Follow a healthy diet

There are many diet recommendations out there; from a raw food diet, to Atkin’s, to the blood type diet.  Make this simple.  Listen to what your body need.  If you keep hearing chocolate, chips, and diet soda, you have a need to detox your system as you work toward a healthy lifestyle.

Buy whole foods; foods that have not been commercially processed.  You will find the whole foods (fresh fruit, vegetables, meat) in the outer ring of any co-op or grocery store, making shopping easy and fast.  Another tip:  buy food grown locally.  Eating foods in season and locally grown actually aids in adjusting our bodies to the climate we live in, keeping us healthy and strong.

  • Spring:  early fresh greens, bitter herbs, sprouts
  • Summer:  fresh green garden vegetables, berries, peaches, plums, cherries
  • Fall & Winter:  apples, squash, the root vegetables, grains

An overly acidic diet creates an internal environment that allows any type of cancer to grow.  Ideally our diet would consist of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods to create a ph balance of 6.8 to 7.4.  Alkaline foods include:  fruits, vegetables, and my of the spices.  Slightly acidic foods include:  legumes and grains.  Highly acidic foods include:  dairy, meat, coffee, and sugar.  Signs of disruption in the ph balance of the body include: candida symptoms, yeast infections, fatigue, headache, body rashes.

To test your body’s ph, obtain ph test strips from your local co-op or pharmacy.  Perform a saliva test (touch the ph strip to your tongue) and a urine test (dip ph strip in urine midstream). Your internal ph is between the saliva and urine numbers.  Remember good ph is 6.8 to 7.4.

Drink purified / filtered / spring water

Municipal water contains high levels of chloride, flouride, and many other chemicals that are necessary to keep bacteria / fungus at an acceptably safe levels.  Wells in rural areas now contain levels of chemical runoff from the agricultural industry.  Many of these chemicals from both city and agricultural practices are known carcinogens.  Make sure your source of water is clean.

Drink a minimum of 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.  Remember, this does not include the water you use to make coffee or the soda you had with lunch.  Pure water aids in flushing environmental toxins from our bodies.  There are many water purifying systems on the market.  Choose what you can afford.

Choose organically grown food

Why organic?  Organic foods are free of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, coloring and that awful wax that makes produce look shiny.  They are grown naturally in good healthy soil that contains the nutrients our bodies need.  Often they are grown from seed that has not been genetically modified by the agricultural industry.  Most importantly, your body will feel good eating them.

Minimize exposure to toxic chemicals

When most of us hear the words toxic chemicals we think of highly industrialized areas and clogged freeways.  We forget to include the household cleaners stored beneath our kitchen sinks, on our laundry shelves, and all the fertilizers and weed killers stored in our garage.  Read the labels.  Most of these products have a warning label on them with information on what to do  if you are poisoned.  A number of the ingredients in any of these products are known carcinogens.  No, we don’t ingest them, but we do absorb a lot of these chemicals through our skin and through breathing.  Look at what you have on your shelves, and then make a trip to your local co-op or health store to check out human friendly and environmentally safe products.

Avoid Alcohol

The body reads alchohol as a highly fermented sugar that is quickly absorbed into the blood stream.  It’s a quick sugar fix that turns the body’s ph acidic.  Remember an overly acidic body is more prone to cancer.  Yes, raise an occasional glass in celebration, but for day to day stress try a good cup of tea and a hot bath.

Reduce Stress

Ask yourself three questions:  Is the person I am doing this for capable of performing this task?  Does that person have more time than I to perform the task?  Is it my responsibility to do this task?  If the answer is yes, yes, and no, think twice about doing the task.  We often do to much for others and forget to take care of ourselves.  To reduce stress: Delegate appropriately!

Exercise Regularly

This is not about ‘no pain, no gain.’  A 20 minute walk a day aids in increasing circulation and lymph flow, gives us time to ourselves, gets us out in the sunshine, and does a good job of toning muscles and stimulating digestion.  Just remember to skip the bakery at the end of the block.

Think Positive

Take time to sit and listen to your own thoughts.  How many of the thoughts are negative, projecting blame toward other, or are self-critical?  Begin to take action in your life that enhances the positive.  Seek out a friend, counselor, or minister to act as a reflective mirror of how you view aspects of your life.  Meditation / prayer can be a wonderful part of this.  Meditation becomes a chance for quiet reflection, allowing you to tap into your intuitive side where you will often find the answers to the difficulties of life.

Eliminate any constriction from bras and foundation garments

The fashion industry seems to want to restrict our bodies for the silly sake of uplifted breasts and flat stomachs.  The wearing of these garments cause restriction of blood flow, increase heat in the breast and groin areas, cause forced and increased breathing rates, and restrict natural lymph drainage.  This makes it difficult for our bodies to carry on the normal job of detoxification and feeling good.  Minimize the amount of time wearing bras and foundation garment.  Toss any bras that cause constriction, stay away from underwire bras, and breathe easy.

These health tips, although simple and common sense, go along way in promoting full body health and reducing cancer risks.  Remember, prevention does not happen when you have already been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Prevention begins 5 to 20 years before there is a problem.