Breast Health Month

I want this to empower and inspire you to take charge of your health!

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian woman ages 35-54, with an estimated 1 in 9 women developing breast cancer in her lifetime. With a high statistical risk, especially occurring in the younger population of women there needs to be a strong focus on breast cancer prevention. According to the Canadian cancer society about 30-35 % of all cancers can be prevented by eating well, being active, and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Breast cancer begins with changes in the DNA of the breast cell. This can be initiated by a variety of causing agents including genetic, hormonal, physiological, and environmental. One of the primary causes of breast cancer is excessive levels of estrogen metabolizes. Estrogen is made primarily in the ovaries and is broken down in the liver creating different types of estrogens. Some of these estrogens are protective while others can be potentially toxic.
Also found in the breasts are some of the lymphatic systems lymph vessels which are connected to lymph nodes. An important part of the body’s defence system, lymph nodes create lymphocytes that help to trap debris and foreign particles so they don’t enter the blood stream. When this system gets overburdened, we become susceptible to disease.

Other known risks:
Aging (50 and older)
Having never given birth or having children after age 30
Not breast feeding
Increased exposure to estrogen caused by hormone replacement therapy for more than 5 years
Early onset of menstruation (before age 11)
Late menopause (54 and over)
Increased breast density
Overweight or obese after menopause
Lack of physical activity
Alcohol consumption
Cigarette smoking
Chronic inflammation
Certain medications
Exposure to xenoestrogens

Signs and symptoms, CHECK YOUR BREASTS:
Any breast lump that feels different from the surrounding tissue
Change in the shape or size of breast
Puckering or dimpling of breast skin
Peeling, scaling or flaking of the nipple
Discharge or fluid from the nipple

Support the ta-ta’s!

Bad Boob Foods:

  • Refined sugar and processed foods- sugar promotes an acidic state in the body and is fuel for cancer cells.
  • Exposure to xenoestrogens- these chemicals with estrogen-like activity are found in common pesticides, industrial pollutants, plastics, and hormones found in many meats and dairy products. Buy ORGANIC!
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Foods with Bisphenol A- also known as BPA, it’s a chemical used in the lining of canned foods and in plastic water bottles, and is a known hormone disrupter. Eat fresh!
  • Avoid environmental estrogens: BPA, parabens, and phthalates. These are found in many skin care products.

Good Boob Foods:

  • Antioxidant support- eating a variety of colourful fruits and veggies, especially tomatoes. These are high in lycopene.
  • Low Glycemic- eat a low sugar diet
  • High fiber- Such as flaxseed, and chia. Fiber helps the bind to toxins and eliminate them from the body.
  • Eat your veggies- especially broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussel sprouts. These are high in I-3-C compounds. (use caution if you have a thyroid concern)
  • Healthy fats- avocados, hemp seed, almonds, coconut oil, sesame seeds.
  • Drink water- do I need to explain this one?
  • Spice it up- Turmeric and ginger are wonderful anti-inflammatories and have anti-tumor properties
  • Phytoestrogens- Flaxseed, alfalfa, and non- GMO soybeans (50-150mg daily). can help re-balance low and high levels of estrogen.

If you’re interested in how to eat right to protect your breasts, give me a call! 1-902-598-8371


About Hannah Pidgeon, RHN

Graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2011. Consulting in Charlottetown, PEI. Mama to a beautiful baby girl.
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