As a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a grandmother or any strong woman for that matter – you have more than enough on your plate, and are the Queens of multi-tasking. Between soccer practice, recital and getting the kids a healthy breakfast while brushing your teeth and combing your hair at the same time (Mom’s, you know it’s possible), there is often one major thing that falls through the cracks:
Life takes a toll on all of us, especially women’s health. The most common topic in regards to women’s health common to all cultures is breast cancer. Did you know that an estimated 1/9 women are expected to develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime?1 Did you know that 1/30 women in Canada die from breast cancer?1
The statistics are evident, and the thought of breast cancer for anyone who has been or knows someone that has been diagnosed is a daunting one. Luckily there are a number of steps we can take for prevention and to promote awareness. All it takes is a conversation – so let’s talk.
With no single cause, breast cancer is a complex disease that involves uncontrolled cell growth that aggregates to form tumours, which can be malignant or benign (invasive vs. non-aggressive). The most common type of breast cancer is classified as carcinoma, developing from epithelial cells in the mammary ducts.2 Breast cancer can spread to other areas of the body, known as metastasis, and develop to higher stages of cancer. Many factors play a role in the development of breast cancer such as genetic predisposition, environmental factors, and dietary and lifestyle choices.3
There are a few myths surrounding breast cancer as well; for example, soy food consumption does not directly cause breast cancer and the radiation from procedures such as mammographies does not either.
As difficult and daunting as breast cancer is, the key is prevention, prevention, and prevention from a dietary and lifestyle perspective. Including antioxidant rich foods in your diet such as green tea, berries, other fruits and antioxidant rich supplements such as Organika®’s Super OPC-7™ reduces oxidative damage that encourages uncontrolled cell growth, thus reducing risk.4
Simple changes like increasing fibre and water intake helps to flush toxins in the body to help promote healthy circulation and healthy weight levels; higher Body Mass Index (BMI) or unhealthy body weight come with an increased cancer risk, as well as the obvious factors such as smoking and alcohol.5,6 Including “super foods” into your diet such as broccoli, kale, spinach, almonds and salmon can provide the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids your body needs to promote better metabolism and reduce breast cancer risk. And it may be tough, but those daily (or every now and again) workouts will benefit you in the long run – especially with reducing cancer risk. Light to moderate exercise about 30 minutes a day will significantly reduce breast cancer risk by improving insulin sensitivity for balanced blood sugar, reducing whole-body inflammation and helping to flush toxins from the body!7 In combination with dietary changes, you can significantly reduce risk of breast cancer and benefit your general health in the process.
We know what you are thinking: how on Earth can I incorporate all these changes with the demands of everyday life? The key is to begin with small changes.
Nutritional supplements such as our Soy Isoflavones™ and Estro-G™ not only help with menopause symptom management, but balancing estrogen hormone levels that are associated with increased tumour formation [REF]. Antioxidant rich supplements such as Grape Seed Extract™ and Black Elderberry™ can reduce DNA damage that leads to unproliferated cell growth, and products such as Korean Red Ginseng™ and Organic Maca Powder™ act as nutrient powerhouses to cover nutritional deficiencies that can lead to increased breast cancer risk.
Here at Organika® we understand how difficult it can be to deal with the mental and physical trials of breast cancer, and the emotional journey that comes with it. With our vision and our products, our goal is to spread awareness about prevention and encourage healthy living to reduce overall risk. For more information on our products and breast cancer in general, please visit www.organika.com as well as www.cbcf.org.