Simple, Daily Habits That Support Healthy Breasts
I’ve often thought that breast health was something to worry about later in life. But after a diagnosis of 10 fibroids and one phyllodes tumor at the age of 27, I realized this couldn’t be further from the truth. The earlier we start to look after ourselves, and implement healthy habits, the better our chances of a healthy and disease-free future.
Often the smallest shifts can be the most impactful. Changing deodorant, supplementing diet with key nutrients like magnesium, vitamins B and D3, and supporting your lymph will have a tremendous effect on your overall health. Being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or overwhelming. It can be simple and intuitive: going to bed earlier, eating more greens, eating organic, seasonal foods, and reducing stress. Unfortunately, many of us, myself included, have a hard time applying these practices.
Our breasts are not only a symbol of femininity and sexuality, but also represent the power to nourish and sustain life as well as the feminine values of love, compassion, and wisdom. Located next to the heart chakra, our breasts are incredibly sensitive to our emotions and stressors while also protecting our heart space.
Hormones + chemicals
When it comes to breast health, maintaining a healthy hormone balance is incredibly important. Our breasts are very sensitive to hormonal changes and undergo similar cyclical changes as the menstrual cycle. They are incredibly delicate and absorb toxins easily. Composed of primarily fatty tissue, they store fat-soluble toxins like heavy metals, pesticides, chlorine, and parabens. These toxins are all endocrine disruptors and are found in our deodorants, food, makeup, skin care, plastics, and even our water. Don’t worry; our bodies possess an innate intelligence that allows our breast cells to regenerate.
One of the simplest things we can do to support our breast health is change our deodorants. Many of you have probably heard that the toxic chemicals found in our deodorants and antiperspirants are now being directly linked to cancerous breast tissue. The skin in very thin in the armpit region and anything that is put onto the skin in absorbed. Chemicals like parabens, petrolatum, talc, and aluminium accumulate in our lymph nodes and glands and disrupt our health.
Vitamins your breasts need
Since we live our lives mostly indoors, vitamin D deficiency has become a very serious problem. It’s a crucial nutrient that comes from sunlight and is used in many bodily functions. It has also been known to lower your risk of breast and several other cancers. For those who live in colder climates, getting outside becomes more of a challenge. This is where supplementing becomes important. However, even if you live in a sunny climate, like California or Spain, you can still have a vitamin D deficiency. Test, don’t guess.
Another important nutrient is magnesium, which the majority of women are deficient in. It helps our liver metabolize excess estrogen, boosts vitamin D absorption, and is critical for relaxation. It’s an important mineral for maintaining health, as stress will deplete important nutrients, create hormonal imbalances, and weaken your immune system. Another great way to relax and boost your magnesium levels is with a foot bath. It’s simple, relaxing, detoxifying, and supportive of your health.
More tips for better breast health
Your breasts can suffer from a lack of exercise, which is key to maintaining a healthy lymphatic system. There’s an abundance of lymph vessels found in breast tissue, which are responsible for draining toxins. Tight clothing, like underwire bras, prevent lymphatic drainage from the breasts which over time can lead to an accumulation of toxins. Red marks after removing the bras will tell you if your garment is too tight. A dry brushing routine can be very supportive of a healthy lymphatic system. The same muscles that make our hairs stand up when we’re cold are stimulated by the brush bristles and strokes and contract to help the lymph flow.
The foods we eat play one of the largest roles in our wellbeing and cruciferous vegetables are of one the most important food groups when it comes to women’s health, namely due to their hormone balancing properties and high antioxidant levels. Consuming organic kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, sauerkraut, or bok choy regularly will greatly benefit your health. Adding turmeric to our diets is also very beneficial. It has incredible anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which supports healthy breast tissue by inhibiting fibroids, cysts, and tumors while supporting liver detoxification and a healthy endocrine system.
Our daily habits can move us closer or further away from health. Simple changes can have a significant impact and help you live a happier and healthier life.
You’ve got this.
Featured image by Pablo Heimplatz
Author Bio Rachelle Poitras is a certified Holistic Nutritionist, Herbalist and founder of Metanoia, an online journal that inspires awareness in breast health. She shares her experiences of dealing with breast fibroids and the tools and knowledge she’s gained in her quest for health and healing.