The millions of women who are or have battled breast cancer are superheroes. And this month is all about supporting this group of fighters. While there is no food that can prevent breast cancer, those in treatment or in remission can benefit from a healthy lifestyle, including some superfoods.
Here are three healthy lifestyle tips for those battling breast cancer:
Working out might be the furthest thing from your mind during this tough time, but there are benefits to staying active during and after treatments. Women who work out are 50% more likely to survive, and it can decrease your chance of reoccurrence, according to a Harvard Nurses Health Study. Try fighting treatment fatigue with 30 minutes of exercise daily. Always make sure to consult with your physician before picking up a new workout routine.
Eat Lean Protein and Whole Grains
Picking lean protein such as turkey, chicken and fish over fatty red meats can help decrease your fat intake, which is recommended for those fighting breast cancer. Whole grains contain high levels of fiber that may have a positive benefits by altering hormonal actions of breast cancer and other hormonal-dependent cancers. Try oats, rice, wheat or barley in your next recipe.
Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
It’s recommended that you eat seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day to provide your body with the cancer-fighting phytochemicals your body needs. Strawberries and raspberries contain a phytochemical that may aid in breast cancer prevention. Vegetables, such as broccoli, kale and cabbage, are excellent sources of sulforaphane, which help aid against the spread of tumors.
A healthy body and diet are just two aspects of the breast cancer journey. Remember to do self-examinations once a month and to consult your doctor for when you should consider yearly mammograms.