According to the CDC, people should start getting screened for colorectal cancer at the age of 45. This is one of the many conditions that gets more common with age, yet millions of people in the U.S. are skipping these screenings that can detect an issue early and make treatment most effective.
The most common signs of colorectal cancer are abnormal growths, which known as precancerous polyps. If you can have these growths removed when they first form, you may catch them before they turn into cancer and spread throughout the body.
In addition to regular screenings, here are some other ways to prevent colon and rectal issues in your 40s and beyond.
Rethink Your Diet
Countless studies have shown that what you eat affects your cancer risks, and colorectal issues are no exception. You can keep your system healthy by eating less red meat and processed meat, instead focusing your diet on lean cuts of chicken and turkey, seafood, and plant-based sources of protein like legumes.
Stay Physically Active
If you are overweight or obese, you have a higher risk of developing colorectal problems in the future. Diet can help you stay within a healthy weight range, as well as being moderately active through walking, biking, or doing another physical activity you enjoy.
Avoid Cigarettes and Alcohol
Research has shown a higher risk of colorectal issues among people who drink alcohol regularly. Limit yourself to just a drink per day, or abstain from alcohol altogether to keep your colon and rectum healthy. Also, avoid smoking or being around other people who smoke to reduce your disease risks.
Get Your Vitamins
Multi-vitamins with folate and vitamin D have been linked to better colorectal health. Although more research is needed to determine the links between specific vitamins and how the colon functions, it’s still something worth discussing with your healthcare professional. Your doctor may suggest adjusting the levels of calcium and magnesium in your diet as well for the sake of colorectal health.
Cleanse Your Colon Naturally
If you are considering doing a colon cleanse to help rid your body of toxins, choose natural products from a trusted source, such as Seagate’s Nopal Cactus Capsules. The freeze-dried nopal cactus that these capsules contain help absorb waste in the intestines and bowels to push them along through the colon. Our nopal cactus is free from all chemicals and pesticides. Take three to six capsules before a meal, or blend the contents into a smoothie for the natural benefits.
Try Homeopathic Remedies
When you experience an anal/rectal irritation, don’t make the condition worse with harsh ingredients and treatments. Seagate’s Olive Leaf Rectal Spray is an all-natural homeopathic remedy that is recommended for itching, soreness, burning pain, hemorrhoids, redness, swelling, odor, and abnormal discharge in this sensitive region. It should be applied externally to the anal area for up to seven days as needed.