Established over a decade ago, World Cancer Day aims to promote research for curing and preventing cancer, keeping it in the hearts and minds of people around the world. It’s also a good opportunity to remind ourselves to make healthy choices to help reduce our risk of developing this disease. Just three actions can prevent more than 1/3 of common cancers:
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Be physically active.
One of the keys to healthy diet is to avoid sugary drinks, like pop or juice. Wherever possible, try to rely on water to quench
your thirst. While the recommended number of glasses per day varies, suffice it to say that more is better. If you’re currently drinking two or three glasses a day, try stretching that to four or five. Need some help to get started drinking water? Here’s a great list from Lifehacks to inspire you. With regard to number three, Make it Taste Nice, sometimes it’s not so much that water tastes bland but that we are sensitive to the chlorine taste, which is the result of many municipal disinfection processes. You don’t necessarily need to turn to bottled water to get the “pure” taste you are seeking; talk to a water treatment specialist about carbon filtration.
For many of us, the first step to maintaining a healthy weight is losing a few pounds. As it turns out, drinking more water can help lose weight, too. Starting your day with warm water and lemon is supposed to stimulate digestion and prime your body for the day. Drinking water before meals helps you feel full sooner, so you eat less at each meal. We also get water from the foods we eat, so adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet not only supports your goal of getting more water to feel fuller but is essential for maintaining a healthy diet. It’s a win-win!
Lastly, adding physical activity to each day can help improve health and mood, but also reduce the risk of cancer. Be mindful of the duration of your activities and the temperature, especially if exercising outdoors. Both the weather (particularly high heat) and how long your work out can significantly impact your need for hydration during and after your activities. Again, reach for water first and don’t be fooled into thinking you need a sugar-packed “sports” drink.
Water is an important factor in these three simple actions that can reduce your cancer risk and help to lessen the global burden of this disease. If you have any concerns about the quality of your water – be they taste or safety related – speak to your local water treatment specialist.