Healthy Breasts Through Life
For many women, the appearance of their breasts is more of a concern than the health of their breasts. That is, until something happens. Your breasts, like any part of your body, need to be taken care of throughout your life, but especially as you age. In this article we’ll explore holistic methods for keeping breasts healthy throughout life.
We all know that what we eat impacts our health. But most people do not realize exactly how much our diet affects our day-to-day life and our chances of getting sick in the future. When you eat consciously, food really can become medicine, helpful in both preventative health as well as treatment.
Below are five foods that seem to be especially beneficial for breast health. Try to incorporate these foods into your daily diet as much as possible for optimal results and benefits.
- Turmeric: The anti-inflammatory properties of this spice combined with a chemical known as curcumin put this food at the top of many lists not just for breast health, but for overall health as well.
- Broccoli: Promising studies have shown that this well-known vegetable may actually be able to block tumor growth in the breasts.
- Pomegranates: Early research is showing that both the fruit and the juice from it can help to stop or reduce the spreading of cancer, specifically breast and prostate.
- Flaxseed: While flaxseed oil has other health benefits, the seed, which you can find in a ground form, contains lignans, which have been shown to decrease or reduce the growth of cancer.
- Sweet Potatoes: The rich orange color of sweet potatoes comes from their high levels of carotenoids (Vitamin A). Studies have shown that women who show increased amount of carotenoids in their blood seem to have a reduced risk for developing breast cancer.
In general, exercise improves circulation and increases the flow of lymph in the body – both of which play a crucial role in keeping your breasts healthy. One of the many side effects of regular exercise is that it helps to remove toxins from the body, which, over time, could lead to cancer and other breast-related issues.
Research shows that the more a woman is able to stimulate the lymph in the body, the healthier her breasts (and her entire body) will be. Experts recommend jogging and trampoline or rebounder exercises as some of the best.
Mammograms and Other Preventative Habits
In addition to diet and exercise, there are some other habits women can pick up that are proving to be important for breast health.
- Mammograms: Above all, women should get regular mammograms in order to catch any issues as soon as possible. Current guidelines recommend that women between the ages of 45 and 54 should get a mammogram every year. Women over 55 should continue annual screenings or they could consider reducing their tests to every two years.
- Drinking: Studies have shown that women who drink more than one alcoholic drink a day increase their risk of breast cancer. By sticking to the recommended limit of one drink, or cutting out alcohol completely, you can significantly increase the health of your breasts.
- Dry Brushing: The practice of dry brushing is said to help move the lymph in the body and remove toxin buildup. Another benefit is that it promotes healthy skin. Dry brushing your breasts is a great way to make them look better while also keeping them healthy on the inside, too.
Taking care of your breasts as a woman is an important part of your overall health. Being aware of what is helpful and what is harmful allows you to make good decisions each day. The more conscious we can be as women about our breasts and their health, the better we are able to ensure that they stay healthy throughout our lives.