Healthy Eating for Breast Health

Discover What? How to Eliminate Sugar from your diet and Boost Healthy Breasts

Research shows that cancer has an insatiable appetite for sugar. As the saying goes, you are what you eat is not a myth. The evidence is there that cancer cells thrive on the fuel of glucose and use more of it than regular normal cells.

There is a link between elevated blood sugar levels as well as increased insulin levels and cancer risk. Also, eating too much sugar suppresses the immune system. Below are a few strategies that you can use to eliminate or minimize the use of sugar from your diet.

How Glycemic Load helps

The glycemic load (GL) is a good food pattern to follow in eliminating simple sugars.

This method of eating focuses on foods with low Glycemic levels. That means that these foods do not spike the blood sugar levels in the blood but actually absorbs more slowly and keeps your blood sugar steady and more on a even keel. Foods like green leafy vegetables, low glycemic fruits beans (legumes) proteins, and whole grains do the trick.

The same foods that fight cancer such as legumes, cruciferous vegetables, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are important. These cruciferous vegetables are important as they contain components like 13C and DIM which promote the conversion of estrogen to its harmless 2-hydroxyesterone form. They also include beta-carotenes found in carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables and squash.

Learn how these Foods Work

When you eat the GL foods listed above, they help your blood sugar from spiraling out of control. However, when you eat high GL food, saturated fats and omega-6 fatty acids in your diet, these may cause your body to become less sensitive to insulin. Insulin is the hormone that delivers glucose into your cells and controls blood sugar levels. This is what happens when someone says that “I’m pre-diabetic.” This pre-diabetic condition is called insulin resistance and if it is not controlled, it raises your risk of developing full-blown diabetes. You have to make adjustments to your diet plan and focus on making changes that are realistic, do-able and ones that give you the results. For example, you will want to reduce the amount of fat, such as saturated fat in the diet to less than 20 percent. Avoid all hydrogenated oils and replace with a tablespoon of raw flax oil, or the ground flaxseeds to your food daily.

Hormones: What role do they play?

Hormones play a key role in breast health. Estrogen is the engine that fuels certain types of breast cancer. But know that excess estrogen has also been linked to fibrocystic breast disease (FBD). Pharmaceutical hormones as an oral contraceptive pills and HRT have been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Taking hormone is not the only way to be at risk, estrogens are present in our food, and water and certain chemicals present in our environment have hormone properties.

Another factor to reconsider is that fatty tissues produce estrogen in post-menopausal women. High-fat diets may reduce the amount of estrogen discarded by the body, but diets high in fiber and low in fat can reduce the amount of circulating estrogen. The less free estrogen there is in the body, the lower the chances of unwanted lumps in our breasts.

Grasp the Good News to Keep your Breast Healthy

We can reduce the amount of estrogen in our bodies by avoiding commercial animal products that include meats, poultry, and high-fat dairy. These foods contain fake estrogens – that are used to breed the animals. Instead, we can gradually adopt and add more plant-based foods in our diet.

Avoid food that is in contact with soft plastics that can give off large amounts of toxins call polymers. These may leach into the food and mimic the effects of estrogen in the body. Improve your dietary intake of fatty fish, high in omega-3 fatty acids, whey, eggs,

Nuts and seeds. Occasionally you can enjoy hormone free poultry, hormone free low fat dairy products.

Take action now and get started to replace the things that you feel may not be healthy. You don’t have to disrupt your life all at once. Take stock of what needs to change. Write them down. Look over the list and ask yourself. What is the most important thing I can start with today to begin my transformation? Is it something that you can repeat the next day? Day after, the day after next, and so on. If the answer is yes, then ask yourself another question. How ready am I to implement that change and how will I measure the result of the change?

To your healthy lifestyle!

Author's Bio: 

Hope Anderson is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist Coach, specializing in Healthy Lifestyle. She is passionate about inspiring people how to engage and learn about food, nutrition and its impact on health in making informed decisions for themselves.

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