October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although the coronavirus pandemic has cancelled Breast Cancer walks, concerts and other large events, there are several virtual events you can tune into. And there’s no shortage of articles that you can read that offer breast cancer prevention tips, like this one…
When it comes to breast cancer, there’s good news and bad: Deaths in the U.S. from breast cancer declined drastically–nearly 40%–between 1989 and 2015, saving the lives of over 300,000 women. The bad news is that mostly because of unhealthy lifestyle choices, the incidence of breast cancer diagnoses is actually rising.
So ladies, after reading this article, please, please share with your friends and followers on social. Without further ado, here are my tips to reduce the likelihood of developing breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Prevention Tips: Reduce Intake Of Glyphosate Residue
Our country’s own Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that more than 90 percent of the soybeans grown in the U.S. is genetically-modified. Crops like soy (as well as corn and wheat) are grown with GMO seeds to be able to withstand glyphosate, a synthetic herbicide and pesticide.
There’s no evidence that shows a direct cause-and-effect link between glyphosate and breast cancer specifically. But, and here’s a big but, studies have shown that there’s an association between glyphosate exposure and certain types of cancers such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
There is actually some recent research to suggest glyphosate leads to breast cancer. According to MedicalXpress.com, the International Breast Cancer and Nutrition (IBCN) initiative discovered that glyphosate can lead to mammary cancer when breast cells are more vulnerable to oxidative stress.
Considering that pretty much all non-organic food has glyphosate residue, I highly recommend buying organic everything. In full transparency, organic foods can also contain glyphosate, but usually at much lower concentrations.
Avoid GMO Soy & Estrogen Dominance
And it’s not just non-organic soybeans you have to be worried about if you want to lower your risk of developing breast cancer. Just say no to everything with soybean oil, which means just about everything that comes in a package or container. Pay attention to food labels. Does it list “soybean oil”? If so, don’t buy it.
The exception to soy is fermented soy products such as tempeh. But I would suggest limiting fermented soy as well. That’s because eating too much soy as well as other lifestyle factors I’ll address shortly can lead to a condition known as estrogen dominance.
Soy is a phytoestrogen. That means it’s a plant that mimics estrogen. And when you consume soy, the isoflavones (a type of natural plant chemical) despite being heart-healthy, may bind to estrogen receptors.
Eating a moderate amount of tofu or having a glass of soy milk probably won’t drive your hormone levels out of whack. I think soy-phobia is a little overblown. But I use the analogy of death by a thousand paper cuts. Or, to put it in a soy-centric way: one glass of soy milk won’t kill you, but a 1,000 might. Why gamble on soy when you can have my easy, homemade almond milk instead?
But if you are perimenopausal, menopausal, or post-menopausal consuming foods with weak phytoestrogens may actually balance estrogen levels, and may even help to avoid breast cancer. Besides soy, other phytoestrogens include flax and sesame seeds, berries, beans, lentils, rice, alfalfa, apples, carrots, wheat germ, and ricebran.
Xenoestrogens also mimic estrogen but in a much stronger way than phytoestrogens. Again, if you have a moderate amount of non-GMO soy, it’s probably safe and may even help to prevent breast cancer. But xenoestrogens are a horror story. Produced by chemical companies, xenoestrogens are synthetic chemicals that bind to estrogen receptors. What products contain them? Xenoestrogens are in our food supply. Preservatives and food-coloring-agents such as BHA and FD&C Red 3 are examples, respectively. BPA in plastics; PCB in paint and oil; birth control products (pills and IUDs), sunscreens and cosmetics may also contain xenoestrogens.
To avoid your exposure to xenoestrogens, again, buy all organic food. And throw out all synthetic cleaning, cosmetic and skin care products in your home. How can you tell if a product is safe or harmful to health? Use the Environmental Working Group’s SKIN DEEP database.
Try to limit your purchases of food in plastic packaging. Look for containers with recycling numbers 1 and #2, as these are BPA-free.
If you’ve gone most of your life oblivious to the detrimental effects caused by xenoestrogens, I recommend taking a supplement called DIM. DIM helps detoxify the body of harmful estrogen. Remember, not all estrogen is created equal. Like cholesterol, there’s good and bad. It’s all how estrogen gets metabolized that’s key. Xenoestrogens produce not only estrogen imbalance (dominance), it produces harmful estrogen metabolites.
Balance Hormones Naturally
Despite the link between hormone replacement creams and lotions and the increased risk of breast cancer, hormone replacement therapy remains popular. Hormone balancing can be done in a safe, effective way if bioidentical hormones are used. Derived from wild yams, bioidentical hormones help rebalance the metabolic pathways that produce sex hormones.
Have an Organic Green Drink Every Day
I ship my Organic Green Drink all over the country, direct to your home. There’s no chopping, shopping or messy clean-up involved. And you don’t have to remember to prepare it. For those who really don’t like the taste of raw green veggies in a salad, I add the perfect amount of subtle sweetness to mask the taste. But Organic Green Drink is still very low in sugar.
Try Organic Green Drink for one month. You’ll be amazed by how you look and feel!