Looking after your breast health is your responsibility. It is reported that every four minutes, an Indian woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. You need to know that a lot of lifestyle habits contribute to the risk of developing breast cancer. It is important to maintain overall good health in order to prevent breast problems such as breast cancer. So here are some tips for breast health.
- Healthy weight
Being overweight is a well-known risk factor for postmenopausal breast cancer, though there is no confirmation. Try to maintain a BMI of less than 23 throughout your life. Weight gain and obesity may increase your risk of breast cancer.
- Exercise is the key
Exercise is good for you, this is a known fact. But how does it help in reducing the risk of breast cancer? Fat cells produce estrogen, and high levels of that hormone have been linked to certain cancers. Any kind of cardio can be helpful.
- Avoid alcohol
Alcohol is one of the most well established dietary risk factors for breast cancer. Consuming one glass of wine over dinner is fine, but avoid having it daily.
- Eat some chocolate
There is a compound in dark chocolate that might fight fast-growing cancers. Experts explain: “The compound interacts with an enzyme, which causes cancerous cells to die but leaves normal cells alone,”. So, ladies, this is just another reason to indulge in some chocolate.
- Load up on fruits and veggies
Eating fruits and vegetables can actually help curb cancer. Consume more cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower), dark leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, citrus fruits, berries, and cherries.
- Quit smoking
The risk of many cancers, including breast cancer, and other health problems are associated with smoking. So quit if you haven’t.