October is “Breast Health Awareness Month”…. and I’m going to give you some simple self-care tips that you can implement at home.
Here in America, our health care system highlights the importance of breast health during the month of October. All the information is being offered with the best of intentions, however, I find a couple of very important tips missing from the common dissemination of information: what you can do to keep yourself ahead of the game.
Most of the information I see out in the mainstream media and at doctor’s offices is focused on what you do, once a lump has been found. For example: Breast Self-Exam, getting a regular Mammogram, having your doctor check you regularly. This is all great, but, the challenge with this, is that the growth has already started. I wouldn’t call this ‘prevention’ but rather, ‘detection’. In the traditional medical model, once something is found, there are attempts made to remove the offending lump/mass. I feel that this is a ‘victim’ mentality, with women feeling helpless and just sort of ‘waiting around’ to see if they are ‘one of the ones’.
I would like to present you with some regular self-care choices that can empower you (and, if you are a man, you can share these with the special women in your lives).
Basically, like any other tissue in the body, the breast requires a good blood supply (oxygen and nutrients) to the tissue and then a good venous supply to take waste products and de-oxygenated blood back to the lymph and heart.
I’ve read several different theories on the origination of cancer in the breast tissue, and I’m not going to expound on any of them here. There are great sources online for that. However, in a nutshell, the best way to keep the breast healthy is to keep a good blood supply going to the breast, ensure proper elimination of waste products from the breast, and then to keep inflammatory levels low in the entire body. Of course, that’s an oversimplification of the process, but that gives you the ‘big idea’.
Here are some simple ideas of things you can do for yourself to increase circulation to and from the breast tissue and to decrease bodily inflammation:
Preventing Breast cancer is do-able and not out of our reach. It is easier to prevent than most people realize. We do have tools available to us that can support our health and well-being.
I encourage you to try some of these above tips. Even if you try one of them and do that for 6 months and add something into your day in another 6 months, you will be making slow, steady changes to your overall health.
With blessings for continued health and vitality to you and your families,