Red Apple Day
A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness month is Red Apple Day – today the 19th of June. Bowel Cancer Australia's apple logo is symbolic of the charity's bowel cancer message: bowel cancer is treatable and beatable if detected early.
The outline of Bowel Cancer Australia's apple logo appears as an abstract of a human bowel. The small hole in the apple is caused by a worm. If detected early and removed, the worm is unable to continue affecting the apple or the health of the tree.
It's the same with people. If bowel cancer is detected early it can be successfully treated (1).
5 ways you can ensure to have a healthy gut and minimise risk of cancer are:
- Chew your food (more!) before swallowing
- Eat fibrous vegetables every day such as celery, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, and of course – apples!
- Drink plenty of water, especially warm water or herbal teas
- Allow 12 hours between dinner and breakfast for your guts to heal itself
- Belly breaths – take more deep breaths into your belly. Not only does this take the tension away from your neck and shoulders, but it causes your diaphragm to gentle massage your organs and promote healthy digestion.
If you are experiencing any gut related symptoms that are unusual including pain, bloating, cramping, or spasms, don’t hesitate to contact your local health provider for advice.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away!