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3 Fitness, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Tips to Reduce The Risk of Breast Cancer

Fitness and Nutrition Tips to Fight and Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer.
Do These 3 Things Everyday to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
We live in a fallen world and with that we experience pain and illness in this life.

One of the things we specialize in at MOTIVFIT is helping people with chronic medical conditions to apply simple lifestyle and nutrition principles to their daily life to help them relieve symptoms of their illness and reduce the dose or the need for long term medications.

Breast cancer is one such illness.

With a diagnosis rate for women of one in eight, chances are pretty good that you or someone you know has battled breast cancer at some point in life. Men can also develop breast cancer, though the rate is higher at 1/833.

Over the years I have been in the humble position of helping several women take on the battle of their diagnosis with breast cancer. Each woman was as unique as the disease itself. Some needed help with improving the cancer-fighting properties of their nutrition. Others needed remedies for side effects from their cancer meds. While yet others needed direction in improving sleep and reducing stress.  And they all wanted to improve their odds of beating the disease!

Breast cancer comes in many forms and therefore each of these women required a different treatment approach by their physicians. It was a daunting time for each of them, yet one that they chose to conquer with the expertise of holistic nutrition coaching.

Since October is Breast Cancer awareness month, we want to share some basic but powerful lifestyle tips that will help to build a strong body equipped to fight and even reduce the risk of breast cancer.

1. Add colorful, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables into every meal. We are at the beginning of the fall harvest season which yields rich antioxidant and nutrient-dense superfoods in a variety of colors. Add a serving to each meal to boost cancer-fighting vitamins and phytonutrients.

  • Dark greens of kale, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli
  • Bright orange and gold of squash
  • And the rich deep reds and purples found in berries

2. Reduce alcohol intake. Many don’t consider this a big deal but the science shows that consuming one alcoholic drink per day increases your risk of breast cancer by 7-10%. Consuming more than that increases the likelihood to more than 20% when compared with non drinkers.

If you are drinking because you are stressed (which is also a controllable risk factor), consider alternate  methods of chilling out such as sipping on calming herbal tea, laughing with a friend in a phone conversation, or reading Scripture.

“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8

3. Exercise most days of the week.
There is no exact number that will automatically reduce your risk, however the studies support between 3-5 hours per week of both moderate and intense activity to be the most beneficial. The main thing is to move!

In addition to reducing other controllable risk factors such as stress and body fat, exercise is the primary way to improve lymphatic flow in the body. A strong lymphatic system is imperative for immune function in fighting cancer.

If you or someone you know has breast cancer, or you are just looking for more ways to reduce your controllable risks of breast cancer, we are offering a complimentary Holistic Health and Lifestyle Assessment during the month of October so you can build a strong and healthy body. Click here to schedule.
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