Though no longer breast cancer awareness month, I wanted to share a few tips on maintaining good breast health, both internally and externally.
Lovely lady lumps. Doing self-exams is an easy way to detect anything in your breasts that seem a bit out of the norm. This is why it’s important to get to know your body. However, four out of five lumps felt are benign so don’t immediately panic. Often times a new lump could be a cyst or fluid sac associated with hormonal changes. When in doubt, get it checked out by your physician to be sure.
Put your breasts to the test. A clinical exam can be done by your OB/GYN during a regular appointment. The American Cancer Society suggests women should start getting mammogram screenings at the age of forty. Therefore, ask your doctor when he or she believes what age is best for you. Don’t forget to inform your physician of relatives who’ve had breast cancer and the age they were diagnosed.
Good posture keeps them perky. Although there are many reasons to practice good posture, preventing your boobs from sagging is definitely one of them. Remind yourself to sit and stand up straight, and you can almost instantly see and feel the difference.
You are what you eat and drink. Consuming produce can help curb cancer! Studies show that eating fruits and veggies helps lower estrogen receptors which are important for negative breast cancer results. Not that we needed another reason to indulge in chocolate, but researchers have discovered a compound in dark chocolate that can fight fast growing cancers. It is also believed the skin of dark grapes have anticancer properties. Foods filled with folate such as spinach and black-eyed peas have the ability to repair damaged DNA which has been leaked to cancer. Excessively drinking alcoholic beverages can cause increased levels of estrogen which contributes to a higher risk of breast cancer.
Better bras for better boobs? When it comes to bras there are many brands, styles, and sizes. With so many options how does one know what is best? The truth is no matter what type of bra you wear; your breasts are going to change over the years regardless. Our boobs need all the support they can get. Approximately eighty percent of women wear the wrong size bra, meaning lack of support which causes back pain, bad posture, and sagging. Get fitted for new bras yearly to ensure you’re wearing the correct size. It is also recommended that you wear sports bras during exercise.
Avoid creases around your cleavage. The cleavage area is one of the most exposed areas to sunlight. Don’t be afraid to apply sunscreen there to avoid damage to the skin. Just like the other parts of the body, our breasts need moisture. Think of all the stretching that takes place during pregnancy, weight gain or loss, and changes due to our menstrual cycle. Remember to moisturize your breast with natural creams and oils such as organic coconut oil.