Breast cancer statistics show that 1in 8 women will have to face breast cancer in her lifetime. For me, this is too many… too many mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and friends whose lives are cut short. Unfortunately, research scientists do not know the exact cause of breast cancer despite years of efforts to understand its origins. However, they have been able to uncover lifestyle factors that can be powerful tools in the fight against breast cancer.
In this article, I am going to provide you with 7 of these lifestyle factors that any woman can incorporate into her daily life and reduce her chances of being one of the 1 in 8 women who have to face breast cancer. All these tips mentioned here are also beneficial for men that are facing the problem of chest enlargement, instead of searching for ways on how to hide man breasts they can follow all these tips to get their body is a perfect shape over time.
- Increase Your Broccoli Intake – Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower reduce levels of the carcinogenic estrogen metabolite 16a-hydroxy estrone in the body, which has been proven to stimulate cancerous cells to grow in breast tissue.
- Start Working Out- Working out at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes, just three times a week, has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by altering the body’s production of estrogen, which is a known risk factor for hormonal cancers in women such as breast cancer.
- Avoid Dairy – All forms of dairy have been shown to increase levels of both IGF-1 and prolactin, two hormones that in high levels are known to contribute to cancerous changes in breast tissue. Fortunately, there are some great dairy substitutes at the supermarket that are made from rice, oat, and soy.
- Add More Fish To Your Diet – Just two 3-ounce servings of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and tuna have been shown to reduce the incidence of breast cancer.
- Eat Your Flaxseed – Adding flaxseed to your diet reduces your risk of breast cancer by increasing levels of SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin) which assist the body in excreting free circulating estrogen that could otherwise be used by the body to stimulate breast cancer growth. The best way I have found to eat flaxseed is to sprinkle them over a bowl of oatmeal or lightly over a salad.
- Increase Your Fiber Intake – Increasing your fiber intake helps the body excrete toxins and excess estrogen that in the body act as carcinogens. The suggested amount is 25-30 grams of fiber per day. Foods that are high in fiber include fruits, vegetables and cereal grains such as wheat bran and oatmeal.
- Avoid Chemicals – Many chemicals in our environment act like estrogens in the human body and for this reason are a major risk factor for cancerous growths that arise in breast tissue. They are found in plastics, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, pesticides and housing materials. You can reduce your exposure by eating organic food, using natural cleaning supplies, buying safe cosmetics (a great web site to guide you in finding cosmetics that are safe to use is http://www.skindeep.com), avoiding plastics, and using only products to care for your lawn and home.
Of course, I am not saying that if you do all of these lifestyle changes that breast cancer will never affect you. I wish I could. What I am saying is that these lifestyle changes will create an environment within your body that will make it more difficult for breast cancer to develop. This is something that as women we all can benefit from.