Giving your body the nutrients it needs is essential for a strong and healthy body. Proper nutrition decreases the prevalence of breast cancer and the risk of its recurrence. Here are some diet tips that you need to follow:
Add fruits, vegetables and whole grains
Fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain phytochemicals with antioxidants, anti-oestrogens and chemo-preventive properties that prevent cancer. Eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables every day. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts) are especially rich in phytochemicals.
Whole grains are raw foods that contain complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. High fiber consumption changes the hormonal actions of breast cancer and other hormonal-dependent cancers. Your daily fiber intake should be between 25 to 35 grams of insoluble and soluble fiber.
Regulate Your Fat Intake
Fat consumption may lead to breast cancer, as suggested by animal studies and epidemiological data. Refrain from eating saturated and trans fats. Food that contain these foods are:
Saturated fats: Beef, lamb, organ meats, cheeses, cream, butter and ice cream.
Trans fats: Commercially prepared foods like baked goods, cookies and margarine
- Increase consumption of poultry, fish and vegetarian proteins (legumes and lentils).
- Eating fish thrice per week increases your intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Some research studies suggest that these fatty acids may suppress the growth of breast tumors.
Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight
Women who suffer from obesity tend to have higher levels of circulating oestrogen than women who have a normal body weight. According to many studies, body mass size and breast cancer bear an association in postmenopausal women. Therefore, you can reduce your weight through a healthy diet which include five small meals, some fruits, vegetables and grains. Reduce portions of meat and dairy products.
Controlling Alcohol Consumption
According to several studies, there is an association between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. However, the main role of alcohol in breast cancer is still a matter of debate. Dietary guidelines suggest that women should not consume more than one drink per day. Breast Cancer patients should strictly avoid alcohol.
Maintaining a healthy, balanced and well-planned diet will help you stay fit for this fight by providing your body with the supplements it requires. Watch what you eat!