Breasts. Boobs. Ta-tas. Hooters. Funbags. Lovely lady lumps.
Whatever you like to call ‘em, your breasts are an important part of your body that needs to be cared for.
Day-to-day, most of us don’t pay much attention to our breast health. It’s only when health problems arise that most women begin to get serious about keeping their breasts healthy. Like most things, prevention is the best medicine — so let’s get started this week!
The truth is, there are some factors (like genetics) that we can’t control. That’s why it’s so important to actively control what we can to maintain the health of our bodies. Nutrition and healthy eating are key factors that affect our health.
Here are five foods to incorporate into your diet to boost breast health, and a yummy recipe using each ingredient:
1. Pomegranates. Fall is the perfect time to pick up some fresh pomegranates, and you can find them at most grocery stores. The ellagic acid in pomegranates prevents the growth of breast cancer cells (and is also especially powerful in fighting prostate cancer, for the men in your household). Try these overnight oats with pomegranate and cacao nibs for a sweet breakfast that will keep you full all morning.
2. Tea. Polyphenols in tea are free radical-fighters that can reduce your risk of cancer. Green tea in particular has a high polyphenol count, so try adding a cup a day into your diet. We love this recipe for iced green tea with mint and ginger. (Bonus: ginger has tons of healing properties, too!)
3. Beans. Eating fiber can reduce your risk of breast cancer and beans are chock full of fiber. (That’s what makes them the “musical fruit!”) They’re also a fantastic source of protein, so try adding them into salads, soups, or sauces for a healthy twist. These Italian bean balls would make a tasty alternative to meatballs at your next family dinner.
4. Sweet potatoes. In addition to being a warm and cozy fall treat, sweet potatoes are loaded with carotenoids, a strong free radical-fighter. They also boast tons of vitamins and are regarded as one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Double up on your carotenoid intake by adding carrots with this roasted carrot and sweet potato recipe.
5. Brussels sprouts. Cruciferous veggies like Brussels sprouts block the growth of breast and other tumors, which prevents the spread of cancer in the body. This roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic and honey recipe has our mouths watering! And if you don’t like Brussels sprouts, never fear. Broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage are powerful cancer-fighters too.
We would love to chat about a healthy diet at your next appointment. Call us at 717-747-3099 or click the button below to schedule your appointment.