Another interesting article about the benefits of healthy living.  We often think about healthy living to prevent medical diseases.  However when your body is healthy and running like a well balanced machine every aspect of your bodies optimal performance is maximized.  Not only can being healthy keep your feeling great and enjoy a better quality of life but is significantly associated with decreased cancer risk.

Excerpt from the article:

The study authors examined how five lifestyle factors affected colon cancer risk: healthy weight; low amounts of belly fat; regular physical activity; not smoking and limiting alcohol consumption; and a well-balanced diet. This diet was high in fruits, vegetables, fish, yogurt, nuts and seeds, and foods rich in fiber, and low in red and processed meat.

The more of these factors people had, the lower their risk for colon cancer, according to the researchers. Compared to those with none or only one of the factors, those people with two healthy factors were 13 percent less likely to develop colon cancer while the risk was 37 percent less for those with all five healthy factors, the study found.

Source: BMC Medicine, news release, Oct. 9, 2014, Robert Preidt; from Health Day