Being productive about your bowel habits can help prevent cancer

As you get older, not only do you get wrinkles, jowls and gravity dropping boobs, but your bathroom habits change too. You are more prone to constipation and diarrhea. Medications and supplements can cause things to back up much more frequently.

The golden ticket to prevent constipation is to drink up to 64 oz of water and keep moving--walking, exercise, yoga and Pilates will keep things moving along. Be sure to get your fiber intake on an upswing, as well.

The most important thing you can do for yourself in this area is to get screened for colon cancer at the age of 50—earlier if there’s a history in the family. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.

The American Cancer Society has estimated these stats on colorectal cancer for 2018:

  • 97,220 new cases of colon cancer
  • 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer

As a result of better and more sophisticated treatment and earlier screening, there are now more than 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States.