Friday, October 28, 2011

Ways to Fight Cancer by our first guest blogger, Liz Davies

I was recent contacted by Liz Davies regarding being a guest blogger on  As a Health and Wellness website, it's important to be aware of health concerns across the board.  The information she provides here is great and I am happy to relay the article she has written. If you are interested in contacting her, please feel free to contact me to get her email address for more information. (I am not posting her email address her due to those nasty spambots that could find her!) 

Presenting:  Nanfit's first guest blogger!!!

Ways to Fight Cancer

Everyone wants to avoid cancer or if they are already suffering, do everything possible to diminish the effects of the cancer treatment and prevent any further progression or re-occurrence of the cancer. In addition to the medical treatment plan, regular exercise can help aid in fighting cancer, as well as help to prevent cancer. Additionally, exercise can help reduce the side effects of some cancer-fighting drugs and improve the patient's overall state of mind. This is true for people with various types of cancer ranging from people with low-survival-rate cancers like pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma to people with higher-survival-rate cancers like testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

Below are several ideas for exercise to prevent cancer and help lessen side effects from cancer treatment.

Take a brisk walk. Walking is a low-impact exercise with many health benefits. Studies show that walking 20 to 30 minutes, 4 to 5 times per week can greatly improve overall mental and physical health. Walking works to strengthen virtually every muscle group in the body. Stronger muscles, especially in the core, help with energy levels and overall health in the body. If possible, walk outside for further benefits. Being outdoors for 15 to 30 minutes per day allows your skin to absorb essential vitamins from the sun, such as vitamin D and K. Walking, especially outdoors, boosts moods and burns fat cells. Cancer tends to grow in fatty cells in the body, so walking works to protect the body from cancer.

Try Yoga. Yoga works to bring peace and health to the mind, body and spirit. Yoga helps improve flexibility and strength. Yoga is also a great stress reliever. Stress can break down the body's immune system and leave the body weak and more prone to illnesses such as cancer. There are many Yoga videos on the internet. Just doing a simple search on "yoga" will provide hundreds of Yoga videos and exercises. For face to face instruction, try joining a yoga class. This interaction with others is also good for overall mental health as well.

Take a swim. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise because it works virtually every muscle group while remaining 'weightless'. The water is a great place for anyone with any sort of chronic pain or fatigue to exercise. Because the water carries the body weight, swimming is not at all hard on joints or areas of the body that might have pain. Many people cannot feel the pain they have while they are in the water. Swimming is an excellent way to strengthen the heart as well. Swimming 20 to 30 minutes, 4 to 5 times per week will build muscle, relax the mind and provide an overall strength to the body and mind.

In conclusion, there are many ways to use exercise to improve overall mental and physical health to both prevent and deal with cancer.

Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives because she sees how cancer has devastated so many people in this world. Liz also likes running, playing lacrosse, reading and playing with her dog, April.

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