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Swimming and Dieting Can Slow Fifth Most Common Type of Cancer

Update Date: Sep 10, 2012 12:16 PM EDT

Swimming is perhaps the best exercise for your body; it can leave you sore and feeling refreshed all at once. While diet and exercise is touted with almost nauseating frequency as the best way to stave off diseases, a new study just published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism(APNM) not only reaffirms this idea but adds that swimming as an exercise method and dieting could help fight and may even prevent Hepatocellular Carcinoma, the fifth most common type of cancer worldwide and ranked third in cancer related deaths.

"Clinical and experimental studies have shown that physical exercise focused on core and cardio traing, such as swimming, helps to prevent cancer and improving quality of life," says Dr. Luís Fernando Barbisan, a coauthor of this study and a researcher in the Department of Morphology at the Institute of Biosciences of São Paulo State University in Brazil.

The experiment also showed that without a low-calorie diet, high in cancer fighting agents,  no amount of exercise will have an effect.

The authors' findings are an important illustration of how both nutrition and activity levels impact health issues. We often think that these lifestyle factors only influence good health but this work demonstrates that the quality of nutrition and the degree of activity both influence ill health in terms of the progression of liver cancer. This investigation highlights that we can dramatically alter our health status via exercise and nutrition.

According to WebMD a cancer diet would consist of folate, vitamin D, plenty of tea, ginger (try to combine both the tea and the ginger for maximum effects) and Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage.

This diet consists of foods that all have specific properties suitable for fighting anything from ovarian cancer to pancreatic carcinomas. 

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