The Common Sense of Proper Breast Health
Women spend most of their lives looking for the answer to the question; “What constitutes good breast health?” The definitive answer to this question unfortunately still eludes us; however, there are some very common sense ways we can improve our daily fight against many breast health issues including cancer.
Female hormones are a wonder to most of us; how they work, what their purpose really is, how they affect our health? Many of us find that at times, we don’t even understand our own actions. It may be this lack of understanding that leads a large percentage of cancer patients to utilize alternative methods alongside more traditional medical means.
Here Are Some Common Sense Breast Health Practices
Manage Your Stress – In addition to all the other things stress can affect, it can also play a role in breast health. Take time each day to release your stress and relax. Take a walk, enroll in a yoga class, or take up meditation. Research health articles to discover the relaxation therapy that works for you and helps you release the stress and pressures of your daily life.
Don’t Skip Those Veggies – Studies show that diets high in vegetable based fiber help improve breast health and decrease the chances of breast cancer. Most effective are cruciferous vegetables; try adding at least three services of brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli or cabbage to your daily diet.
Limit Your Fat Content – Health related articles are full of reasons to keep your fat intake in check, including studies that indicate it can affect a variety of cancers. To maintain good general as well as breast health, the suggested daily allowance of dietary fat should be kept under 25%.
Drink in Moderation – This one can be accused of being a contradiction. While many studies claim that alcohol effects your breast health and increases the risk of breast cancer, others claim that consuming small amounts of dark beer and red wine on a regular basis lowers the risk of heart disease in women and helps with relaxation. Weigh the pros and cons in relation to your lifestyle and medical history to decide which is best for you. However, no matter your choice, if alcohol is involved it is always recommended you drink in moderation.
Exercise Regularly – Among its many other benefits, daily exercise also helps to relieve stress and studies have indicated it can be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer. There are a variety of health related articles on aerobic exercises and weight training options out there. Everyone should be able to find something they enjoy that fits into their lifestyle that they can commit to.
The latest tips on nutrition, lifestyle and exercise as it relates to maintaining good breast health are always evolving and changing. The trick it to use a common sense approach to exercise, healthy eating and weight maintenance to keep your whole body in the best shape it can be to ward off all unwanted intruders. In addition to this, include monthly breast exams, the most common sense approach to proper breast health. As scary as it may seem, every woman should learn and perform self exams each month, as early detection and treatment is still the best way to handle breast disease and cancer.