There is so much pink this month and various companies trying to make money off of Breast Cancer Awareness- don’t buy into it!
I’d like to focus on the free things you can do to PREVENT breast and other cancers. You don’t have to spend money except maybe at the grocery store.
Here are some tips for you, please share!
Do a breast self exam every month.
Limit Alcohol– drinking increases the risk of breast cancer (alcohol increases estrogen levels) so limit your alcohol consumption.
Green Your Beauty Cabinet, in other words, throw out anything that contains toxins and harmful chemicals. From Dr. Mercola:
There are thousands of chemicals in personal care products, and few have been tested for safety. Putting chemicals on your skin is actually far worse than ingesting them, because when you eat something everything must go to your liver before entering your blood stream, providing your body an opportunity to detoxify substances that could be harmful.
When you put chemicals on your skin however, they’re absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, so the toxic chemicals from toiletries and beauty products are largely going into your blood, lymphatic system and then directly into your internal organs.
Exercise– reduces overall breast-cancer risk by about 10 percent to 30 percent. Aim for four hours a week of exercise. The less you exercise, the higher the levels of estrogen in the body.
Avoid canned food. BPA in cans has not been totally identified as a breast cancer causer in humans, but it causes mammary tumors in rodent studies. Cook with stainless steel or cast iron. Do not use aluminum pans: “breast tissue has been shown to concentrate aluminum and it is found in highest levels in the quadrant of the breast near the underarm region, the same area where the highest proportion of breast cancers are originally diagnosed.”
Stay away from foods containing hydrogenated oils, sugar substitutes, sugar, nitrates which all have been linked to cancer.
Don’t smoke! Who doesn’t know by now that smoking is linked to cancer?
Use natural sunscreens. “Many sunscreens contain the active ingredient titanium oxide. Dioxin, a carcinogenic agent linked to increases in breast cancer, is released during its production. Small amounts of dioxin are often found in sunscreen products.”
Supplement your diet with proper amounts of vitamin D3 which has been proven to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Green your cleaning products. Trying to stay away from as many harmful chemicals as I can, I’ve begun making my own cleaning sprays, using vinegar, distilled water and essential oils. The stuff you buy in the store, even those bearing a ‘natural’ label may contain toxins linked to cancer.
Eat lots of Super Foods– I mentioned turmeric the other day but there are loads of nutritious, delicious plants and herbs to incorporate into your daily diet. Its best to choose organic and/or locally grown. The most nutrient rich foods include- kelp, spicy foods, cruciferous vegetables especially broccoli, green tea, nuts (contain omega 3’s), onions, garlic.
Get plenty of Vitamin A- best sources are organic egg yolks, raw butter, raw whole milk, and beef or chicken liver.
Drink a quart of organic green juice daily- women with higher levels of carotenoids, or nutrients found in fruits and vegetables, have a lower risk of breast cancer, especially cancers that are more difficult to treat.
Antiperspirants can increase your breast cancer risk due to their toxic metals, such as aluminum, which influence estrogen activity. I either make my own with baking soda and essential oils or use one from Honeybee Gardens.
Avoid air fresheners and scented candles. Benzene, (a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor) is given off from artificially scented candles, creating major indoor air pollution.
There is a ton of information available online and in various books but the bottom line is read labels, eat a healthy and nutritious diet, exercise and stay away from toxins and dangerous chemicals (if you can’t pronounce it, leave it alone).
What are you doing to decrease your cancer risk?