Breast Health 101: Parabens, Underwires, Lifestyle, and the C-Word
Survive and thrive by taking back control over your life, your health, and your boobs!
By Deni Kirkova
A few genetic factors outside our control put some people at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, such as age and gender. However, there are plenty of others that we do have a say in - ones we can manage. That’s a good thing! From diet to our choice of beauty products and more, some habits you may be familiar with while others could surprise you.
In light of this, Lenka recommends using natural deodorants such as crystal, stone, roll-on or cream varieties. Choose wisely and look for varieties that are free of aluminium salts, parabens, BPAs, petrochemicals or plastic packaging. We personally adore the Axilla Deodorant Paste by Black Chicken Remedies.
Take back control over your life and your health by following our guide below.
Lifestyle Habits for Healthy Breasts
What to do in abundance!
- Be physically active. Obesity increases your chances of breast cancer, especially with age.
- Eat dark, green, leafy vegetables, such as kale and broccoli, fruits, especially berries and peaches, plus beans, pulses, and whole grains. Try to incorporate all 9 tree nuts into your diet as each one offers its own nutrition powerhouse. Can you name them all?*
- Switch to natural beauty such as paraben-free deodorants and organic soap bars.
- Wear natural, organic fabric.
- Try wire-free bras or ditch bras in favour of supportive clothing.
- Breastfeed your babies until they’re about 1 year old or longer if you can, as it protects against breast cancer.
Things that are a no-no
- Drinking too much. The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer.
- Smoking! Obviously.
- Eating too much meat, especially red and processed meat. Animal protein-heavy meals have been found to contribute to cancer risk factors. It’s best avoided.
- Too much exposure to BPA, plastics, plus lab-made textiles and materials. As if we needed another reason to go to Zero Waste in 2020!
- Wearing underwire bras all the time. There is some anecdotal evidence that tight bras and underwires can cause adverse effects to your health. It might be worth switching to non-wired alternatives (at least for the comfort!)
- A lot of hormone therapy, or over a long period of time. Combination hormone therapy (HRT) for more than three to five years increases the risk of breast cancer.
- Excessive exposure to radiation and environmental pollution. Get medical-imaging CT tests only when absolutely necessary!