4 Easy Dietary Additions For Breast Health
GUEST POST BY YVETTE LUCIANO.
Speaking as someone who has been on the other side of Pink October, I completely agree with everything Jess mentioned HERE.
When I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer at 29 years-old two years ago, I was posted big packages of information, a hot pink diary for my doctors appointments and a newsletter full of (much, much older women’s) stories and their tales of husbands leaving them after breast cancer surgery. It was hell in a post-pack.
That was my welcome to the pink club from one of the major breast cancer charity organisations. This initiation pack made me feel like a sad little victim, who had no responsibility for my current health or control over my future outcome. Yep folks, aren’t you glad you bought that pink cupcake.
Oh and that’s far from the worst. One of the most so-bad-it’s-hilarious breast cancer organisations frequently uses social media to sing the praises of their corporate partners including major soft drink and fast food giants. See – hilarious!
Although honestly, they aren’t all bad. One in particular is funding some impressive research and prevention studies. I love those guys. Definitely a rare gem.
Thinking back to that package I was first sent, maybe we can rally to get them to send some kale, information about juicers and some Louise Hay books. Oh I know, I know, that would be craaaaazy. A hot pink diary is a much better use of pink dollars.
As a breast cancer thriver and holistic health coach, my new hope is that everyone has reached ‘awareness’ overload and that we have nowhere else to go except prevention.
The most exciting breast cancer studies are showing that environment has much more impact than your genetics, so despite what you are being told by the media and some dinosaur doctors – your diet and lifestyle can (and will) make a world of difference. Best bit is it’s never too late.
So c’mon get up off your chair, get outside in the sunshine and fresh air and enjoy these yummy breast health boosters:
Most people are aware that obesity can be linked to increased risk of breast cancer, although don’t let that stop you from getting your essential good fats.
Flaxseeds are the very best vego source of omega-3, which has some awesome anti-inflammatory properties. Flax is also very high in lignans (a phytoestrogen which prevents breast cancer). They are generally inexpensive and easy to add into your diet.
2. Cruciferous Vegetables
You can’t go wrong with veggies. They are rich in folate and packed with antioxidants beneficial for beautiful breast health.
In particular, the cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussell sprouts) all contain potent anti-cancer compounds. When I was first diagnosed back in 2010, even my oncologist told me to get stuck into these guys!
Blueberries are so delicious and are rich in antioxidant activist’s pterosibene and anthocyanins.
Strawberries and raspberries are not only a potent antioxidant, but they also help your liver detox carcinogenic chemicals and have been shown to slow down breast cancer cell growth.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells.
Also onions and garlic have been shown to decrease estrogen receptor activity, a major contributor in the growth of hormonally charged breast cancers.
Author bio: Yvette Luciano is an Australian Health + Life Coach, working with women to create awesome health and lives. Yvette is a proud cancer thriver and former music-industry-professional-party-girl. When not coaching or green juicing, Yvette loves using her entertainment, events and PR talents in the lifestyle and wellbeing industries, including here on The Wellness Warrior team.
Positive affirmation for the day: Today I will do more of what makes me happy.
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