Keeping your breasts in good shape should be an integral part of every woman’s wellness plan. Here are 10 tips to help keep your breasts as healthy and happy as can be:
- Practice Peace: Say ahhh! It’s not just soothing—it could potentially be lifesaving. Some research suggests that psychological factors may be linked to increased risk for cancer, possibly because people under stress may tend to turn to alcohol or overeating in an attempt to cope with the pressure.
- Avoid contacting dermatitis and fungal infections by wearing a bra made of natural, “breathable” fibers and change it regularly. Your bra should be supportive, but not so tight it binds or chafes. Hand-wash bras in gentle, natural detergents. Breast skin is sensitive and can be irritated by any harsh chemical residue left in your bra after washing.
3. Know your body: While self-exams haven’t been shown to decrease the number of breast cancer fatalities, the National Cancer Institute does say that it’s important to be familiar with how your breasts usually look and feel. That way, you’ll be better able to spot any changes so you can report them to your doctor. If you want to do self-exams, the best time is whenever your breasts are not swollen or tender (as they are for many women before or during their period).
4. Know your nipples: Understand the difference between cyclical hormonal nipple discharge and discharge that might signal an infection. Are those tiny bumps around your nipple normal or an early sign of infection? What does an inverted nipple mean?
5. Wear sunscreen: Even if you slather yourself with sunscreen at the beach, think beyond the swimsuit. Halter tops and low-cut shirts or dresses can expose your decolletage to damaging sunlight. Breast skin is thinner and more sensitive than your regular skin and burns easily. Sunburn can cause pain, plus wrinkled cleavage.
6. Keep up with screenings: A clinical breast exam (CBE) every three years is the most recommended screening for women in their 20s and 30s. Yearly mammograms start at forty.
7. You Booze, You lose: Alcohol use is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. It’s recommended to have no more than 1 drink per day.
8. No Smoking: Smoking Cigarettes is associated with increased risk of breast cancer in women and is terrible for your body in so many ways.
9. Get this: women who exercise on a regular basis (just 150 mins per week) have up to a 60% lower risk of developing break cancer compared to women who prefer the couch. This fact alone should be a serious source of motivation! Plus, fat cells produce estrogen which I’ve already told you is strongly linked to breast cancer.
10. Tea and fruit promotes cleansing and keeps your body healthy and strong. It’s a package deal if you want your breasts to remain healthy. Eating the right kinds of food will promote the circulation of blood and the functions of your body, as well as the functions within your breasts – in the right direction. Basically, living a healthy lifestyle by eating a healthy diet, getting lots of rest and exercise will ensure that your breasts will also remain healthy.
Written By Damilola Okejide