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6 Tips for Better Breast Health
October 31, 2014
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6 Tips for Better Breast Health
Today, everyone knows at least one woman who has struggled with breast health.
Yet many women, especially those who are healthy, don’t often take targeted daily action to protect and maintain the health of their breasts.
The good news: Some of the most powerful natural breast health solutions also promote overall vitality and longevity.
Here are seven straightforward ways to not only support lifelong breast health, but total-body wellness in the process!
1. Eat colorful fruits & vegetables every day (try for organic).
You hear this advice often.
However, many people find that eating enough fruits and vegetables everyday can be hard, so here are some simple solutions: Find a few easy recipes you love that incorporate vegetables you enjoy.
Try different greens in your salad, besides regular iceberg or romaine lettuce.
Spinach, watercress, kale and other greens will help spike the nutritional value of your standard salad.
Cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale provide exceptional vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients as well as DIM (diindolylmethane), a powerful compound which research shows supports breast health by assisting in the proper metabolism of estrogen.
Whenever possible, opt for organic fruits and vegetables, and be aware of the top 12 non-organic produce items with the highest levels of pesticides.
You can find the list of the “Dirty Dozen,” right here.
By choosing organic, you reduce your exposure to common pesticides which are proven to harm breast, cellular and overall health.
2. Get moving
If you don’t exercise every day, don’t beat yourself up or decide that it’s too late to start.
Take action now with a short walk around the block, gradually increasing to thirty minutes a day if possible.
Even a brisk walk twice a week provides health benefits.
Not only does exercise help you lose weight and manage stress, but it actively fights abnormal cell growth and provides a host of other well-documented benefits.*
3. Maintain a healthy weight and metabolism
Get motivated to lose a few extra pounds!
In a study of 5,450 women, scientists determined a relationship between high insulin levels (often associated with unhealthy weight) and compromised breast health.
Women with the highest insulin levels were more than twice as likely to develop breast health problems as those with the lowest insulin levels.
Extra weight also encourages high estrogen levels, the hormone that can stimulate unhealthy breast cell growth.
The more fat cells you have, the more estrogen is pumped through the body on a daily basis.
Balanced weight leads to balanced hormones, reducing your risk for breast health issues.
4. Get enough rest
Getting about eight hours of sleep a night promotes overall health and also gives the body time to restore its cells.
Melatonin, a hormone produced while you sleep during the night, also contributes to healthy cellular activity.
Listen to your body and get some sleep when you need it the most, and avoid overnight work shifts if possible, as this type of schedule is associated with increased risks to breast and other areas of health.
If you have to work through the night, be sure to follow the other tips outlined here, and do your best to get enough restful and regular sleep during the day.
Doing things like avoiding caffeine near the end of your shift and using light-blocking curtains can help!
5. Focus on specific natural ingredients
Doctors from across the medical spectrum agree on several potent natural ingredients and compounds that support healthy cellular function, especially in the area of breast health.
The substantiated list includes diindolylmethane (DIM), quercetin, turmeric, Chinese skullcap, astragalus, and medicinal mushrooms.
While the research on these ingredients continues to spark the interest of modern scientists, natural health traditions have relied on their benefits for centuries.
DIM, obtained from eating broccoli, promotes healthy estrogen metabolism.
Quercetin is a flavonoid shown to have amazing cellular effects in animal and laboratory studies, which show that it can inhibit the growth of unhealthy cells.
The spice turmeric helps the body process toxins and diminish the blood supply to aberrant cells.
Astragalus is a respected herb for managing stress, boosting immunity and offering antioxidant support.
Medicinal mushrooms have long been used to address diverse areas of health in traditional Asian practices and ongoing research continues to demonstrate how they promote cellular health.
6. Reduce or avoid alcohol intake
Practice moderation when it comes to imbibing.
Research has established a link between excess alcohol consumption and breast health problems.
A study of 13,885 women found that those who had 14 or more alcoholic drinks per week experienced a 24 percent increase for developing abnormal breast cells.
A well-known Harvard study involving 38,000 healthy women showed that those who drank more than 12 ounces of wine each day were 32 percent more likely to develop abnormal breast cells.
Unfortunately, that's all the time we have today, so next time you're in pain, head to your kitchen.
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