December 2, 2019
While some women have genetic risk factors for breast developing cancer, there are plenty of lifestyle choices that all women can make to ensure their bodies are as strong as possible. From exercise to diet, here are some healthy lifestyle changes to consider.
Say No To Tobacco
Smoking can increase your risk of developing breast cancer and increase complications of breast cancer treatment. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, there are plenty of ways to help you quit. These are just a few ideas to help you through the process:
• Seek free online support from the American Lung Association at www.lung.org/stop-smoking/
• Call the American Cancer Society for free advice from trained counselors at 1-800-ACS-2345.
• Talk to your doctor about medications that help curb cravings.
• Try meditation or acupuncture.
• Reach out to a friend who has successfully quit.
What you put in your body has a huge impact on your health. While eating or not eating certain foods can’t guarantee that you won’t develop breast cancer, these are some general guidelines that can help lower your risk:
• Cut back on alcohol
• Eat 5+ cups of fruits and vegetables a day
• Keep daily fat intake under 30 grams
• Vary your animal protein sources
• Stay away from fried foods
• Buy organic as much as possible
Regular exercise has endless benefits for physical and mental health. When it comes to breast cancer, moderate daily exercise has been shown to lower your risk by controlling weight, lowering estrogen levels and boosting immunity. If you’re not active, start by walking for about 30 minutes a day. You may even notice immediate results like more energy and an improved mood.