On the 27th of September, the ninth edition of the 5k Race for the Cure, the non-profit organization named after Susan G. Komen and dedicated to raising funds for the fight against breast cancer took place in Italy with a massive turn out.
We all have the possibility to do our best stay healthy as long as possible. We should learn to take our well-being seriously. Taking care of our bodies, our minds and our environment helps keep us in a healthy balance. The results of laboratory and population studies in 1997, in 2007 and, more recently, in 2014 are in!
The focus of these studies was to determine the possible correlations between lifestyle and some chronic diseases, including cancer. To date, some of the results were confirmed, some not. Our knowledge and research continues to grow (we await the next report in 2017). Meanwhile some of the results are clear and can serve to consciously guide our daily decisions.
The World Cancer Research Fund and the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition are international scientific entities that have summarized the results of these studies in some RECOMMENDATIONS.
Ways to stay healthy
MAINTAIN your normal weight: we focus on abdominal (belly) fat, the one considered the most “dangerous”. The waist circumference should not exceed 88 cm for women and 102 cm for men. Avoid obesity and frequent blood sugar spikes
LIMIT HIGH DENSITY FOOD ‘CALORIE DRINKS AND AVOID SUGAR
BE MORE ACTIVE (I know that you who follow Horizon’s Sports are already active !)
EAT LOTS OF VEGETABLES: every day at least 600 grams of fruit and vegetables
LIMIT BEEF AND AVOID THE SAUSAGE: it is strongly recommended not to exceed 500 grams of meat per week; meat and sausages contain preservatives, namely nitrites and nitrates (E250 / E252) that are harmful to the organism, therefore … learn to read labels!
LIMIT USE OF ALCOHOL: max 1 drink per day for women and two for men.
NEVER USE TOBACCO.
LIMIT THE SALT: we Italians consume on average, and per capita daily, double the 5 grams that are allowed per day.
FOOD SUPPLEMENTS TO BE RESTRICTED TO MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS.
BREAST FEED YOUR CHILD.
FOLLOWING THE ABOVE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE EFFECTIVE FOR ANY AGE ‘AND AT ANY TIME OF LIFE.
GOOD HEALTH TO EVERYONE! Dr. Chiara Zaglia – Psychotherapist