Even though one in eight US women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, our focus needs to be on health and prevention. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to potentially lower your breast cancer risk and stay healthy.
The key to reducing your break cancer risk is to reduce your body’s overall inflammation.
Diet, lifestyle choices and nutritional supplements can have a “positive effect” on reducing inflammation, and on reducing your risk for breast cancer.
1. A Keto-alkaline diet reduces inflammation
In my Magic Menopause™ program I have seen diet changes that dramatically reduce inflammation. In particular, participants eating an alkaline diet have reported less joint pain, less menstrual discomfort and reduced chronic pain due to inflammation (especially chronic back pain).
Studies have confirmed this. An alkaline diet has been linked with lower rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases. Animal and cell studies have shown that tumor growth actually increased in acidic environments and may support cancer proliferation.
There have been many studies which have scientifically shown that a ketosis state not only supports weight loss, but that is also reduces epileptic seizures, reduces overall inflammation and blood sugar issues (diabetes, insulin resistance), may help fight cancer and may even be effective at treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s.
Nightly prolonged fasting (ketogenic lifestyle factor), greater than 13 hours also showed a decrease in breast cancer, a decrease in HbA1c and an increase in sleep. (JAMA Oncol. 2016 Aug 1;2(8):1049-55)
Many in the medical community already view a ketogenic diet is an effective initial phase of many patient treatments to reduce the underlying inflammation associated with chronic diseases.
2. Natural treatments can also provide anti-inflammatory support
As I researched and developed my Mighty Maca™ Plus drink one of my primary goals was to create a superfoods drink that would reduce inflammation. Key ingredients needed to provide anti-inflammatory benefits. So I included maca, turmeric, mangosteen, cat’s claw, resveratrol, and many more.
I use Mighty Maca as a baseline protocol in all of my transformational programs, as I know that for true healing to occur, the lingering effects of years of inflammation need to be addressed.
And not only do I use turmeric in my Mighty Maca formula, but I love using it as an add-on inflammation fighter as well. Turmeric not only reduces existing inflammation but can stop your body from producing the chemicals that initiate inflammation in the first place. This is how aspirin and OTC pain meds work, but turmeric is much better. Turmeric is the perfect inflammation fighter! It is so naturally effective.
3. Preventative focus is vital: Understand your risks, do self-exams and really get to know your body!
Learn the other risk factors of breast cancer. There is a genetic component but 90% of your risk is due to environmental exposures and lifestyle decisions! And keep up on your self-checks, physician exams and testing. I know testing can be scary. See my own scary moments during my mammogram two years ago… I was trembling but felt I wanted to share what I know to be an emotional journey. Everything ended up fine, but please remember, it is so important to do regular checks.
And when I say to “get to know your body”, I mean just that! I have had so many women come to me over the years complaining of inflammation and dryness around their vulva and vagina. So you’ve got to know what’s “normal (for YOU)” down there, too. Best way to understand that is to take a look! Do you know where your vulva even is? (It is likely where you are experiencing irritation, dryness and other discomforts and inflammation).
Ultimately YOU are the champion of your own health which includes your breast (and all your lady parts!) health. Or if you are a man reading this, please provide support to the women in your life and encourage them to maintain an anti-inflammatory diet! Do it together!