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7 Tips For Healthy Breasts That All Women Must Follow

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1. Check cosmetics: Avoid products high in iron, nickel, chromium, zinc and lead. 2. Bedtime: Avoid using electronics during bedtime. 3. Check plastics: BPA 3 and 7 are a big no. 4. Alcohol: Can weaken liver and immune system. 5. Stimulate lymph: Regular yoga or exercise. 6. Be social: Make sure you are social. 7. Stress: Don't stress, it triggers inflammation like response.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the annual time of year when pink ribbons are printed on shirts, pinned on clothing, promoted on toxic cosmetics and BPA-lined plastic bottles. The pink ribbon is strongly associated with the urgency for us to donate and contribute to finding a breast cancer cure. But let’s not forget that prevention is the best cure and the most important thing we can do today is to embrace our own healthy habits.

[Read: Could I Have Breast Cancer Without Having A Lump?]

7 Tips For Healthy Breasts

Here are some health tips for breasts.

1. Check Labels Of Your Cosmetics And Self-Care Products

Aluminium in your deodorant? What about lead in your lip stick and arsenic in your eye shadow? Cancerous breast biopsies have shown higher accumulations of iron, nickel, chromium, zinc, cadmium, mercury and lead than non-cancerous biopsies. Don’t be fooled when you see the words natural ingredients or mineral oils. Marketing companies know the kinds of words we want to see. Unfortunately, products on the market today don’t necessarily provide what they promise.

 Did you know that 1 in 6 Canadian women will be diagnosed with women’s cancers in their lifetime –Canadian Cancer Society 2013. 

2. Limit Your Screen Time At Night

Exposure to light throughout the night can affect some hormone functions in the body that may be related to breast cancer risk. Did you know the light from your cell phone and computer screen can disrupt your melatonin production? Melatonin is an antioxidant, it helps regulate our sleep and wake cycles and has proven to influence the timing of our reproduction and aging. We make melatonin only while we are asleep and when our eyes see darkness. In fact, blind women have a much higher production of melatonin than women with normal eye sight and their risk of breast cancer is 50% lower. Going to sleep at 10pm provides optimal production of this hormone. Lights off, your beauty and breast health are calling.

3. Check Your Plastics

BPA is a carbon-based synthetic compound that is used in plastics and in the lining of food cans, like beans, tomatoes, etc. BPA has been linked to breast cancer due to its ability to exhibit estrogen like properties. If you are still microwaving your lunch in plastic containers, now is a good time to switch to glass containers. Check your plastics and cans to see if they have a number 3 or 7 on it, these are just about the worse sources of BPA you can get. So dispose them!

4. Limit Alcohol Consumption

Unfortunately, if a glass of wine or a cold beer is your favorite part of a long day,  your breasts will not be thanking you for it. Alcohol has been statistically linked to a higher risk of breast cancer and that risk goes up with every drink we take. Alcohol is a heavy load to the liver, our main detox organ and can dampen the function of our immune system. We know for sure that alcohol increases circulating estrogen levels in the body which can be a risk to breast cancer. Short and sweet, think before you drink.

5. Stimulate The Lymph

We have over 600 lymph nodes in the body. The lymph nodes located in the under arm collect toxins and dead cells helping to keep our breast tissue in good health. Since the lymphatic system is the only system in the body that doesn’t have a pump, it’s important that we lend it a hand. Bring yourself to a sweat at least 3-4 times a week. Yoga, running or sitting in the sauna are some great ways to release stagnant toxins. Skipping or jumping on a trampoline are especially powerful exercises that help to move the lymphatic fluid, often referred to as rebound exercises.

[Read: What Does Ayurveda Prescribe For Breast Health?]

6. Embrace Your Female Networks

Ladies, girl talk could be essential to our health, maybe just as important as eating our veggies. A large study on breast cancer patients found that women who had fewer social connections before their breast cancer diagnoses were twice as likely to die from breast cancer than women who started off with strong social connections. This same study found that those women who continued their journey alone after diagnoses, ended up 4 times as likely to die of breast cancer in comparison to women who gained support from their friends. Needless to say, if female networks are this powerful for women with breast cancer, then embracing our intuitive urge to engage in girl talk is a natural way to keep our health in check.

7. There Is No Place For Fear

Fear is a poor health choice that can wreak havoc on our cells. Just one fearful thought can stimulate the stress response, send our body into panic mode and give rise to a cascade of negative emotions. This process is similar to the inflammation response. It is important that we choose thoughts that make us feel relaxed and nourished. Yes, choose ’em and believe ’em! As the great Albert Einstein says, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a hostile or friendly universe.” 

Elaine Clark

As a wellness activist, I advocate healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful connection with the spirt in creating health. Exploring health from a holistic perspective and building a lifestyle that enables you to live well, naturally, has become an awakening for me. Join me in your healing journey as I share with you inspirations of holistic health education.

Elaine Clark

As a wellness activist, I advocate healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful connection with the spirt in creating health. Exploring health from a holistic perspective and building a lifestyle that enables you to live well, naturally, has become an awakening for me. Join me in your healing journey as I share with you inspirations of holistic health education.

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Paul Iudica
Paul Iudica 5pts

Or one habit to cure all cancer.Alkaline diet.

COoling M. Theresa
COoling M. Theresa 5pts

Massage on my breast for good muscle circle. And eat for green vegetables more than red meat and fat.

Ludwina Madlener
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Schmiert mal weiter schön eure chemischen Giftbomben unter die Arme - die man heutzutage Deos nennt, dann freut sich die Pharmaindustrie!

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Khalid Hussain Mangi Its working kindly check! :)

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Machelle Smith Thank you! :)

Gary Wardell
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I wonder if it has any relation to pesticides being in almost every food since approximately 1960?And artificial ingredients in most packaged foods since 1950?

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Who has big boob they know ...hessal..not a man.

Don Kabir
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Carry yourself well and Enjoy, Don't Reduce..:)

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