Exercise: an antidote to cancer

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Over time, cancer has come to be a thorn in the flesh of humans. Some have come out to say it is a spirit while others believe its presentation is based on what you eat.
Listening to a ‘road-side trained’ health worker some weeks ago at a seemingly interview I went for talk about cancer, specifically talking about prostrate cancer & trying to give an explanation as to the cause of it, I asked her how about cervical or ovarian cancers but to my expectation, she said ‘ cancer na cancer‘. I smiled and kept my cool because I knew that engaging in intellectual discussion would only spoil her business since her aim was to recruit a team of somewhat health workers.
This then spurned me to do a study on the role of exercise in the prevention of cancer.
What then is cancer?
There is no one definition that describes all cancers. They are a large family of diseases which show features suggestive of malignancy. They form a subset of neoplasms. A neoplasm or tumor is a group of cells that have undergone unregulated growth, and will often form a mass or lump, but may be distributed diffusely.
There is no one definition that describes all cancers. They are a large family of diseases which show features suggestive of malignancy. They form a subset of neoplasms. A neoplasm or tumor is a group of cells that have undergone unregulated growth, and will often form a mass or lump, but may be distributed diffusely.
In plain terms, when a  single cell divides without any regulatory limitation, this gives rise to a clone(a body of things that look similar) if cells so large that they it interferes or disrupts the activity or normal physiological functions in the body is called cancer. They can be referred to as tumors as well as long as its an offshoot or abnormal growth.
Having said all of the above about cancer, your question might be ‘so what has exercise got to do with prevention’.
Take a deep breath, gird your loins and come along.
Oxygen is one of the important gases transported by the blood (remember your high school biology?), red blood cells to be specific to all the living cells in the body. In the cell, the oxygen is used for energy production having gone through a reaction that involves glucose with the released gas being carbon dioxide.
In many types of tumors found in animals and humans, glucose uptake and glycolysis proceed 10times faster than in normal cells. Most tumor (cancerous) cells thrive in hypoxic conditions because they lack sufficient oxygen. When dehydrated, there is low oxygen movement, high release of carbon dioxide and accumulation of acidity in the cells and tissues. All these are needed for anaerobic ( absence of oxygen) respiration  to occur thereby causing tumor cells to grow or develop. It therefore suggests that there is a need to deprive your cells oxygen for tumor cells to develop because they need such a condition.
Increasing your oxygen production is needed to keep cancer away from you.
If you have ever been involved in exercise routine. Can you describe how your perspiration, breathing and heartbeats were thereafter?

When you exercise, no matter how simple the exercise, two things happen.
1. You raise the rate of oxygen production in your body. Taking a walk increases your heartbeat which means that the heart beats faster and more forcefully than it does normally.
2. This would increase the rate of blood circulation thereby sending oxygen to the cells faster than normal time and elimination of wastes such and toxins e.g sweats.
Furthermore, as the carbon dioxide leaves and oxygen comes in, so also the body become less acidic.
However, care should be taken as you exercise.
1. Do not overexercise so as not to defeat the purpose for which you are exercising as this would lead to the formation  of lactic acid which we want to avoid (it is produced in the anaerobic respiratory process).
2. Stick to a particular form of exercise that you know you can handle. If you have to try out new ones,consult those who do such.
3. Do not stretch a part more than the other. For weightlifters, know the principles so as not to overstretch the muscles.
Simple exercises like sit-ups, walking long regularly, pushups are good enough should you find it difficult to visit the gym.
4. Be consistent in your routine.

Do you know the simplest form of this breathing exercise? Deliberately increase your breathing rate by inhaling & exhaling rapidly and faster.
For sexually active people or let me say couples, sex is a good form of exercise especially early morning sex as it raises your heartbeat. You must however take caution especially the man.
I do wish us a cancer free life as we live.

 

Toluse Francis

Toluse Francis believes a healthy lifestyle is paramount for everyone. He is a long -time volunteer with Solid Foundation Teens and Youth Ministry. He loves to care for people. Toluse Francis is a Health Coach and author He is interested in seeing people eat healthy and get productive. He believes a healthy lifestyle is paramount for everyone.