Do you live on fast food and energy drinks? Can you not even remember the last time you drank a glass of pure water? If so, you’re increasing your risk of developing colon cancer. This article explains why you may need to get a colonoscopy much earlier than 50 years old and what foods you should eat to decrease your cancer risk.
Should You Wait to Get a Colonoscopy?
According to the American Cancer Society, men should start getting a colonoscopy every ten years starting at age 50. But does this mean you? Should you really wait until you’re fifty years old to start getting yourself checked for colon cancer? This may depend on your family history, diet, and lifestyle.
Foods That Increase Colon Cancer Risk
What’s your diet like? Let’s take a look at some dietary factors that increase the risk of colon cancer:
- Eating large quantities of red meat
- A diet filled with processed foods
- Inadequate fiber intake
- Little to no vegetable or fruit consumption
- Inadequate water intake
If the diet above sounds familiar, you’re more than doubling your risk for the development of colon cancer and should have yourself screened for colon cancer and other colorectal problems well before the age of 50.
According to research, men who consume large quantities of spirits (hard liquor) triple their risk factor for developing colon cancer. If your drinking has gotten out of control and is beginning to negatively affect your life and your health, you’re not alone and it’s not too late. There is help and support out there for alcoholics (even for those who are not interested in step-programs).
Alternatives to Colonoscopy
Men who are concerned about the possible dangers of getting a colonoscopy have some alternatives to choose from. Doctors can check for blood in stools, polyps, fissures, and other possible pre-cursors to colon cancer by these alternatives methods:
- Finger examination
- Stool test
- Blood test
- Abdominal X-Ray
- CT Scan
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Natural Ways to Improve Colon Health
Believe it or not, it’s not hard at all to improve your colon health. You just have to be willing to make a few necessary changes.
If you dine almost exclusively on processed food, junk food, and microwavable meals, you’re not only increasing your risk of developing heart problems and autoimmune disease, you’re inviting colon cancer into your life.
Think about it: Dead food in, dead food out. Where are the nutrients?
For better colon and overall health, dine on a whole-food diet of organic lean red meat, chicken, and wild-caught fish, organic vegetables and fruit, whole non-gluten grains* such as quinoa, amaranth, and millet, and natural yogurt for a more balanced digestive system.
*Gluten products such as wheat, barley, and rye can increase intestinal inflammation. 1 in 100 people are gluten intolerant and unaware of it. Continued consumption of gluten by a gluten intolerant person also greatly increases your risk of developing colon cancer.
Probiotics are the live, active cultures found in yogurt, kefir, and other fermented foods. Adding more probiotic-filled foods to your diet can help prevent constipation, gas, belly bloating, and colon cancer.
If you’re not having at least 2 healthy bowel movements per day, you’re constipated. Dehydration, antihistamines, gastrointestinal illness, and dietary factors can contribute to chronic constipation.
Adding a bulk fiber supplement to your diet can help clean you out. I’ve been using Yerba Prima psyllium fiber for years and though it may not be the best-tasting thing you’ve ever drank, it’s a natural laxative that gets the job done.
If you’ve never heard of a coffee enema, you’re not alone. The first time I’d ever heard of one was watching this incredible hour-long movie called, “The Beautiful Truth”, which offers natural solutions for cancer sufferers.
It may seem strange to you to put coffee up your butt, but according to testimonials, it is an excellent, safe, effective way to detoxify your colon. Click on the upcoming link to learn the step-by-step procedure for doing a coffee enema.
Men who consume large quantities of conventionally-prepared red meat, energy drinks, processed foods and alcohol are at an increased risk for developing colon cancer. If you’re unwilling to change your diet and lifestyle to stay healthy, you must get checked for colon cancer well before the age of 50. Your life could depend on it.
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