Nutrition and Breast Cancer (Part 1)

There are so many things that have been thought of as causes to breast cancer.  Some of those things we can control, and some of them we cannot. Because diet is one of those risk factors that we have some control over, it warrants our attention.  Our best defense when it comes our health is to be proactive and do whatever we can. The stronger our immune systems are and the healthier we are, the more capable we are of dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, and it’s treatments.

This first article will focus on our nutritional choices to promote overall good health, fend off disease, and better deal with any malaise or breakdowns.  There is strong evidence that supports our ability to bolster, and strengthen our immune systems based on our food choices.  I advocate a diet rich with cruciferous vegetables, fresh organic fruit, and if you are a meat eater, farm raised meat protein. When it comes to caloric intake, that is a bit more complicated, and will vary from person-to-person. Your height, current body weight, and  the need, or desire to gain or lose weight, will indicate your Recommended Daily Intake, or RDI.

Why do I advocate these items? Well, first and foremost,  there is sound evidence to support their health and cancer fighting  properties. Cruciferous veggies such as cabbage, broccoli, and brussel sprouts are rich in nutrients and help to deactivate cancer causing agents. Organic fruit provides you with complex sugars, and is void of carcinogenic pesticides and fertilizers. The same is reportedly true of farm raised meat.

I shared a few food items that would be beneficial for you, but on the flip side, I suggest you steer clear of some food products that have ample evidence to support their links to cancer.  Simple sugars, water that is not stored in BPA free bottles, and dairy products. I emphasize that this is a very short list of no no’s. Eliminating these items would be a good start, and certainly promote a healthier body system.

Our best defense when it comes our health is being proactive.. The stronger our immune systems are and the healthier we are, the more capable we are of dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, and it’s treatments. Because medical science has not come forth with any conclusive evidence to pinpoint the direct cause of breast cancer, it is important for us to focus on those risk factors, such as dietary intake,  that are within our control.

If you want to get the detailed skinny on the research findings around nutrition and breast cancer visit the National Cancer Institutes Website.

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