Big, little and everything in between, breasts are a feature best associated with femininity, and we love them.
Ladies, we hope you love yours just as much because the statistics associated with breast cancer — even with millions of dollars annually being pumped into research — are alarming. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation: One-in-8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime; and it’s the second leading cause of death for women, which means that of the 220,000 diagnoses in the U.S. this year, 40,000 of those women will die. The bottom line is that the more we monitor our breasts, the lower the chances of becoming one of those fatal statistics.
March is Women’s History Month, so to honor our fellow sistahs and promote healthy living, we present a list of the best “boob foods.” That is, foods that are good for breast health. Let’s take a look, but don’t be surprised if these foods sound familiar from previous HellaWella stories — these are foods that balance hormones, reduce inflammation and do wonderful things for our cells.
Those fatty fish lessen the chance of having breast cancer by 14% by reducing inflammation. This means eating lots of fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines and herring) and walnuts, and staying away from that juicy cheeseburger.
Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and watercress all help balance hormones, reduce inflammation and fight cancer-causing cells through compounds more than other vegetables.
One of the lovely things about fibrous diets, in addition to making our digestive system regular, is that those routine clearings of the bowels take away waste and free estrogen. The less estrogen that gets absorbed into our bodies means the less women are exposed to the hormone and the lower the risk of breast cancer. Women looking for higher fiber should eat whole grains, oats and legumes, and should avoid white flour and instant oats.
The carotenoids in sweet potatoes, carrots and squashes reduces inflammation, while the resveratrol found in the skin of purple grapes helps reduce estrogen levels. Unfortunately that means swapping your wine for a bundle of grapes, as alcohol consumption could increase breast cancer risk by 21%.