October is upon us once again, and we all know what that means: it’s breast cancer awareness month. But don’t just wear pink this month. Go further and guard yourself against this devastating disease.
Renowned breast cancer surgeon Dr. Steven Quay has dedicated his entire career to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. In his 30 years as a physician and research scientist, he has helped more than 80 million people with breast cancer treatment. How? His pioneering efforts in breast cancer research have led to the invention of 7 FDA-approved pharmaceuticals, 87 U.S. patents, and 130 pending U.S. patents. He is currently focused on preventing the nearly 2 million cases of breast cancer in the USA each year.
Here are 10 tips he recommends:
1. Take care of your liver
Since the liver breaks down estrogen, alcohol consumption, drug use, a fatty liver, liver disease, and any other factor that impairs healthy liver function can spur an estrogen build-up.
2. Eat healthy bacteria
Bacterial imbalance in the gut, and other problems that compromise digestion, interfere with the proper elimination of estrogen from the body via the digestive tract. Try including a daily probiotic to your diet.
3. Boost your fiber intake
Insoluble fiber binds to excess estrogen in the digestive tract, which is then excreted by the body. A fiber supplement can also affect the composition of intestinal bacteria and reduce the build-up and re-absorption of free-floating estrogen. Good sources include wheat bran, corn bran, rice bran, the skins of fruits and vegetables (apples, pears, berries, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and carrots), nuts (especially almonds), seeds (particularly sunflower seeds), soybeans, dried beans, and whole-grain foods.
4. Go organic
Some dairy and meat products may contain hormone additives, so choosing organic dairy and meat may reduce your exposure to excess estrogen.
5. Change up your diet
Consume weak phytoestrogenic foods, which counteract the effects of estrogen, such as pomegranate, flaxseeds, pears, apples, berries, organic non-GMO fermented soy, wheat germ, oats, and barley.
6. Ensure you’re getting your vitamins
The body requires sufficient intake of zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6 and other essential nutrients, not only to support the breakdown and elimination of estrogen, but also to aid the function of enzymes responsible for the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
7. Be mindful of what you consume
Avoid exposure to xenoestrogens from plastics, cosmetics and the birth control pill. Xenoestrogens mimic the effects of estrogens, and tend to be found in water, soil and food products.
8. Be soy careful
Soy has a relatively high concentration of some types of estrogens, so try to avoid unfermented soy products like tofu and soy milk.
9. Manage your stress
As the body responds to high levels of stress, it “steals” progesterone to manufacture the stress hormone cortisol, often leaving a relative excess of estrogen.
10. Sleep well
Maintaining poor sleep habits cause a reduction in the hormone melatonin, which helps protect against estrogen dominance. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night in a cool, dark room.
For more information on Dr. Quay and his efforts fo prevent breast cancer, visit https://drquay.com/