October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and I wanted to go beyond the pink ribbons and charity walks.
Prevention is what I promote and so key when it comes to vibrant health and longevity. Every disease has a root cause. Research shows that inflammation is at the root of most chronic illnesses. Cancer is a chronic illness just like diabetes and heart disease. In a podcast I was listening to the other day, they talked about how breast cancer is fast surpassing heart disease as the number 1 killer of women. Scary stats but much needed to wake us up and take action.
Sticking to a whole foods diet and exercise can help prevent and reverse most illnesses. Of course each person and case needs to be treated individually but some steps to take for most of us:
1. Eat the veggies.
Especially cruciferous ones like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and bok choy. Research shows that the consumption of cruciferous vegetables reduces the risk of breast cancer.
2. Get the exercise in.
A good sweat session eliminates the toxins from your body and lowers blood estrogen. Regular exercise also reduces inflammation and improves immune function.
3. Be mindful of the plastics.
Endocrine disrupters like BPA in plastic containers, bags and utensils can leach into our food especially when heating.
4. Scope out cleaner skin care, makeup and household cleaners.
5. Manage stress levels.
This is a big one ladies. Stress is by far the biggest factor when it comes to disease.
6. Try and eliminate or reduce your exposure to environmental toxins.
Pesticides are every where and it’s hard to steer clear of them. Consuming organic fruits and vegetables when you can is a great way to avoid them.
This list is by no means conclusive but it’s a great place to start.
Tell me what you’ll add to the list!