Monday, October 11, 2010

Beat Breast Cancer

This month is the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and though this is the 2nd leading cause of cancer in women, there are several things you can do to help decrease your risk:

1) Eat a diet loaded with colorful fruits and vegetables. According to the National Cancer Institute, fruits and vegetables are our best dietary bet for reducing our risk of this disease. Produce is loaded with antioxidants that may help us decrease the risk of some types of cancer. Aim for ½ - 2/3 of your plate from plant based foods.

2) Bone up on calcium and vitamin D. Some studies show that those with a higher intake of calcium and vitamin D from their diet, have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer.

3) Drink tea. Black, white, green and oolong tea are loaded with antioxidant polyphenols that may decrease our risk of some types of cancer. Add a slice of lemon, lime or an orange to further enhance your absorption of these disease fighting compounds.

4) Maintain a healthy weight and exercise. Overweight and obesity increases one’s risk of breast cancer, breast cancer recurrence and a poorer prognosis.

5) Aim for omega 3s. Omega 3s from fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, halibut, sardines, anchovies and lake trout decrease inflammation and keep our cell membranes fluid in structure (this is important so insulin can bind to it’s receptor site on cell membranes and because rigid membranes hold estrogen in the receptor for a longer period of time).

6) Support the Susan G Komen foundation by buying products with the pink ribbon on them or running the Race for the Cure.

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