6 Breast Friendly Superfoods

Breast cancer diagnosis is feared by every woman.  In the US, it’s estimated that 1 out of 8 women will become afflicted with this devastating disease.  Despite these scary statistics, there are ways you can protect yourself and significantly lower your breast cancer risk.  One of the best ways is to look at your food (I guess you figured as much. I’m a health coach ☺ ).

Below are the  6 kick-ass superfoods that have been shown to protect you from breast cancer. Incorporate them as much as you can into your daily diet.  The deal is that you don’t want to increase estrogen levels, so these foods help reduce estrogen.

•    Green tea:   3 cups of green tea a day can prevent breast cancer by as much as 50% because of its high EGCG antioxidant content. Squeeze a little lemon into your cup and increase the antioxidant power 10 times.

•    Garlic:   A good immunity booster that also has anti-inflammatory properties. As an Italian, this is my all-time favorite. I put garlic in everything.  I mean EVERYTHING.

•    Olive oil:   This monounsaturated fat can help suppress tumor activity.  Another one of my staples. I throw it on salads, use it to sauté my veggies, drizzle over my pasta.

•    Tumeric This spice known for its beautiful orange color also helps decrease estrogen. As little as 1 teaspoon a day has been shown to reduce tumor growth. Get your daily dose by mixing it into salad dressings, rice or vegetable dishes.

•    Kale:  This leafy green binds estrogen in your GI tract and reduces tumor stimulation. Kale  also detoxifies the liver, so you don’t have toxins flowing through your body that can irritate cells and turn them into early cancers.

•    Seaweed:   High in iodine, this is another estrogen reducer.  Dulse and nori are good ways to add this fabulous superfood in your diet. Throw dulse on salads or make a hummus wrap with nori.  Like sushi? Perfect!

Sip on this for your health.  Cheers!

 Banana-Kale Smoothie

     2 kale leaves (including stems), torn into pieces

     1 banana, chopped

     1-2 cups of unsweetened almond milk (plain)

      Blend away!

How do you eat your superfoods?  Share your dishes and recipes in the comments below.  Share the health wealth, we can all use a bit of help!

Lisa Consiglio Ryan is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach for busy, active women and their families. Areas of expertise include weight loss, stress management, detox programs, and special diets such as vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Contact Lisa at Whole Health Designs for more information on health coaching programs: wholehealthdesigns.com.

Comments

  1. Thank you for the ideas! I can’t wait to try the smoothie!

  2. Me too, Samantha. The picture is absolutely scrumptious!

  3. Samantha and Monique, you must try it! Very delish + super good for you. Let me know what you think.:)

  4. What great info! I love looking at these foods as breast friendly. I’m actually drinking a smoothie with 2 huge handfuls of kale in it. Looks like I’m doing it right today :-)

    Great post, Lisa!!