Wednesday, October 9, 2013

8 WAYS TO LOWER YOUR RISK OF BREAST CANCER

Here are 8 ways to significantly reduce your risk of breast cancer.
1. Expose your skin to sun every day for at least 15 minutes over at least 60 percent of your body. When you can't get enough adequate sun exposure, consume foods high in vitamin D or take supplements of at least 1,000 IU per day. Those with low levels of vitamin D not only have a higher risk of cancer but of many chronic diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Adequate amounts of sunlight or vitamin D can cut breast cancer risk in half.
2. Eat 2 fruits per day. Include berries as one of the fruits.  Berries contain highest amounts of antioxidants, especially blueberries. 
3. Eat at least 5 vegetables per day to ensure you are getting plenty of cancer fighting antioxidants. Include kale, collard greens, mustard greens, or broccoli as one or two servings of the vegetables.  Dark green vegetables have shown to prevent tumor growth. Kale is probably the most powerful green on the planet. It is full of cancer preventing antioxidants plus has a high amount of calcium and magnesium. Probably why kale is one of the most popular greens used in juicing.  Include tomatoes (alternate cooked and fresh) and/or carrots as additional servings.  Tomatoes contain lycopene and carrots contain carotenoids, both powerful antioxidants. 
4. Eliminate or reduce dairy. Dairy is high in artificial hormones and fats. See all my prior postings on dairy (1)(2). Drink almond milk or organic soy milk instead.
5. Eat beans and oatmeal. Contrary to popular belief, beans will not make you fat. Beans are high in fiber and get your intestines in tip top shape by moving food along and keeping toxins out.  Oatmeal is also high in fiber and great for keeping you satisfied and healthy. Buy the rolled or steel cut oats, not the quick or sweetened oats.

6. Eat organic lean meats (poultry or grass-fed beef), omega-3 eggs, fish, and nuts. These have higher omega-3 fatty acids which boosts your immune system, boosts your mood, improves blood circulation, and reduces inflammation in the body.  Add almonds or walnuts to oatmeal. Stay away from large fish like shark, tuna. and mahi mahi which have higher levels of mercury.  Taking a good quality fish oil (Carlson's) or Flaxseed oil may be a better alternative in the future with the increase in threat of radiation poisoning coming from Japan.  Fukushima is still leaking 300 tons of radiation per day. (3) The radiation is expected to hit US shores by 2014.


7. Eliminate wheat especially if you are overweight. Modern wheat (wheat that has been changed significantly in the last 50 years to increase yield and gluten) is very difficult to digest. Most people have symptoms related to wheat allergies but don't know wheat is the culprit.  Wheat can cause allergy symptoms, weight gain, headaches, fatigue, indigestion, memory problems, and a host of other not so pleasant symptoms. Wheat is as addicting as sugar. It makes you want to eat more wheat.  Give up wheat for a month and I promise you will lose weight and feel better.  You can eat bread made with spelt flour if you must have bread. Spelt is not a modern wheat and has a lower amount of gluten.  However, if you have a problem with gluten, you should not eat spelt. It is best to give up all gluten for a month and then add back spelt.  If you feel fine, then great.     

8. Balance your hormones.  If you are over 40, get your hormones tested.  Being deficient in estrogen or progesterone can increase your risk of cancer. Use bio-identical hormone creams.  They are the safest. (4)

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