In recognition of the space for preventative health care, today I'd like to share some basic tips for supporting the health of breasts not just in the area of cancer, but also changes that occur like cyst formation and development of fibrous tissue.
When it comes to our health, it is the daily steps we take towards healthy living that that keep us in a state of wellness. Small, repeated action is the way to go.
Tips to Support Breast Health
- Ground Flax Seeds
- Eating 2 tbsp per day helps to bind extra estrogens and allow them to leave the body through the bowels. It's common for estrogens to be recirculated if they don't have a route out of the body. Mix them into apple sauce, yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, or protein balls.
- Vitamin D
- The sunshine vitamin is an immunomodulator, which means it impacts a healthy immune system allowing it to do proper surveillance for rogue cells in the body. Many women with breast changes have low vitamin D levels, so have your numbers checked and treat accordingly.
- Limit Plastics
- Plastic components, called xenoestrogens, mimic estrogen in the body and bind to receptor sites. Going with BPA-free plastics isn't always helpful as it has been found that other replacement chemicals have similar effects in the body. Instead, choose glass food storage containers, watch canned foods and beverages (there is a plastic lining in the can), bring your own refillable water bottle, and avoid touching payment receipts when you can.
- Use Less Toxic Cleaning Products
- Being relatively fatty tissue, the breasts are a site susceptible to toxin accumulation (we hide toxins in fats). Exposure to cleaning products through breathing, and through the skin can happen on a regular basis. I suggest using vinegar or essential oils for cleaning when possible, but you should still wear gloves.
- Choose 'Clean' Body Care Products
- Hair dye, moisturizers, lotions, makeup, shampoo and other body products are a huge source of hormone disrupting and possibly carcinogenic compounds: like parabens, phthalates, and heavy metals. You don't need to toss everything out immediately (unless you want to), but as you run out of each item, look for healthier replacements. Eventually you will have a cleaner lineup of items in your bathroom.
- Avoid the Dirty Dozen, Shop in Season
- Our foods are another opportunity for limiting chemical exposures. Of most significance is minimizing foods listed in the "Dirty Dozen" (www.ewg.org). Instead, you may choose to consume organic varieties of these foods or you can focus on eating them when in season (eg. strawberries in June).
- Apart from rest, sleep is also a crucial time for our body to conduct repairs. Without adequate time to take out the trash, issues can sneak past our surveillance systems and lead to cellular changes that can no longer be controlled. Each person is different, but aiming for 7-9 hours of sleep per night is generally the right amount.
- There are a lot of reasons to be active but when it comes to the breasts, movement encourages the circulation of lymphatic fluid. Lymph is what houses our immune system, so moving it around provides more opportunity for our immune cells to find and discard of things that could do us harm. Movement also helps to lower stress levels, another prevalent cause of illness.
There are many more individualized approaches to take depending on your specific health needs and where you are at right now, but I want you to be aware of the things you can do every day that help to make a difference in your body.
Yours in health,
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity."
~ Amelia Earhart