Prevention for Better Breast Health
Guidelines to healthier breasts
Most of what's written about breast cancer concerns its treatment while painfully little information is made available regarding its prevention. We firmly believe in the correlation between diet and nutrition and breast cancer and our research has shown that most experts agree.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." Thousands of years before Hippocrates, Ayurveda stated "Food should be the first medicine you take because without a proper diet, no medicine will work; with a proper diet, no medicine is necessary." The ancient Chinese offered, "He who takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skill of the physician."
In addition to the above we offer the following recommendations
- Eat organically grown fruits and vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are especially good because they are high indole-3-carbino, a substance that aids the liver in removing toxins and hormones from the blood stream.
- Eat organic or grass fed meat and dairy in order to avoid ingesting hormones, pesticides and antibiotics.
- Eat organic or cage free poultry and eggs to avoid ingesting hormones, pesticides and antibiotics.
- Avoid eating refined sugar. Try an alternative like stevia, xylitol, agave nectar or honey.
- Avoid refined and processed food.
- Increase sources of essential fatty acids including flax, walnuts, sunflower seeds and cold water fish.
- Add organic green tea, miataki mushroom, turmeric, and garlic to your diet.
- Smoking cessation.
- Minimize or eliminate caffeine and alcohol.
- Avoid toxic products in your home and work environment.
- Self care – put some time aside everyday for yourself.
- Adequate rest.
- Stress reduction – meditation, yoga, reiki, etc.
- Express yourself –set up healthy boundaries.
- Do what you love and love what you do.
- Healthy relationships.
- Detoxify mind, body and spirit.
- Avoid chemical deodorants and antiperspirants with aluminum.
- Avoid underwire bras or bras that are too tight.
- Do monthly self breast exam.
- Lymphatic breast massage.
To learn more about these recommendations please contact our office for an appointment with one of our holistic health counselors.