October is the month that we are made aware of the ongoing struggle for women with breast cancer. It seems that cancer is a word that we hear a lot nowadays, and so I feel it is important that I put out onto the web some things you can do to help in the prevention fight.
Number 1 and this plays into ALL aspects of health, is to get to a healthy weight. BMI indexes are sometimes tough. I personally have struggled to get within the “healthy” BMI range, but do your best to get there and it will help with your health in general!
Exercise! This goes along with number 1, but it’s amazing what exercise does for your body. Not only do you get the stress relief benefits, you are also shrinking fat cells and regulating your hormone production from those fat cells. Try getting around 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week of moderate intensity.
Eat healthy, fresh prepared foods. This is in my personal opinion most likely one of the reasons we hear about cancer so much. We are a society who eats a lot of processed foods, that are not great for our bodies. If you can eat more whole foods, and include broccoli, cranberries, blueberries, kale, carrots, and sweet potatoes they are filled with antioxidants that help maintain healthy breasts and bodies.
Vitamin D and Omega 3 supplements are extremely beneficial supplements to take to help fill in the gaps in our diets. Both Omega 3 and D3 are vitamins that help maintain healthy breasts.
Don’t smoke, and limit drinking. Smoking isn’t good for you in any way shape or form, so stay clear of it or do what you can to quit. Also, limit your alcohol consumption to a drink a day or less. Any more and it can increase the risk of breast health.
Breast exams! You should do your own daily, and if you spot anything out of the ordinary go get checked. Also, if you are over 40 you should have an exam once every year or two. This is an example of being proactive, and if something feels off go get it checked.
For you men out there, don’t underestimate the importance of doing most of these things yourself! Main difference would be doing a testicular exam daily. I know these are not things we like to think about or even talk about, but prevention is the best medicine. So please, please, take care of yourselves and you’ll always be happy you did!