Updated: Dec 5, 2022
From magazines to the internet, women are encouraged to keep up with self-examinations, a professional examination by a health professional and annual screenings like mammograms, thermography breast imaging, ultrasound (for women with dense breasts). This is all good. Yes, early detection for cancer can save lives. Even as we do our due diligence in doing the above, let's take the necessary precaution in preventative measures.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food - Hippocrates
As I write this article, my focus is on how we maintain healthy breasts. After an incidence of a suspicious cyst in my right breast in 2010 My gynecologist referred me to a breast surgeon. The first thing I had to do was to block the entrance of fear in my life and look to my God for wisdom. Derek Prince, a great Biblical teacher referred to Him as the 'Body Maker'. I prayed to the Body Maker, and He gave me some instructions.
I then began on a journey of proactive personal care of my breasts. I began by praying and speaking certain Bible scriptures over my breasts daily, eating for breast health, incorporating certain herbs with my berry shakes in the morning, changing my deodorant, and watching what kind of fragrances I put on my body.
After six months, I went for a follow up ultra sound of my right breast and I received a clean bill of health.
The suspicious cyst was gone. God's Word never fails. It always accomplishes its mission.
TAKING CARE OF THE TWO PRECIOUS COMMODITIES GOD HAS GIVEN TO US.
How to implement preventative care;
In addition to speaking God's Word and prayer, He has prescribed good food to maintain and restore health to our bodies. Ezekiel 47:12 & Psalm 103:5.
Hippocrates, the father of Modern Medicine reiterated these words "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
Some of the best foods come from the cruciferous family: broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower and brussels sprouts.
They are loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals which fight against free radicals in the body. One of the phytochemicals is sulforaphane which helps put our bodies in a great position to neutralize toxins and carcinogens which can cause cancer.
We also should limit the intake of red meat and increase our intake of fatty fish like salmon, herring and sardines.
These foods are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D which play an important role in keeping our breasts healthy because of its antiangiogenic properties. An antiangiogenic is a substance that inhibits blood vessels in feeding a tumor.
Ground flaxseed and flax seed oil is a must for every woman to prevent breast cancer.
According to Jade Beulter in his article "The role of flaxseed oil to prevent breast cancer" remarked "the most powerful phytonutrient plant food to date is flaxseed."
Ross Pelton, PhD suggested that a tablespoon of flaxseed oil a day is an excellent preventative measure.
Herbs play a major role in breast health.
Dandelion and burdock top the list because of their purifying effects on the body. Dandelion, a herb that is commonly known for a healthy liver, detoxifies the breasts and lymphatic system around the breasts.
Burdock cleanses our glands (lymph and pituitary) and helps to balance our hormones.
You can drink them in tea form or dandelion greens can be juiced with fruit and vegetables.
Let's keep on moving...
Scheduling 150 mins a week of moderate to vigorous exercise in our busy schedules can lower the risk of breast cancer because it stabilizes our hormone levels and boost our immune system.
Invest in a rebounder (small trampoline) and enjoy the workout. This does wonders for the lymphatic system.
Last, but not least personal breast massage is an integral part in breast health. It removes harmful toxins. This can be done right after a shower.
So let's incorporate the Word of God (Bible) prayer, proper nutrition, exercise and massage as part of daily routine for breast health.
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.