It is worth knowing that obesity and high levels of animal fats increase oestrogen levels, which increase the risk of breast cancer. Every day exposure to environmental toxins such as electromagnetic radiations, toxins in water, air and food can impair the immune system, and consequently affect the ability of the immune system to eliminate cancer cells naturally. A properly functioning immune system can recognize, quarantine, and eliminate cancer cells at an early stage.
How to boost the immune system?
We may not be able to eliminate environmental toxins from the air in our surroundings but the kind of foods we consume have a huge impact on our general well-being.
Eat fruits and vegetables
Vitamins C, E and carotenoids in fruits and vegetables are strong antioxidants. Consumption of fruits and vegetables helps scavenge the free radicals that are responsible for DNA damage and mutations. Fruits and vegetables are also rich in folic acid, known to have anti-cancer properties. Plants of the cabbage family contain large amounts of vitamin C and E. Therefore, it is important to consume radish, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cole, cabbage and broccoli during your everyday shopping. High intake of these vegetables has been associated with a lower incidence of certain cancers, including breast cancer, attributed to their anti-cancer properties.
There is a link between the consumption of a soybean-rich diet and a lower risk of developing certain cancers. Women with breast cancer, who regularly eat soybean products, are at a lower risk of dying from the disease and have lower recurrence of cancer. In line with the current medical literature, consumption of isoflavone supplements in large quantities may be a risk, while the consumption of soybeans alone is not a threat for women with breast cancer. In the Western countries, the many postmenopausal women consume products with high amounts of isoflavones (commonly used to mitigate the menopause effects) instead of following a diet enriched with natural soybean products. The studies indicate that consumption of isoflavones may be conducive for cancer cells.
Green tea has anti-cancer properties. Research indicates that components in green tea prevent the development of microtumours into aggressive forms of cancer.
Which products should be avoided?
The amount of fats, their composition and the content of fatty acids in the women’s diet is of utmost importance for breast cancer prophylaxis. The studies show that the diet rich in fats is correlated with an increased oestrogen concentration in blood serum, which increases the risk of breast cancer.
Saturated fatty acids
Excessive intake of omega 6 acids present in plant oils, red meat and milk products, combined with low intake of omega 3 acids (fish), leads to distortion of the balance of fatty acids in the body.
Numerous studies indicate that the consumption of red meat increases the risk of breast cancer.
Therefore, avoid: pork, beef, mutton and processed meat, such as sausages, Pâté and cured meats.
There are many reasons to avoid excessive meat consumption as a significant amount of saturated fatty acids affects the cholesterol levels in the human body, which is the precursor of oestrogen. Increased levels of oestrogen in the blood represent a threat to the development of cancer. Another mechanism is thermal processing of meat such as frying and grilling which results in the production of harmful carcinogenic compounds. To stay healthy, one should avoid red meat and switch to poultry, fish and legumes and use methods of cooking such as simmering, baking, boiling the meat instead of frying.
Alcohol is a risk factor for developing breast cancer. There is evidence linking alcohol consumption in women and a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
Cancer largely depends on glucose intake. Sugar contributes to increasing the body weight, which in turn influences the chances of developing breast cancer and deteriorates the prognosis for women with cancer before and after menopause. Research also indicates that obesity increases the risk of cancer recurrence.
Examine your breasts every month. The Braster System will allow you to easily examine your breasts every month.