It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been personally impacted by breast cancer in some way. In fact, 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer within their lifetime. With Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming to an end, we got together with our friends over at Bōsm Wellness to chat all things breast health. Here are some of the best breast-health tips you can incorporate into your everyday life.
Fat cells produce estrogen, and high levels of estrogen have been linked to breast cancer. Exercise balances your hormones, builds immunity, and cleanses your body of toxins. Cardio is always good, but don’t skip strength training! Practice moves that build upper body strength like planks and push-ups.
Because people who practice regular breast massage know their breasts and bodies better, they know right away when something changes. This is a wonderful “feel good” method to get to know your breasts and “monitor” their phases blissfully. Since our breasts are mainly composed of fat tissue, they don’t have the same blood flow circulation as the rest of the body. As a result, breast tissue can become stagnated and dense, a great area for toxins to make a home. Massaging your breasts can mobilize your lymphatic system. Two out of three of their formulations have THC which is quickly absorbed into your skin where it nourishes and rejuvenates breast tissue and triggers your natural detoxification process. It also doesn’t hurt that it smells amazing and is a great way to unwind at the end your day.
Studies showed that women who drank more than three drinks a day had 1.5 times the risk of developing breast cancer as did nondrinkers. We know a glass of wine (or a few) sounds pretty great at the end of the day; but more than ever, people are turning to cannabis instead of drinking. Thankfully, Care By Design carries five different CBD:THC ratios to relax after a rough day.
We know you hear it all the time, but you really should be drinking more water. Humans are made up of 70% water and water is a transportation system for nutrients and waste. While you may be running to the restroom a little more, you’ll reap all the amazing benefits (like glowing skin and better digestion) that accompany drinking more water.
We know this one’s pretty obvious, but reach for more fruits and veggies. Purple grapes are full of the antioxidant resveratrol that protects your cells from damage that could lead to cancer, and spinach and black-eyed peas are high in folic acid that has been found to repair DNA. Make a conscious effort to stay away from foods high in preservatives. The best way to do that? Focus on cooking meals for your family that include wholesome foods like lean proteins and organic produce.
Self-care is becoming a buzzword and there’s a reason for that. We spend so much of our day ignoring our needs to focus on work and others. Giving yourself 30-60 minutes of self-care activities bring you joy, bliss, spirituality, and connection. Maybe that means a walk, a workout, a nice bath, meditation, or breast massage. But allow yourself some feel-good time.
Give the Girls Love
While we know it’s not always possible, braless time is really great if/when you can get it. As we mentioned above, restricting lymphatic flow causes toxic build up, so always be aware of the impact of tight-fitting bands and clothes. There’s a reason taking off your bra is the best part of the day for many women!