Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Girls.

OK, ladies, this isn't a normal post of my cutie girls....this is about a different set of girls. We all have them and there is some important info out there on how to keep them safe.

For anyone who doesn't know of Dr. Oz, quite frankly - YOU SHOULD. He airs a show on TV, has a website, and is a remarkable source on how you can keep yourself and loved ones as healthy as possible. Today his show is about breast cancer. So much info out there and he was sorting it all out for you today. I can not help but share what I jotted down quickly. Please, PL ESE read my sketchy notes, but more importantly go to his site and re-watch the show. To quote "we are in charge of our own destiny."

Alarming enough only 5-10% of current women with breast cancer have history of it in their family. So if you think you are safe because you are relying on your genes, guess again. Bigger studies with better technology now shows us that much of breast cancer is caused by too much estrogen. There are 5 questions to ask yourself (and here is where my notes get sketchy so please rewatch the show!)
-started menstruating before age 12
-had first baby after age 30
-bottle fed babies
-something about menopause and age 55
-ever being on hormonal treatments (infertility, HTR, etc)
YIKES I see that list and qualify for more than I want to!!! Then to throw on top of that list there is one more eye opening fact - being overweight. Fat causes your body to make more estrogen. The more fat the more estrogen. Belly fat goes right up to the boobs ladies. Having belly fat increases your risk of breast cancer by half. HALF. -gulp-

As more of the show aired, more info evolved. Again, please watch the show online to catch it all, but if anything take a hold of this info:
"Food Is Preventive Medicine" Take it to the grave ladies!!!! Statistics show over 80% of women in the audience of the show today will get or have cancer cells in their breast. Eating off these three food groups can zap those cells away! I love that! So here they are.
1. Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables such as arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale are rich in sulforaphane – one of the primary phytochemicals (protective compounds found in plants) that helps prevent cancer. Recent studies from the Linus Pauling Institute, which was supported by the National Cancer Institute, suggest that sulforaphane can selectively target and kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells healthy and unaffected. And get this - one handful of broccoli sprouts has as much of sulforaphane as a whole pound of broccoli!!!
2. Folate
A recent study found that women with the highest folate levels had a 44% lower risk of breast cancer than those with the lowest folate levels. Eggs, spinach, asparagus, oranges...and get this - sprouted lentals are LOADED with folate. They only take 5 minutes to cook and cost only 55 cents per serving....who says eating healthy isn't fast and cheap!!!!
3. Fiber
Studies continue to confirm the link between eating fiber and a reduction in breast cancer risk. Researchers have found that both soluble and insoluble fiber reduce the risk of breast cancer, especially for women consuming upwards of 30 grams a day. How? Insoluble fiber sticks to free estrogens in the gut, and sweeps them out. In fact, fiber may also ensure that less estrogen is free in the first place. When less estrogen is absorbed, you end up exposed to lower amounts of the hormone, which in turn lowers your risk of breast cancer. Whether you’re trying to shed pounds or fight cancer, you need 35 grams of fiber each day. Pears, strawberries, raspberries, whole grains, oats, white chia seeds, apples, yum!

When I get real with myself and acknowledge my own personal risk of getting breast cancer, I can't help but think of my family. Exactly what I am doing to them by not taking every opportunity to lower my risk? Cancer doesn't just effect the victim, it effects the whole family. That is why I took today to share this info. Tell everyone you know.

Today, I am not going to be selfish and destroy my body. Today, I am making a difference in my body. Today, I am making a 100% effort to take care of myself and my family. It starts with educating ourselves and then taking action. Please, please check it all out at www.doctoroz.com

...because life is beautiful.
...because if you are reading this, than you personally are loved by someone who cares.

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