I often advocate self-care as the one step in preventing and treating health challenges. When it comes to breast health, the most important of self-care is a message. It is great to see pink ribbons on every side in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! If I had my dream, every pink ribbon would carry an additional important message for women.
You can improve your breast health and reduce the risk of breast cancer right now with a few simple lifestyle changes.
We may not be able to control when we live or our genetic risk factors- it’s true. However, a growing body of research is showing us that women really can make a difference in their breast health through diet, workout, and weight gain management.
These simple steps can help optimize your body’s hormonal balance and reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, and provide additional health, anti-aging, and disease-prevention advantages.
-We can evaluate our hormone levels with a saliva test. The best way for premenopausal and postmenopausal women to know if their bodies have an improper of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone is to do a saliva test. Saliva Testing is the most accurate and easy way to this.
– We can use bio-identical hormones if we need hormone supplementation. Bio-Identical means that the molecular structure of the hormones identically matches the hormones made by our body as opposed to Pregnant Mare’s Urine which is natural to horses, not humans.
– We can remove our habits: reduce alcohol consumption and quit smoking etc.
– We can arrange our weight and work out daily. Studies also show that maintaining a healthy, average weight is just as important in favorably influencing the estrogen/progesterone ratio. Regular workout is equally most important. obesity, high insulin levels, alcohol intake, smoking, oral contraceptives, hormones from meat & meat products, pesticides, and herbicides can swing this ratio in the wrong direction.
– We can eat a balanced diet by choosing to eat organic to avoid pesticides, herbicides, and estrogens in meat and dairy products. Include one to three servings of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, bok choy, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and cabbage in your diet each day.
– We Can supplement wisely with, essential fatty acids and use a fruit and vegetable concentrate if you do not eat 5 – 8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.