Since October is Cancer Awareness month, I thought it appropriate to write a post about keeping yourself healthy enough to reduce the risk, in this case of breast cancer.

Obviously, your susceptibility to the disease has several influences such as age, genetics, menstrual pattern (particularly your age when you have you first cycle and when the symptoms of menopause begin to take affect) but there are some factors that you can control, and as you might expect, my advice is EVERYTHING IN MODERATION, after all, you’ve got to have a life, right?

Alcohol Consumption

Consider limiting your alcohol intake to two beverages per week and always avoid binge drinking.

Ensure your diet includes foods such as onions, garlic and dark green vegetables to keep your liver clean and healthy.

Hormonal Balance

When oestrogen  becomes more dominant than progesterone , you are more likely to develop symptoms such as PMS, heavier periods, longer periods, cysts and fibroids, and painful breasts.

Limit your contact with hormones such as the birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and avoid environmental oestrogen-like chemicals such as parabens.  To discuss a natural alternative to HRT, call me for a chat.

Body Mass Index

Fat tissue has the ability to turn testosterone into oestrogen.

Exercising regularly and eating a healthy, balanced diet full of vegetables, fruits and lean meats can help you reduce your risk.  If vegetables ‘are not your thing’ then consider supplementing your diet with a high quality product such as ‘Fields of Greens’.

The American Institute for Cancer Research/World Cancer Research Fund reported that “38% of cases of breast cancer in the United States could be prevented through diet, activity, and healthy weight.”

If you need to ‘kick start’ a healthier lifestyle, why not consider a 9 day detox and weight loss programme?

Vitamin D

Research has shown a direct correlation between low vitamin D and breast cancer risk. Your GP should be able to test you and advise, however if you think you may be deficient consume more fatty fish, eggs and meat.

Vitamin D  has many significant roles within the body and together with calcium, it helps protect adults from osteoporosis.

Raising Funds for Cancer Research

On the evening of Friday 8th October 2010, I am hosting a special pink themed, Pampered Chef event in my home.  All hostess rewards and proceeds of a raffle will be donated to the amazing Cancer Research UK  charity.

We will be using pink products to cook pink food and there will be lots of fun and games.  If you would like an invitation to attend or can’t attend but would like to support the event, please email me ASAP.  Thank you.

Examine Yourself

It is widely recognised that all though breast cancer is one of the most common form of cancer, it is one the easiest to recover from provided it is detected early.  Please make a habit of examining your own breasts.  If you’ve not done it before, here is a video on how to proceed.

Take care.

Reference:  World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research. The Second Expert Report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective. Washington, DC: AICR; 2009.

The information contained in this blog illustrates my opinions and experiences,it does not constitute medical advice and I do not accept responsibility for actions taken or refrained from as a result of reading this blog.

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One Comment

  1. Toni Hunter says:

    Thank you to those who supported the event, it is most appreciated. I hope you had fun.
    You can place orders until mid-day on Friday 15th and it will still contribute to the charity donation.

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