In my previous posts, I talked about what really causes breast cancer (read it here) and why a healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent it (read it here).
If you're already making changes, you're taking a huge step in the right direction to finally take control of your health.
Yet diet isn't the only thing you should be thinking about. There are some other ways you can boost your protection. Here are three:
1. Cut down on chemicals. If you're like most women, you have a favorite liptstick, perfume, and moisturizer, but all those products you use on a daily basis are filled with toxic chemicals. Parabens and phthalates are by far the worst offenders and have been linked to breast cancer.
We're actually exposed to nearly 80,000 chemicals each day! So although it's impossible to completely avoid them, here are a few easy ways to reduce your exposure:
2. Get off the couch. You know exercise has so many benefits, but add one more to the list: it can actually improve the health of your cells so you'll have a strong defense system against breast cancer.
In fact, 30 minutes of exercise 3 to 5 times a week will decrease your risk for breast cancer by 18 percent. The good news is that you don't have to spend hours at the gym or sign up for boot camp. Here are some easy ways to make it work:
3. Then, relax. All of the women I see complain they're always busy, overwhelmed, and put everyone else's needs before their own. I'm a busy working mom myself and I understand how difficult it can be to make time for yourself. But the more opportunities you have to re-energize, the less inflammation you'll have, and the more protection against breast cancer. Try at least one of these this week and I promise you'll feel more Zen:
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