Wash down your morning multivitamin regimen with a bottle of iced green tea. In a recent Rutgers University study, mice given green tea had 51 percent fewer incidences of skin cancer than control mice, even after prolonged exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays.
"The research looks very promising that green tea may protect humans against skin cancer, too," says James Spencer, M.D., an associate professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Researchers suspect that antioxidants in green tea fight skin cancer by neutralizing the free radicals that damage skin cells.
Don't reach for the Metamucil; hop on a treadmill instead. Seems that aerobic exercise—particularly running—also prevents food from sticking around in your body too long, says Ann Grandjean, Ed.D., executive director of the Center for Human Nutrition. And the less time lunch spends loitering in your colon, the less chance it has to turn into something ugly, or worse, cancerous.
Try to do that running-in-place thing for 20 minutes a day. You're doing it for your heart anyway, right?
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Haul your procrastinating butt into the bathroom and strip. Get into a warm shower, close the curtain, and gently roll each testicle between your thumb and forefinger. "You ignore any unusual lumps at your own peril," says William Hall, M.D., president of the American College of Physicians. The reason: Bumpy balls aren't normal and could possibly signal testicular cancer.
Next, examine every inch of your body (contort if necessary). You're looking for anything that might indicate skin cancer: discoloration, bumps, moles that are asymmetrical in shape. Even if everything checks out okay, make an appointment with your G.P. ASAP—and keep it this time.
Spring for a Sonicare electric toothbrush. It uses invisible sonic waves to blow away the plaque-promoting bacteria between your teeth. "It's about 75 percent as effective as flossing," says Joseph T. Abate, D.D.S., D.M.D., a Philadelphia dentist. At $90, the Sonicare is more expensive than floss, but still cheaper than a new set of teeth.
Admit that you have a classic case of "produce anorexia," a condition that calls for an equally classic cure: V8 juice. "It's still the best vegetable substitute around," says Melinda Hemmelgarn, R.D., a nutritionist at the University of Missouri. But as good as V8 is, you also need a fruit fix. So here's your complete catch-up menu:
At breakfast: One tall (12-ounce) glass of a 100 percent red-grapefruit/orange-juice blend. (Tropicana makes one.)
At lunch and dinner: One tall glass of low-sodium V8.
That's it. You just drank the equivalent of six servings of fruits and vegetables and also swallowed some extra protection from prostate cancer, thanks to the lycopene in the tomatoes and the red grapefruit.
Want to save a step and just go with V8 Splash (a fruit-and-vegetable juice blend) instead? Resist. "It's not 100 percent fruit and vegetable juice; it has a lot of added water," says Hemmelgarn.
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