Think Pink, Live Green
By Justin Fava
Breast cancer is something that affects each and every one of us in one form or another. It is the most common cancer in women and even with all the progress in research and awareness, the overall incidence of breast cancer is projected to double globally by the year 2040 and occur more frequently in younger women. However, there is a movement to help empower women and inform them of the things that they can do to help reduce the risk factors that may contribute to breast cancer. Breastcancer.org has initiated the, Think Pink, Live Green campaign and many of its teachings are ideals that Our Green Home also promotes to our readers.
Aside from all of the inherent reasons why someone might develop breast cancer, research has shown that there are several external, environmental and lifestyle factors that may contribute to the risk of someone developing the disease. These factors should be managed as best as possible in order to reduce risk. And guess what? Turns out many aspects of a green lifestyle can help make that difference!
Below are just a few of the suggestions outlined in the Think Pink, Live Green guide/website that can potentially help keep you safe and lead a healthier, happier lifestyle.
When meat is cooked at high temperatures until well–done, a group of chemicals — heterocyclic amines (HCAs) — forms. The longer and hotter the cooking, the more HCAs form, especially in the blackened parts of the meat. Some of these HCAs may increase the risk of cancer. In addition, another group of chemicals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) — form in smoke produced when fat burns or drips on hot grill coals, which have also been linked to breast cancer. Take steps to reduce these risks by purchasing lean cuts of meat, cooking at lower temperatures, and marinating meat before cooking.
Organic farming and gardening, is all about the soil. The philosophy is that soil rich in organic matter will grow healthier, more disease resistant, and yield tastier veggies. Getting soil tested and building a chemical free garden is the key to a green garden. There are ways to care for the lawn and garden instead of using chemicals such as keeping grass higher to crowd out weeds, leaving grass clippings on the lawn, choosing fertilizers with little or no phosphorous and pulling weeds by hand.
When cooking, storing, freezing, reheating, and serving food, it’s best to use stainless steel, ceramic, cast iron, glass, and enamel-covered metal containers, pots, and dishes. Do not use non-stick pots and pans at very high heat, because they can release harmful chemicals. Avoid cooking or heating food up in plastic, even if the container claims to be “microwave safe.”
Consider organic or “green” household supplies that tend to be safer for you and the environment. For detailed information on non-toxic, environmentally friendly products, visit http://www.goodguide.com
To view the full Think Pink, Live Green guide with all 31 of its suggestions, follow the link below.
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