Boost Your Breast Health!
Learn how to be healthier and help to protect yourself against breast cancer.
Here are five simple ways to help boost your breast health.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
Keeping a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk of breast cancer,
especially post-menopause, due to the increased production of the hormone
estrogen in fat tissue. In women with a higher weight, estrogen-sensitive
breast cancers are ultimately exposed to more estrogen, which can stimulate
the progression of the cancer.
Aim to exercise 30 minutes a day, four to five days a week. Studies have
shown that women who are active are 25% less likely to develop breast
cancer. This could be due to the fact that exercise boosts the immune
system, fights obesity, and lowers hormone levels such as estrogen.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables can
help to protect against several types of cancers. Be sure to avoid processed
foods, sugars, and unnecessary fats as much as possible. Some cancer-fighting
foods include cabbage, kale, and watermelon (yum!).
Especially vitamin D. Women with low vitamin D levels are at a greater
risk of breast cancer. The best source of vitamin D is sunlight, but since
getting too much sun can damage your skin, a supplement may be your best
choice. Check with your physician to have your vitamin D levels checked
and to discuss your options if your levels are low.
- Limit alcoholic beverages.
It has been shown that having more than one alcoholic drink per day increases
breast cancer risk, as it can increase estrogen production. Try to limit
yourself to just one. Red wine is preferred, as the it contains antioxidants
that may help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads
to heart attack.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but you should show care for
your “girls” and yourself the whole year round!