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Breast Health

October is breast cancer awareness month, so I'm going to share some natural ways that you can support breast health

  • First of all, breasts are full of lymph nodes, so it's important to support the lymphatic system. Deep breathing, dry skin brushing (always towards the heart) and exercise are all great ways to support the lymphatic system.

  • Avoid underwire bras. Proper blood flow will increase the nutrients that are carried to the breasts, so choose a bra that doesn't have underwires.

  • Make sure you sweat! Sweating is a great way to get toxins out of the breast area, so avoid anti-perspirants. Natural deodorants are ok.

  • Avoid simple carbs like sugar and white flour.

  • The breasts and the thyroid both love iodine. However, healthy fat is what carries the iodine where it needs to go, so it's important that you're eating healthy forms of fat and that you're able to digest it. Healthy forms of fat are avocados, real butter, olive oil (which isn't as stable when heated, so it's better for a salad dressing. I use avocado oil for cooking), coconut oil, nuts and seeds, salmon...If you decide to supplement with iodine, look for a food source and always follow the directions on the bottle. In rare cases, a person might be allergic to iodine, so use with caution.

  • Consume antioxidant rich foods like blueberries, spinach, and broccoli.

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Kelly Cullen is a Naturopath, Digestive Health Professional and Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. She owns Pleasant Wellness in Mount Pleasant Michigan, where she works with clients to lead them toward better health, naturally. She is also available for speaking engagements.

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