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4 Natural Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

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Hey loves! In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I’m sharing just a few of the ways we can all lower the chance of getting breast cancer. Of course, this is no guarantee as there are many factors that can play into the risk for this disease. However, anything that could possibly give me more of an edge, I’m all for it.

  1. Eat more plants. Less chicken.

…..Or any other meat for that matter. This is not a post to get any of you carnivores to stop eating meat but, the fact is that including more vegetables and fruits is one of the best ways to lower your cancer risk because they help to keep your body in a more alkaline state. Cancer or any other disease cannot survive in an alkaline body. You especially want the bright and dark-colored fruits and veggies like spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, , eggplant, blueberries, and strawberries.

2. Exercise

I know, I know, you’ve heard it a million times: exercise is good for your body and mind. Well, you can add to the list that it can help reduce your risk for cancer.

Most of us know this but, actually doing the exercise we need consistently can be hard. What I’ve done is to break my sessions up into 10-minute intervals and aim for 30 minutes a day which equals 3 sessions. Chunking my workouts like that helps it to seem like less of a chore when I’ve been working all day and running after a two-year-old.

3. Get more vitamin D

There’s research that links low vitamin D levels to an increased risk of getting breast cancer, and most of us (including me) are walking around with dangerously low levels without a clue.

A test from your physician can cut out all of the guesswork but, whether you think you are deficient or not, taking a vitamin D supplement is always a good idea.

4. Quit Smoking

If you are a smoker and were looking for a sign to quit here it is:

The use of tobacco increases the risk for many different cancers including breast cancer according to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

If you’re currently a smoker but, desparately want to put the cigarettes down and don’t know where to start, check out these resources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking/in-depth/nicotine-craving/art-20045454

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