Breast Health and Nutrition

breast health and nutrition

Breast health is an important part of nutrition

A purported 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. With such staggering statistics, it’s important to know how to keep yourself healthy and safe to prevent such a tragedy from ever occurring. Luckily, research on nutrition has provided all women with the means necessary to prevent breast cancer from ever taking hold. While still hotly debated among some oncologists, there are many researchers that uphold the idea that a healthy diet can improve the prevention of and aid in the treatment of breast cancer.

Breast Health Must Haves

  • Red-orange Produce
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Beans and Lentils
  • Fish
  • Tea
  • Raw Almonds

From sweet potatoes and tomatoes to salmon and tuna, these foods are all rich in valuable nutrients that help flush out toxins and support bodily functions. Red-orange produce such as carrots and cantaloupe are all rich in antioxidants that inhibit angiogenesis. Research shows the women who eat more of this type of produce are 20% less likely to get breast cancer. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower contain compounds that halt inflammation and suppress cancer-cell growth. Rich in fiber, beans and lentils flush out excess estrogen and breaks down into cancer-fighting pieces. Though they should be consumed in moderation due to mercury, fish are rich with omega-3 fatty acids which fight inflammation. Women who eat a large amount of fish are 14% less likely to have breast cancer. Finally, teas, and especially green teas, are full of antioxidants that contain anti-breast cancer properties.

Breast Health Must Avoids

  • Red meat
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • High-fat dairy

In general, the more processed a food is, the worse it is for you and your overall healthy. Red meat is not bad but, in large quantities, can lead to a higher risk of developing breast cancer. If you do eat red meat, find clean products that have been made from cows that were not given any steroids or chemicals. Alcohol, even in moderation, increases your risk as well. Research shows that each drink you have per day increases the risk by 11%. Sugar is and has always been known as a destructive ingredient. It causes insulin levels to skyrocket which in turn promotes tumor growth. If you do need to sweeten something, opt for a naturally occurring substitute like honey. Finally, research directly from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows high-fat dairy products increase the rate of dying from cancer by 20%. Due to the hormones injected into cows to increase their milk production, high-fat dairy contains the highest levels of Estrogen, levels that promote breast cancer.

Breast cancer is a killer and avoiding it entirely is our safest line of defense. By changing your diet, you can change its chance of affecting you by at least 20%. Cutting out processed foods, sugars and alcohol and adding more vegetables, tea and fruit can change you from a potential victim into an active warrior who refuses to allow such a disease to ravage her body. Remember that there are healthier options for everything. Also, to change successfully can be a slow process. Take each day a step at a time, changing out one bad food for one good food a week or month at a time if you have to. The purpose is not to take away foods you consider delicious, the purpose is to eventually become an active preventer of breast cancer and defender of your own health.

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