(NaturalHealth365) When faced with breast cancer, many women wonder what strategies they can incorporate into their life to increase their chances of survival. After undergoing countless treatments of chemotherapy and radiation most breathe a sigh of relief that they have finally beaten this deadly disease. Then reality sets in, and they must face the fact that while their cancer is “gone” there’s still the chance that it can come back with a vengeance.
Surviving breast cancer is possible and, in truth, many women have gone on to live their lives cancer-free for the rest of their lives. So, what’s their ‘secret?’ They know there are certain strategies that will help them survive and follow them as a measure to make sure they never have to face the nightmare of breast cancer again.
When you follow these simple strategies breast cancer cells have no choice but to stop their deadly progression within your beautiful body.
Surviving breast cancer begins with unconventional wisdom
1. Consume cancer-fighting foods.
While eating healthy and consuming foods that are high in nutrition is important for anyone, it is especially vital for breast cancer survivors to eat a well-balanced healthy diet that includes foods that are known to fight cancer, such as:
Carotenoids: Fruits and vegetables that are high in carotenoids are particularly helpful and have shown to provide a 33% increase of survival amongst survivors that made them a major part of their diet. Foods rich in carotenoids include carrots, sweet potatoes, dark green vegetables such as kale and spinach, apricots, mangoes, tomatoes, and cantaloupe.
Fiber: A high-fiber diet has also shown to reduce the recurrence of breast cancer cells. Adding whole foods that are high in fiber will greatly increase the chances of survival. Try increasing your intake of organic brown rice, beans, raspberries, pears, apples, green peas, cauliflower, and barley.
Organic (Non-GMO) Soy: For many years breast cancer survivors were told to stay far away from soy because of the estrogen-like properties it contained. New evidence however is showing that not only is there not a risk, but that soy is actually beneficial in terms of mortality and reducing the recurrence of breast cancer cells. Organic fermented soy such as miso, tempeh, natto, and kombucha are your best bets and should be consumed in moderation.
2. Avoid high-fat dairy products.
Especially conventionally-produced dairy products, breast cancer survivors who regularly consume full-fat cheese, ice-cream, and yogurt could cut their chances of survival in half. Scientists from the cancer research center at Kaiser Permanente in California looked at reports of 1,500 women who had survived breast cancer and completed questionnaires about how often they consumed dairy products.
Don’t be fooled by milk advertising. They found that women who ate just one portion of full-fat dairy products a day were 50% more likely to die from breast cancer in the next 12 years. The most common culprits were cheese, ice-cream, yogurt, and full-fat lattes. It is believed that this is because most dairy in the United States is full of oestrogen – a hormone that is known to generate the growth of tumors. Low-fat varieties of the same foods did not show a decrease of mortality rates, so if you’re set on consuming dairy products make sure they’re organic and grass-fed.
Better yet, why not try making your own homemade almond milk, as a healthy alternative to cow milk?
3. Get plenty of exercise.
Not only can physical exercise help with side effects of treatment, but it can also vastly improve survival rates for those who have beat breast cancer. Try to get in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise in each week.
More than two dozen studies have shown that just a few hours of exercise each week will reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 30-40%. Any exercise is better than none at all. Walking, yoga, and swimming are all forms of gently exercise that are a great place to start after treatment and will greatly increase your chances for survival.
4. Make time for meditation.
It’s no secret that meditation is a huge benefit for reducing stress and anxiety amongst breast cancer survivors. Research is showing that not only is meditation beneficial for survivors’ mental state, but can be an advantage for their physical state as well.
It all has to do with telomeres, the proteins at the end of chromosomes that become shorter every time a cell divides. Longer telomeres are associated with survival, while shorter telomeres are associated with disease and premature death. Research conducted on meditation amongst breast cancer survivors showed that after only 3 months of meditation, their telomere length was unchanged. Those who did not meditate were shown to have shorter telomere lengths than when the study began.
5. Increase your vitamin D level.
According to a report from the University of San Diego Medical School, breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice more likely to survive than those with lower levels of this essential nutrient. Five studies conducted on 4,443 breast cancer survivors over a period of nine years found that the benefits of vitamin D help to increase communication between cells by turning on a protein that blocks cells division.
While the current recommended daily allowance for vitamin D is a dismal 600 IU for adults and 800 IU for people over 70, breast cancer survivors are often told to consume 4,000 IU (or more) daily – depending on the results of current blood tests.
Obviously, as much as we’d love to, we can’t possibly list all the natural breast cancer survival strategies that exist in a short article like this. So, this is a ‘special request’ to all of our holistically-minded, healthcare providers out there…
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