Breast Cancer Prevention: Lifestyle Modifications

Breast cancer prevention can stop the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, second to lung cancer and is the most common cancer in women. estimated that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

Is having breasts a risk for cancer?  Not quite.  Many of us believe that cancer is a genetic disease, which isn’t true.  Only a small amount of cancers are actually genetic. Inherited mutations are thought to play a role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers.  What factors increase the risk of getting cancer?  How do we decrease the risk and avoid it altogether?

Breast Cancer Prevention Tips (and other types):

  1. Avoid alcohol, smoking, and drugs. By “drugs,” we include illegal, over the counter and prescription drugs.  Smoking is quite obvious to most people but alcohol is more widely used recreationally.  Although our bodies can handle the occasional drink, alcohol consumption greatly increases the risk for all types of cancer.  It’s best to avoid it altogether.
  1. Avoid stress. Stress management is often overlooked but plays a large role in cancer formation.  Patients discover they have cancer after a stressful event.  Stress impairs our immune system and lowers our natural ability to heal.  Avoid negative relationships and set boundaries with people to ensure you are taking care of your needs first.  While some might feel this is selfish, it is the opposite.  We must fill our tanks with gas if we expect to get anywhere.  Making time for ourselves will pay its rewards tenfold and prevent exhaustion and resentment.
  1. Get enough sleep. Get between 7-9 hours of sleep nightly.  Sleep is when our body is cleansing, detoxifying, and restoring hormones, which ultimately means that when we skip on sleep, it’s akin to forgetting to take the trash out.
  1. Avoid constipation. Do this by drinking plenty of water or herbal teas to keep your colon hydrated and moving swiftly.  Dehydration can be a major factor for constipation and much like skipping on sleep, constipation can increase the risk for cancers simply because you are not cleaning out the garbage.  Another way to ensure you are moving your bowels efficiently is to eat plenty of fiber.
  1. Avoid processed, fried, and sugary foods. Decreasing or eliminating animal protein can also greatly reduce your risk for cancers.  Animal protein increases the development and promotion of cancer.  Proteins found in plant foods do not have this effect.  Choose organic plant-based foods since they are filled with fiber, antioxidants, water, vitamins and minerals.  Animal-based foods including dairy and cheeses only provide a small amount of these elements, and can contain unnatural hormones, create acid in the body, and slows digestion.
  1. Avoid chemicals and heavy metals. Chemicals are found in our daily lives from our personal care products, pesticides, pollution, food additives, medications and many others.  Just like stress, avoiding these chemicals is the best strategy.  Heavy metals can be found in our environment and can accumulate to toxic levels in our body. Symptoms of chemical and heavy metal accumulation can range from fatigue, to memory loss to serious disease.

In addition to taking steps for breast cancer prevention, begin to:

  • Eat a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables and keep a plant based diet
  • Include vegetable juice and smoothies daily (Include recipe)
  • Drink natural spring or filtered water
  • Have regular colon cleansing
  • Include yoga a few days a week and have regular exercise to move the lymphatic system
  • Spend time in the sun for natural vitamin D production or take a supplement if your level is low
  • Meditate regularly and take time to relax
  • Get to bed early and get enough rest
  • Treat yourself to a massage
  • Follow a detox program 3-4 times per year by fasting or consuming only raw vegetables for 7-10 days
  • Engage in nurturing, loving relationships

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