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Breast Health Awareness

October is a National Breast Health Month

We all have someone in our lives that has been effected with this devastating disease called breast cancer. Breast health begins with awareness and by empowering ourselves with knowledge & actively taking charge of our own health. It’s a lifestyle & daily practices that will allow you to live a healthy & happy life. Here are few tips that can be incorporated into your daily routines.

  • Keep Healthy Weight – Your fat cells produce estrogen which can accumulate in your body
  • Exercise Regularly – Regular exercise strengthens your immune system; it also helps promote lymph drainage. And if you are unable to exercise do “Dry Skin Brushing” – use a brush with natural bristles start from your ankles & work up the body with upward strokes to get your lymphatic fluid moving.
  • Drink Less Alcohol – Research shows that by drinking alcohol on a regular basis increases the risk of breast cancer approximately 40%.
  • Improve Your Liver Function – Liver performs many very important functions in the body, such us producing cholesterol and as you know our sex hormones are made from cholesterol. Liver also metabolizes hormones, cholesterol, alcohol & other chemicals. To keep your liver happy make a point of eating 2-3 cups of organic celery & about one cup of parsley a day.
  • Eat Proper Fats – According to Dr. Enig avoiding phony fats like margarine and vegetable shortening, as well as processed vegetable oils that are high in polyunsaturates is a must for any woman wanting to prevent breast cancer. Taking extra care to include organic sources of healthy fats like olive oil, butter, and coconut oil, as well as CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) rich foods from grass-fed cattle, will help prevent breast cancer and other diseases.
  • Learn How to Handle Stress – Studies show that there’s a strong connection between stress & cancer. It’s unrealistic to say stay away from stress but it’s very important to learn how to handle stress. There’s no one method that works for everyone but several practices such as yoga, meditation, exercise, etc has shown to lower stress levels in individuals.
  • Get Tested – American Cancer Society recommends women in their 20s start self breast exam, women in their 20-30s have clinical breast exam by a professional every 3 years, and women ages 40 & older have mammogram screening.

My personal favorite screening tool is Thermography, which is not designed to replace mammogram but is a wonderful prevention tool that is radiation free, FDA registered & gives earliest detection of breast disease.

Since October is a breast health month Advanced Medical Thermography Center is offering $25 towards any scan or package of your choice. For further details please contact Dr. Hillary Smith 818.769.4045

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