Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths (only second to lung cancer) in women in the United States in 2021. (1)
Every October, Americans come together to show their support against breast cancer with the intent of finding a cure. Most all of us have been affected by this heartbreaking disease in some way, whether it’s someone you care about or that you’ve gone through it personally.
While we applaud the efforts in searching for a cure, true awareness includes a focus on prevention. What if you could avoid getting breast cancer in the first place? There are certainly many lifestyle tips you can adopt to help protect yourself and lower your risk.
The risk factors for breast cancer are separated into two categories: genetic and environmental. The genetic risks of breast cancer only account for approximately 5–10% of breast cancers, whereas 90% of breast cancer occurrence is thought to be environment-related. The most commonly known modifiable risk factors for breast cancer are obesity, sedentary lifestyle, having a first child after age 30, post-menopausal hormone (counterfeit hormones) and oral contraceptives use, and xenoestrogen exposure. (1)
31 Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention
1. Cut sugar simple carbohydrates from your eating plan as much as possible.
2. Maintain optimal progesterone levels.
3. Eat at least 2 ½ cups of organic fruits and vegetables every day.
4. Supplement with iodine.
5. Avoid processed foods (and that includes fast food).
6. Get 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night.
7. Stop smoking.
8. Limit alcohol intake to one drink per day.
9. Drink green tea which is full of antioxidants. (2)
10. De-stress to maintain a healthy immune system.
11. Avoid GMOs (genetically modified foods) which are treated with herbicides that are carcinogenic.
12. Don’t take synthetic hormones, such as Premarin and Prempro, which have been shown to cause invasive breast cancer, as well as heart disease, stroke and more. (3)
13. Maintain optimal vitamin D levels. Get out in the sun or take a good vitamin D supplement. (4)
14. Use paraben-free cosmetics and personal care products (such as lotion, deodorants, make-up, shaving and hair products). (1)
15. Avoid xenoestrogens, commonly found in plastic water bottles, pesticides and personal care products. (1)
16. Maintain hormonal balance.
17. Detoxify your body – do a good detox program regularly.
18. Stay hydrated.
19. Exercise regularly – get up and move!
20. Don’t use antiperspirants or deodorants that contain aluminum.
21. Avoid birth control pills, especially in young girls.
23. Maintain a healthy body weight. (1)
24. Take vitamin C. (5)
26. Eat grass-fed meat raised without hormones.
27. Maintain a healthy pH balance.
28. Limit wearing a bra, which can restrict the flow of lymph, hindering
the natural cleansing process.
29. Take DIM to help promote healthy estrogen metabolism. It’s the compound found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. (6)
30. Add curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, to your eating plan. (7)
31. Avoid electromagnetic fields – radiation produced by cellphones, x-rays, electric blankets, etc. – as much as possible.
Hormone Balance is Key
Hormone balance plays a key role in helping to prevent breast cancer. Are you wondering if hormonal imbalance is one of your risk factors? Take our symptom checker quiz to find out what could be a possibility so that you can take action today.
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Please share this with all the women in your life so that they can be proactive and take charge of their health.