October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And I'm pretty sure we all know or have heard of someone who has had or has breast cancer. I have personally talked about how my paternal grandmother losing her battle to breast cancer at a young age affected by father and his siblings as well as how those effects trickled down into my childhood. However, what I want to everyone reading this post today to remember is that you have a fighting chance (males that included). So I'm linking up with the BLM Girls Go Pink to share 5 healthy habits that can help your reduce your risk if breast cancer if you don't have it and help you to stick it to breast cancer if you do have it.
1-Eat Healthy: This is something that a lot of struggle with but the truth be told we are what we eat. When we eat healthier foods our bodies our better able to fight our sickness and even cancer. Plus, fruits and vegetables are very rich in antioxidants that help to fight cancer specifically. One change that I've made is trying to Dr Oz's Anti-Cancer Breakfast Shake to help reduce my chances. Check out the recipe here.
2-Get Active: Eating right alone won't make our bodies strong. We have to turn off the tv and the computers and get out in the yard with the kids and run around. Don't have kids? Well, invest in a gym membership and get a workout buddy to help stay motivated. Exercising our bodies not only helps us to keep our curves in shape but it also releases positive disease fighting hormones too.
3-Limit Drinks: I'm not talking about KoolAid, juice or water either. Getting wasted (or tipsy) every night of the week might make you feel like the life of the party in the long term it's only destroying your body inside and preventing your immune system from being able to function properly. As, with all things if you're going to have alcoholic beverages drink in moderation.
4-Touch Yourself: Yep, you read correct. Doing daily, weekly or bi-weekly self exams is the best way to catch breast cancer or changes in your breast period. It's not just breast cancer that affects your breast. Women and men can get cyst, scar tissues and more. Don't know how to administer a self exam find out here.
5-Professional Checkups: You may be doing your self exams at home, but you still need make checkups with your doctor every six and of course schedule your yearly mammograms. Some of us are going miss lumps due to improper technique. Others of us might just write a little lump off as having had too much caffeine Whatever the case, a professional exam and mammogram are the only ways to be certain or not you have breast cancer.
Have you gotten your professional breast exam or mammogram?