Combining her love for fashion and sustainability, fashion expert and passionate health crusader, Michelle Kramer is the Founder and CEO of Ohganix®; a lifestyle company for men and women focused on creating health conscious organic apparel.

Preventing breast cancer means raising your awareness. As mentioned in part one many factors can contribute to breast cancer so it is important to be conscious of these influences to deter your body from being susceptible to this disease.  Here is a breakdown of the first half of the list and how you can help yourself to prevent breast cancer

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat as much of a whole food, unprocessed diet as possible.  Try to stay away from anything refined and eat foods as close to how nature created them as possible.  Eat a healthy diet abundant with a full spectrum of organic fruits and vegetables.  Include every color of the rainbow and try to eat locally sourced ingredients as much as possible by shopping at farmers markets and growing your own food if you are able.  Locally sourced food will have a higher nutritional value than those picked before they are ripe and shipped across the country to get to you.  Choose organic grass-fed meets and dairy products as well as pasture raised eggs and poultry to avoid added hormones, antibiotics, GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms), and various dyes and additives found in conventional meats.

Stay Hydrated

Avoid or keep to a minimum caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea, while instead drinking water as well as beverages such as fresh fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies is a great way to maintain good hydration levels throughout the day.

Additionally, vegetable foods and beverages contain high amounts of chlorophyl which has potent antioxidant properties and naturally inhibits and prevents cancer growth.  Green vegetables both whole and juiced are also alkaline foods which help to balance acidity in the body and aid in cancer treatment.  Cancer can not survive in an alkaline environment so you can prevent and restore balance to your bodies PH by incorporating more greens into your diet.

lymphGet at Least 30 Minutes of Exercise a Day

Exercise is not just important to maintain a healthy weight.  Exercise is proven to be effective in contributing to better brain health by stimulating the brain neurons for optimal functioning, memory and also releasing endorphins which help our overall mood and well-being.  Additionally, exercise activates blood flow and the body’s lymphatic drainage system(responsible for proper organ functioning and clearing cellular waste products, such as cancer cells, and toxins out of the body).  A combination of weight resistance and cardiovascular exercise should be incorporated into your daily routine.  Rebounding (bouncing on a trampoline/rebounder) is one of the most effective exercises for activating the bodies lymph and the cardiovascular system and for just 10 minutes a day can be a highly effective preventative measure for combating cancer.

Nourish Your Well-being

Having at least a weekly or monthly plan of wellness modalities is a valuable tool to help clear the body of toxins and assist your bodies lymphatic drainage.  Wellness modalities include: Sauna/Infra-red sauna, steam room, massage, ozone therapy, foot bath, colonic, rife, chiropractic, acupuncture, and modalities of the like; which can restore and maintain optimal health and well-being.  I encourage you to do an online search to learn more about the above treatments and see if there is a health center near you that offers any of them.

Get at Least 8 Hours of Sleep a Day

A minimum of 8 hours of sleep a day is recommended.  Sleep allows our bodies to recover and renew.  Our bodies administer billions (yes BILLIONS) of functions a day and along with the wear and tear from our daily activities they need that time to rest and recover.

Phew! What a run down eh? Let us know how you stay healthy in the comments section below and stay tuned for part 3 in this series… There’s a good run down on nurturing the skin you’re in.

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Resources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Breast_Cancer_Awareness_Month

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/breast-cancer-risk-factors/prevent-breast-cancer-aluminum-47100115

http://www.scafo.org/library/110401.html

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20100209/dry-cleaning-chemical-likely-causes-cancer
http://www.goddesshuntress.com/tag/oxybenzone/
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