Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Dozen Breast Health Tips

So I gave the resounding critique of 3-D mammograms a couple days ago.  Here are some sound tips on keeping your breasts as healthy and at as low risk for breast cancer as possible.

To Do List:
  1. Watch your BMI (body mass index) and keep your weight within a normal range.  Google BMI calculator to find out what yours is.  Excess body fat produces estrogen, which stimulates cancer growth in a large number of breast tumors.
  2. Breast self-exams at least once a month, at the same time in your monthly cycle.
  3. Exercise -- at least 3 times a week enough to get near winded for 20-30 minutes.  Exercise = circulation.  Improved circulation keeps the immune system on guard duty.  Exercise also reduces stress and helps with the BMI.
  4. Breast massage.  Beat firmly on your collarbones a few times; this opens up the lymphatic vessels and then use a good oil -- like apricot, almond, olive, hemp or phytolacca and massage each side for a good 3-5 minutes.  Massage keeps the breasts & lymphatic vessels cleared of toxins and prevents toxin-triggered DNA changes.
  5. Drink lots of water - 1/3 of your body weight in fluid ounces.
  6. Get plenty of fiber: 20-30 gms a day.  The fiber prevents constipation and helps eliminate estrogen metabolites.
  7. Each person needs different amounts of sleep, but getting enough is crucial in lowering breast cancer risks.  Sleep should be always done in as dark of a room as possible.  Darkness increases melatonin levels, which aids sleep and is associated with reducing cancer growth.
  8. Insure your bra fits properly.  Especially avoid ones that are too tight.  Don't sleep with them.  Bras add congestion potential to your breasts which keeps toxins localized that can be detrimental to cellular DNA.
  9. Eat lots of vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts).  They increase fiber and aid in estrogen metabolism.
  10. Eat range-fed, hormone-free meats.  Organic whole raw milk (if you can find it anywhere) has unfractured essential fats that are key to breast health.
  11. Helpful supplements: calcium deglucarate, turmeric, dindolylmethane (DIM), and green tea.   (Avoiding coffee helps with fibrocystic breasts!)
  12. Helpful Vitamins and minerals: Vitamins E and C, selenium, zinc, copper, B-complex.

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