How to make sure you have healthy breast tissue

Maintaining healthy breast tissue is a major concern for all women. Here are a few tips on how to keep the girls healthy all year round.

According to the Cancer Association of South Africa  “Approximately 19.4 million women aged 15 years and older live at-risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer – which is the cancer affecting women in South Africa the most.”

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EAT YOUR VEGGIES

Consume more cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower), dark leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, citrus fruits, berries and cherries. 

A study performed by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that 91,779 women found that following a diet composing mainly of plant material could cut the risk of developing breast cancer by 15%.

Along with their other benefits, fruits and vegetables are rich in flavonoids and carotenoids, which appear to have various medical benefits.

Eat more veggies for healthy breast tissue

EXERCISE REGULARLY

We all know exercise is important for your general health overall. Try to adopt an active lifestyle in order to improve. Aim for 30 minutes or more of moderate aerobic activity at least five days per week in order to maintain your overall health as well as healthy breast tissue.

The Cleaveland Clinic states that “Women who are physically active are 25% less likely to develop breast cancer than women who are sedentary. Research shows that regular exercise can help prevent breast cancer by boosting immune function, warding off obesity and lowering levels of estrogen and insulin”.  

DRINK LESS ALCOHOL

Alcohol is one of the most well established dietary risk factor for developing unhealthy breast tissue and in turn breast cancer. Women who consume more than two glasses of alcohol a day are at higher risk.

The American Cancer Association says that “Alcohol can raise estrogen levels in the body, which may explain some of the increased risk. Avoiding or cutting back on alcohol may be an important way for many women to lower their risk of breast cancer “.

Drink less alcohol for healthy breast tissue

 

QUIT SMOKING

The risk of many cancers, including breast cancer, and other health problems increases if you smoke.

According to the Breast Cancer Organization smoking is one of many causes number of diseases and is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger, premenopausal women. It has also been proven that there may be a link between very heavy second-hand smoke exposure and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

If you’re not a smoker then avoided taking up the habit and if you already are a smoker try every possible avenue available to you to help you quite. It will help improve your health in the long run. 

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DO YOUR MONTHLY AT HOME CHECKUP

We all know how important it is to know our own breasts. Do it monthly, 7 days after your cycle. If there is ANYTHING irregular, go see your doc, ladies.

Try following this helpful video from the Cancer Association of South Africa to perform a full breast self-examination from the comfort of your own home. 

 

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