Adopting a healthy lifestyle by improving our diet, exercising regularly, and taking care of our mental and spiritual health is an effective way to improve wellness and prevent disease. Unfortunately, it does take some effort to make healthy changes and make sure that we have the tools we need always on hand. This can be even more challenging when we are on the road, but it is well worth the extra effort in order to lower disease risk and live the best, healthiest life possible.
For those who have a family history of breast cancer, are concerned about your breast cancer risk or are currently living with breast cancer, it is particularly important to find ways to stick to your anti-cancer lifestyle while traveling. Fortunately, there are a few super-simple ways you can naturally lower your breast cancer risk or better manage breast cancer.
One of the easiest ways to prevent and treat breast cancer naturally during RV road trips is to stay active. Explore a ghost town, wander down the aisles of a craft fair, take morning walks or bring along your bike to ride into town to pick up essentials. Regular, low-impact exercise – like walking, tai chi, yoga or swimming – is an anti-cancer activity that nearly everyone can do. The World Health Organization reports a 20 to 40 percent decrease in breast cancer risk in physically active women, so don’t forget to pack your walking shoes before your next road trip.
You also need to make sure you are getting good sleep while on the road. This might mean closing down the campfire early, investing in a better mattress for your RV or looking into natural sleep aids, but getting plenty of high-quality sleep is an important part of reducing your breast cancer risk. Melatonin – a hormone related to sleep – is believed to significantly slow the growth of breast cancer cells, so if you are not getting good sleep, you might want to have your melatonin level checked and talk to your healthcare professional about whether or not a melatonin supplement should be considered.
It is no secret that a plant-based diet that includes whole grains, low-fat protein sources and healthy fats is one of the best ways to achieve better overall health and wellness. When you are battling any type of cancer or trying to lower your risk for developing cancer, eating well is even more important. An anti-inflammatory diet that has few dairy products, and plenty of antioxidant-rich vegetables and organic, whole foods, is an important part of breast cancer prevention and treatment.
With just these three simple lifestyle adjustments, you can reduce your risk for developing breast cancer, or more effectively manage this disease, whether you are at home or on the road.