Natural Therapies for Breast Health

  • About 1 out of every 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer.

  • After skin cancer, It is the most common cancer diagnosed in American women.

  • While women with a family history of breast cancer have a higher chance of developing the disease; less than 15% of women who develop breast cancer will have a positive family history.

  • Approximately 10% of all breast cancers can be linked to mutations in the cancer predisposition genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2.

  • While some women at high risk to develop breast cancer may be recommended to use medicinal chemo prevention in the form of Tamoxifen or other selective estrogen receptor modulators; all women can use natural approaches to improve breast health.

Nutrition

  • Eat organic in order to minimize exposure to harmful chemicals.

  • Nutrition should be dominated by plant based whole foods rich in antioxidants.

  • Avoid plastic containers which can contain BPAs.

Lifestyle

  • Use a non aluminum containing deodorant free of parabens and phthalates.

  • Wear a properly fitting undergarments which do not restrict lymphatic drainage.

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes each day.

  • Review with your physician the risks, benefits and alternatives of any exogenous hormone supplementation or treatments such as oral contraceptives.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Minimize alcohol consumption.

  • Minimize light exposure at night.

  • Rest well and get adequate amounts of sleep.

Supplements

  • Vitamin D

  • Omega 3 fatty acids

  • Melatonin

  • Curcumin

  • Green tea

  • Pomegranate

  • Maintain normal adequate iodine levels

  • Calcium-D–Glucorate

  • DIM