149,500 people will likely be diagnosed with colon cancer in 2021.

I think thatโ€™s too many.

While itโ€™s important to get screenings to detect cancer at an early stage, taking action to prevent colon cancer is equally important. Here are some things you can do every day to reduce your risk of colon cancer:

๐Ÿ‘ Eat vegetables, fruits, and high-fiber foods
๐Ÿ‘ Avoid overuse of alcohol
๐Ÿ‘ Donโ€™t smoke
๐Ÿ‘ Exercise regularly
๐Ÿ‘ Keep a healthy weight

You may have also heard the recommendation to avoid eating red meat. There is mixed information about this, and the latest study (published in December of 2020 in the journal Nutrients) found that eating red meat has no association with colon cancer risk.

The study showed that when meat is consumed as part of a healthy diet, it has no influence on colon cancer risk.

Itโ€™s likely that worse offenders than meat in the diet are things like sugar, food additives, refined oils, and processed foods.

Colon cancer is a serious disease affecting the gut. While there are many variables and contributing factors, we can always take proactive measures to keep our guts as healthy as possible. Depending on your unique situation, that may mean following the recommendations above PLUS adding in support likeโ€ฆ

๐ŸŒฑ Probiotics
๐ŸŒฑ Digestive Enzymes
๐ŸŒฑ L-Glutamine
๐ŸŒฑ Herbs

Those are just a few of my favorite gut-support supplements. It all depends on what YOUR BODY needs. If you are interested in knowing some of the supplements I recommend to my clients send me an email at amy@functionalfamilynutrition.com.

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