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Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Breast cancer awareness month is an excellent opportunity to spread information about the role of nutrition in breast cancer prevention and support.

Dietvana would like to share some nutrition tips for breast cancer awareness:


Focus on Plant-Based Foods: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds provides essential nutrients and antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of various cancers, including breast cancer.


Maintain a Healthy Weight: Being overweight or obese, especially after menopause, increases the risk of breast cancer. A balanced diet combined with regular exercise can help maintain a healthy weight.


Limit Processed and Red Meat: High consumption of red and processed meats has been associated with a higher risk of certain cancers. Opt for lean proteins like poultry, fish, and plant-based sources such as beans, lentils, and tofu.


Eat Foods Rich in Fiber: Foods like whole grains, beans, lentils, fruits, and vegetables can help maintain healthy estrogen levels, which might lower breast cancer risk.


Include Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These can be found in fatty fish (like salmon, mackerel, and sardines), walnuts, and flaxseeds. Some studies suggest they may help reduce the risk of breast cancer.


Stay Hydrated: Drinking water and staying hydrated is essential for overall health.


Limit Sugary Drinks and Foods: High sugar intake may contribute to weight gain, a known risk factor for breast cancer.


Limit Exposure to Hormones in Foods: Some believe that hormones used in certain meat and dairy products might contribute to breast cancer risk. Choose hormone-free or organic products when possible.


Vitamin D: There's some evidence to suggest that adequate vitamin D levels might play a role in reducing breast cancer risk. Ensure you're getting enough through food, sunlight, or supplements (with medical consultation).


Limit Sugary Drinks and Foods: High sugar intake may contribute to weight gain, a known risk factor for breast cancer.


Soy Foods: While once debated, more recent research suggests moderate consumption of whole soy foods may be safe and possibly beneficial for most people. These include tofu, tempeh, and edamame. Avoid high doses of soy supplements.


Stay Active: While this is more about physical activity than nutrition, it's worth noting that regular exercise can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity every week.


TIP:

Juicing can be a convenient way to increase your intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, especially if you're someone who doesn't typically consume a lot of fresh produce.


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