Maintaining Healthy Breasts
Beautiful, healthy breasts come in all shapes and sizes. And maintaining healthy breasts is as simples as going in for clinical breast exam, commonly know as CBE.
Healthy Breasts Exam Tips
Clinical Breast Exams-CBE
A CBE examine should be performed by a professional health care provider. This is typically done by a trained physician, nurse-practitioner, or medical staff that is trained on the procedure and technique. They can also teach you to do self exams and what to look for.
What age to start clinical breast exams
The rule of thumb is that is it never to soon but it could be too late. CBE is part of a normal routine screening for women. Age 20 is a good time to start. Later when starting mammogram exams, CBE will be part of the screening process.
Maintaining healthy breasts includes mammogram screenings Although there has been much controversy on when to start, the recent information is that it is best to do between the ages of 50-75, unless there is a history of breast cancer in the family. In that case be sure you work with your primary care physician.
An alternative to mammograms is thermography (thermal imaging). With thermography, there is no exposure to radiation and this test is more effective at identifying certain types of cancer. Ask your health care provider if it’s right for you.
Circulation For Healthy Breasts
The tissue surrounding the breasts is loaded with lymph and lymph nodes, part of our body’s immune system. Lymph nodes act as filters and trap foreign materials that are then destroyed by white blood cells within the node and also keeps toxins from building up. It’s a good idea to practice daily lymphatic breast massage and/or dry brushing. Detox deodorant is another option. Read this post to find out about how detox deodorant helped heal breast cysts.
Good Nutrition For Healthy Breasts
Despite the current bad rap on fat, real breasts are composed of real fat, and including an ample amount of good fat in your diet is essential. Virgin oils, organic butter and high quality fish oil supplements are all good fat intake.
Iodine is a well-known supplementation and has been used to eliminate breast cysts. Consider adding some seaweed to your meals for a wonderful blast of nutrition.
Breasts need a little extra TLC and a breast massage is excellent for circulation. There are a wide variety of breast health massage oils available on the market that can be applied topically.
Vitamin E For Healthy Breasts
Research shows women who regularly eat foods rich in vitamin E have a lower risk of breast cancer. These foods include avocados, almonds, sweet potatoes, leafy green vegetables, wheat germ, and salmon.
Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralize oxygen free radicals, these tiny unstable molecules of oxygen can damage our DNA – damage that can lead to cancer. Vitamin E also slows down how fast tumor cells grow and divide, and promotes tumor cell death. Vitamin E’s tumor fighting capabilities don’t stop there. It also prevents new blood vessels from growing into tumors. Without new blood vessels, tumor can’t get the necessary nutrients they need to grow bigger.
The best source of vitamin E is food rich in this protective nutrient. You can take vitamin E as a supplement — but, research shows you don’t absorb it from supplements as well as you do from food. If you do take a supplement, make sure it is made from a natural source of vitamin E rather than a synthetic form. The daily, recommended dose of vitamin E is 400-800 international units.
Research has found that taking other antioxidant vitamins, like vitamin C and Coenzyme Q10, make the anti-cancer effects of vitamin E even stronger. Particular attention should be paid to the interactions of other antioxidants with vitamin E and to the duration and timing (pre- verses. postmenopausal) of vitamin E use in determining its preventive utility in breast cancer.