Positive Lifestyle Changes To Reduce Risk of Cancer - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Written by: Kayleigh White on 26/10/2018 09:05

October is breast cancer awareness month, and Bingo-reviewer are supporting this cause throughout October, by running a series of features with the aim of spreading awareness. You can find more information at Breakthrough Breast Cancer. This article has been specially written for you by Sonia Palecek, a UK-renowned health, fitness and lifestyle expert.

Today we know that lifestyle greatly affects one’s predisposition to certain illnesses and conditions. In Western society cancer has now become number one killer, overtaking cardio pulmonary diseases. What are the main contributors to the rise of this much feared disease and what can we do to minimize the risk of getting it?

It all really comes down to the health of the cell and its environment in our body. Cancer is a formation of cells which have become damaged and have mutated into a cancer-prone cells. If abnormal cells are left to uncontrollably divide they will most likely invade other tissues through the blood and lymph systems.
The question then is:
1. Can the growth and multiplications of the cancer cells be prevented or at least minimized?
2. Can we control the above, at least somewhat?
The answer is yes. Like the seeds in the soil cells need right conditions in order to thrive. Acid environment, sugar, stress, pollutants are all encouraging the cancer to form and spread. Here are ways to reverse the risks and which will also put YOU in charge of your lifestyle and your health:

Deep breathing into the belly will not only oxygenate the cells but will also stimulate the lymph system to flow and to stay clean. Oxygen is the primary ingredient of any living cell and depletion of its levels gives rise to various illnesses including cancer. Transported around the body via the blood it feeds the healthy cells whilst all the waste ends up in the lymph. As the lymph has no pump to move it around the body, conscious breathing is one of the few ways to ensure toxins are leaving the system. Yoga and Pilates are great ways to ensure you are getting a fair amount of deep breathing. If you can not make it to the class, get a DVD and get into the habit of spending at least 5 – 10 minutes a day inhaling into the belly (also called diaphragmatic breathing).

Aerobic exercise – particularly rebounding provides stimulus for a free-flowing lymphatic drainage system. If the lymph does not circulate then the tissues suffocate while stewing in their own acidic waste products (uric acid, lactic acid, cancer cells, bacteria, viruses etc.). These days you can get a good trampoline that can fold, so it is easy and convenient to store at home. Or grab a pair of trainers and go for that run without a delay.

Go Green! This alone will not only neutralize the acidic environment of the blood plasma but will also inhibit the growth of the cancerous cells. Your blood and lymph are designed to be slightly alkaline, however western diet is packed with acidic and acid forming foods lacking real nutrients. Chlorophyll which is the blood of the plants and gives them its green colour has almost identical molecular structure to haemoglobin of the human blood. It is highly present in dark green vegetables, such as kale, broccoli, spinach, green cabbage and romaine lettuce. The best source however is wheat grass. If you can’t bear the taste of the grass, you can get it in the powder form and as for the rest – juice it instead of cooking. Green foods are low in calories, low in fat and sugar, yet the most nutrient rich on the planet.

Stay hydrated - Fresh raw foods high in water content are well known to have helped many overcome and stay cancer-free. Our blood is 86% made of water, whilst plasma is 98% water. So how can our cells stay healthy and bouncy if we don’t give them their most primary ingredient? Ensure that 70% of your plate is filled with foods high in water content. Drink at least 2 – 2.5 litres of water a day and avoid drinking straight from the tap – filtering your water is a must.

Laugh a lot – and often. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being. Destructive thoughts are destructive to the life of your cells. Learn to control your mind and your feelings will become happier which will in turn cause you to act like a happy person would. Go out with friends, keep in contact with those who make you laugh, get some self-hypnotherapy CDs which are a great way to release deeply stored anger, resentment and negative thoughts.

Avoid stress, electromagnetic and chemical poisoning and processed sugars – all of those are polluting your body and your mind, are clogging your system and encourage abnormality of the cells. Taking some time each day to clear out your mind through meditation, avoiding using mobile phone as an alarm clock, using Eco friendly products to clean your house are just some of the ways to get and live healthier.

Remember – you have a responsibility for your health and no one else. Also, you have a right to live your life in joy, to be happy and to live with passion.



Croatian born Sonia Palecek is a fitness and lifestyle coach whose passion lies in postural restoration, vitality and longevity. Trained, qualified and certified in Australia, Asia and UK Sonia’s holistic beliefs in health and fitness have resulted in not only seeking a harmony in aligning of oneself but also with the environment.


Sonia is creator and founder of Palecek Principles, an organization that seeks to educate and work with those who want to improve their health, fitness and appearance through personal training or taking part in group classes. Leading and coaching a team of Pilates and Yoga teachers, personal trainers and therapists, Sonia has also set up community based group classes in London’s Chelsea and Belgravia. The team is coached to help clients build strong foundations in the body and help rehabilitate injuries before moving to more challenging routines.

With a background in personal training, aerobics and Pilates Sonia’s unique approach has helped many regain their fitness and optimal weight through increased body and mind awareness, strengthening of the core and developing an active lifestyle.

Sonia’s further interest and research in raw foods nutrition, self healing and personal development has inspired many to make wise decisions in their lifestyle choices. Particularly popular is Sonia’s Body Camp Programme which helps people lose weight through cleansing, detoxing and aligning then educating how to sustain their evolving fitness and health goals.


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