for you and help you achieve your fitness goals gradually and safely.
However, before starting any exercise program, consult your physician to ensure it is right for you. The information provided in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Cancer is a devastating diagnosis, but it is possible to recover from. The key is finding a suitable treatment plan that works for you and not underestimating the power of a healthy lifestyle and strength training.
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Batista Gremaud is the CEO and president of Dr. Fitness International, International Body Designer, Strength Training Expert, No1 Best Selling author of Feminine Body Design, Empowering Fitness For A Pain-Free Life, co-creator of the Feminine Body Design online strength training mentoring system, co-host of the Esoteric Principles of Bodybuilding, and producer of the Dr. Fitness USA’s show; Recipient of the most outstanding fitness program 2019 by The Winners Circle, Mastermind at Sea.
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