I first shared this post in 2012 after I did a segment on The Morning Show talking about habits for healthy boobs from a natural health perspective. Eight years later, all these habits are relevant and essential for healthy breasts.
85% of breast cancer occurs in women with no family history.
Just like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many other chronic diseases, diet and lifestyle play a massive roll and need to be part of our plan to support healthy breasts. The reality that you likely know someone who has been affected by breast cancer or perhaps you yourself are a survivor so we need to be viligent and care for our boobies.
As you might have already guessed, my philosophy is one of prevention. The way we are going to eradicate cancer is by taking steps to prevent it in the first place. If you are currently fighting cancer or are a cancer survivor, then these tips will help you build the healthiest happiest body possible.
Please note, that this plan is a wonderful start, but it barely scratches the surface in terms of the positive steps you can take to prevent cancer.
1. Dry skin brush your body 3 to 4 times per week
It feels so good!! Body brushing (skip the nips) stimulates the movement of lymphatic fluid in your body. It can get stagnant especially if you sit for extended periods of time. Brushing encourages the flow of lymph fluid which is an important part of your immune system and your body's ability to detoxify. This is the brush I use and recommend. It is made with all natural fibres and sustainably handmade in Sri Lanka by women.
2. Take vitamin D daily
Research shows that D deficiency increases the risk for breast cancer among both pre- and postmenopausal women. Since vitamin D is more difficult to obtain in the winter months it is important to take a supplement. During the summer, get daily safe and smart exposure to the sun.⠀
3. Choose clean personal care and beauty products
Use a natural deodorant and ditch aluminum for good. Think how close these chemicals are to your boobies which are fatty organs. Know that toxins love to settle in fat cells. Conventional products are a source of hundreds of hormone disrupting, immunotoxic and neurotoxic ingredients. Avoid the "toxic 10" ingredients. Have you tried our natural aluminum free deos yet?
4. Focus on the good
Mindset is everything. The power of positive thinking is more than just "high fiving the mirror" and saying today is gonna be a great day but still do that! Our thoughts create change in our body by impacting our hormonal signalling. Stress is at the root of nearly all disease states so a positive mindset can help combat that. Meditation is my absolute favourite way to support a positive mindset and h as impacted my life greatly .
5. Move your body multiple times per day
Movement is essential in helping maintain optimal body fat composition, which will vary between body types. No matter what your optimal weight is, this matters because fat cells make estrogen. The more fat cells we have, the more estrogen the body will create and store in the body. This can directly contribute to an increased risk of certain types of cancer.
6. Ditch the underwire bra
FREE THE GIRLS! I did this 15 years ago and I've never looked back. If you have large breasts and you need more support there are amazing brands that offer support without pushing your boobs up into an unnatural position with a wire. This allows lymph fluid to flow more easily and lymphatic drainage to happen effortlessly.
In addition, detoxification is also an extremely important factor in breast cancer prevention. An efficiently detoxing body is one that eliminates wastes and toxins so they do not build up and prevent your cells from performing their hundreds of duties every second of every single day. Your cells eliminate waste and accept nutrients more easily when they are not constantly dealing with and potentially being damaged by wastes that could be coming in from your face wash, toothpaste, deodarant, perfume, carpet off-gassing, you name it -- and the list goes on and on and on.
One very simple and VERY important way you can detoxify is by having regular bowel movements, approximately one to two quality BM's per day. If you have trouble with this, you might want to do the Joyous Detox to get back on track.
Fibre of course is also an effective and important way to ensure you are detoxing. So it's no surprise that eating a high fibre diet lowers breast cancer risk. If you are seeking recipes and inspiration to help you create better eating habits, you can take a look at my recipes page and or any of my three best-selling cookbooks.
Here are some of my all-time favourite, high fibre, nutrient-dense and absolutely delicious recipes that support healthy breasts:
A healthy body starts with you, so keep your boobs joyous!