It's the Last Monday of October, and we have successfully come to the end of the #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth festivities, and this is the final post in the series. I hope its been an interesting and educative #PinkOctober on the Health Hub.

A little recap of the articles we've had throughout the month, for the sake of those just joining in. 

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3.    13 Factors That Increase Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Now that we're all up to speed, we can move on to today's topic; the final one; the dietary aspect of reducing your risk of breast cancer.


NOTE! There's nothing like a specific diet guaranteed to cure or prevent cancer, but it also goes without saying that some of diet choices can make a big difference in lowering your risk of developing cancer. By staying away from foods that increase your risk of cancer and eating more foods that will build up and support your immune system, you can better protect your health and boost your ability fight off and prevent cancer. 

  1. EAT MORE ANTIOXIDANT FOODS ESPECIALLY GINGER; Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Antioxidants include vitamins C and E, Minerals like selenium, and flavonoids. The best sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables. You can also buy antioxidant supplements. GINGER is high in antioxidants, and is very potent in cancer prevention. (It has been said to possibly be more effective than chemotherapy in fighting cancer.)

  1. EAT FOODS RICH IN FIBRE: Foods rich in fibre and roughages such as fruit, vegetables, and whole grains and play a key role in keeping your digestive system healthy. They help keep cancer-causing compounds moving through the digestive tract before they can cause harm. Eating a diet high in fibre helps prevent many cancers generally.

3.EAT HEALTHY FATS; Eating a lot of fat increases your risk for many types of cancer. But there are healthy types of fat may actually protect against cancer.Stay away from trans fat or partially hydrogenated oil found in packaged fried foods like pizza, French fries, fried chicken etc. Eat More of unsaturated fats from fish, olive oil, nuts, and avocados. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, tuna, and flaxseeds fight inflammation and support your health.

4.CUT DOWN ON SUGAR AND REFINED CARBS; Taking refined carbs that cause spikes in blood sugar has been linked to an 88% greater risk of cance. Instead of sugary soft drinks, sweetened cornflakes etc, opt for unrefined whole grains like whole wheat or multigrain bread, brown rice, bran cereal, oats etc.

5.LIMIT PROCESSED MEAT AND RED MEAT INTAKE; Many studies have Linked the risk of cancer and eating processed meat such bacon, sausages, and hotdogs etc. This is due to the preservatives used in the processing of the meat, risk factors for cancer also increase by eating red meat, too. Eat more healthy proteins like fish, chicken, eggs, nuts, and soya.

Some cancer risk factors, such as genetics and environment, are out of your control, but some factors are within your power to change, including your diet. These guidelines should help maintain your health, boost your immunity, and hopefully keep cancer at bay. Please take note and act accordingly, because diet changes have been shown in studies to drastically decrease breast cancer risk even in high-risk women.

‼️Most importantly, please let us pass on this information to our mothers, aunties and grandmothers ESPECIALLY, who may not see all the #BreastCancerAwareness campaigns on the internet, but are at a relatively greater risk.

On this note, we draw the curtain on BREAST CANCER AWARENESS!


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