Your risk of developing breast cancer is highest if you are post-menopausal and overweight (25% above your ideal weight). If this is you, now is the time to make some serious changes in your lifestyle pertaining to diet and exercise weight loss. If you gained weight at around age 30 of 10 pounds, your risk is increased by 23%, 15 pounds – 37% and an increase of 20 pounds – 52%. This isn’t meant to scare you, just to open your eyes and take a good, honest assessment of your risk. There are good ways of reducing your breast cancer risk – and feel better all around.
Reduce the Amount of Fat You Eat
Especially fat from animal sources. Environmental (and other) toxins accumulate in the fatty tissue of animals (especially red meat). Pesticides used on the food that animals eat, antibiotics that are injected to kill bacteria, and hormones that are injected for maximum growth, are all toxins that can wreak havoc in a human body. These toxins can encourage the growth of cancerous cells.
Reduce the Amount of Red Meat You Eat
Cancer is related to the protein and fat in red meat. Not only does red meat contain a protein that is hard for a human body to metabolize, but cattle have higher amounts of toxins in their bodies than almost any other form of animal protein. You should also avoid fast foods and junk food, as these contain many toxins in the form of transfats and preservatives.
Eat Vegetables and Fruits Every Day
Vegetables and fruits contain phyto-chemicals, which actually protect against all forms of cancer. For instance, even in smokers, eating fruit twice a day rather than twice a week can cut the risk of lung cancer by 75%.
Maintain a Strong Immune System
One of your best defenses against breast cancer is to maintain a strong immune system. That way your body has a chance to fight off the development of abnormal cells. Eat a salad every day. Fresh, raw vegetables contain enzymes that stimulate the immune response. Also, if you want a supplement, take 30 mg of CoQ10 to boost immunity.
Engage in Vigorous Exercise
A National Cancer Institute study showed that vigorous exercise reduced the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Vigorous exercise would include running, bicycling over uneven ground, fast dancing, aerobics, etc. Of course, you always need to check with your health care practitioner before starting an exercise program.
Establish a Regular Exercise Program
The biggest key to exercise is regular exercise, because it alters body chemistry in a favorable way to control fat deposits where excess estrogen is stored.
Maintain a Normal Weight
Women who are of normal weight have a much lower risk of developing breast cancer. If you are overweight, and especially if you have genetic factors that could pre-dispose you to cancer, consult with a nutritionist or dietician to help you plan a program to achieve permanent weight loss.
Establish Healthy Eating Habits
A good start would be to cut way down on fatty and/or sugary foods and drinks, replace the red meat you eat with fish, chicken or turkey, and up your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Your health depends on it!