With special women in all of our lives, the month of October is a time to spread education and awareness, and empower all women about health and wellness— for Breast Cancer and beyond.
Here at UNI KEY, women’s health is important to all of us. These are a few of our favorite tips to help protect yourself and the women you love, this month and always!
1. Put a Cork in it.
One of the most well established dietary risk factors for breast cancer, alcohol (in excess of two to three drinks a week) has been proven to increase breast cancer risk for women by as much as 37% percent with an even greater risk increase for menopausal women.
2. Consume both soluble and insoluble fiber (25 to 30 grams per day).
Fiber traps estrogen in the blood stream and helps remove it from the body. A fiber supplement such as Super-GI Cleanse will help to maintain regularity and ensure adequate daily fiber intake along with your veggies and fruits.
3. Steer clear of Excess Estrogen.
Avoid synthetic sources of estrogen. For years, studies have shown a link between long-term HRT and Breast Cancer. Shop organic when possible and make sure to thoroughly wash all non-organic produce which may contain pesticides with estrogen-like substances. Buy hormone-free dairy, meat and poultry. Adequate progesterone can help balance estrogen dominance. Check out ProgestaKey.
4. Take a Daily Copper-free Multivitamin and Mineral.
A daily multi may be your best insurance when it comes to the cancer-fighting antioxidant nutrients your body needs. Look for a multi like our Female Multiple that curbs copper (copper levels are associated with elevated estrogen) and contains selenium, an antioxidant mineral shown to reduce cancer risk.
5. Get Physical.
A study published in an issue of the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, found that women with low fitness levels are three times more likely to die of breast cancer than physically fit women. Consistent exercise can lower the number of fat cells, which reduces levels of cancer-stimulating estrogen.
6. Fight the Battle of the Bulge.
Since 1982, American Cancer Society researchers have monitored the correlation between weight and cancer risk. Their findings show that compared with people who maintained a BMI of less than 25, those who were obese (BMI of 40 or more) were 57 percent more likely to die from cancer. According to Peter Greenwald, MD, director of cancer prevention for the National Cancer Institute, “about 90,000 cancer deaths annually are associated with obesity.”
7. Spice it up with Turmeric.
In animal studies, this anti-inflammatory herb was found to prevent breast cancer from spreading to the lungs and may prevent its occurrence as well. Check out the Fat Flush Curry Seasoning to get you started on ways to use this spice.
8. Get on the Co Q-10 Bandwagon.
Groundbreaking studies from Texas to Toyko have found this coenzyme effective not only in preventing breast cancer but in slowing its growth. A study by Danish doctors in the mid-1990s treated breast cancer patients with Co Q-10, and those who received the highest dosages (390 mg daily) saw complete regression of the primary tumors and metastases in the liver. These high amounts of Co Q-10 worked by blocking free radicals and stimulating a suppressed immune system to fight cancer cells.
9. D-Fend Yourself.
Women who live in places with less sunlight have higher rates of breast cancer. Studies have found that women with breast cancer have lower levels of vitamin D than women who don’t. Between 70 and 98 percent of Americans are deficient in vitamin D – only those living below 34 degrees north latitude (a line connecting Los Angeles and Columbia, South Carolina) get enough annual sunlight for adequate vitamin D production. Getting a baseline vitamin D test is optimal (you want to be above 50 ng per millileter). The Vitamin D Council recommends 5,000 IUs of vitamin D a day to keep immunity optimal especially with cold and flu season around the corner.
10. Lick the Sugar Habit.
Avoid white flour, white rice, processed carbohydrates and refined sugars and sweeteners. All of these foods can trigger hormonal changes that may lead to breast cancer. Sugar-laden foods spike blood sugar levels quickly which result in high insulin levels – one of the biggest risk factors and promoters of breast cancer. For friendly carbs, stick with beans and gluten-free grains instead. Satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sources of sugar – find 501 ways in Get the Sugar Out.