Cancerous stem cells could be why breast cancer returns. We need to strike at the root of the cancer. That's where broccoli comes in. Sulforaphane, a sulfur-rich compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, bok choy, and cabbage has shown to suppress the ability of breast cancer stem cells to form tumors. This means that if you're currently in remission, eating lots of broccoli could possibly help keep your cancer from returning. To reach the right levels of concentrations of sulforaphane in breast tissue, determined by Johns Hopkins University researchers, you need to eat at least 1/4 cup of broccoli sprouts a day. You can buy them in the produce aisle or easily grow them at home. I've included this YouTube video tutorial http://ow.ly/onVz50AMZc9. Juice them or add them to your sandwiches, wraps, burritos, tacos, smoothies, shakes and salads.
You can also buy Sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS) broccoli seed extract from my online supplement store at https://wellevate.me/brandi-funk where you will find my Breast Cancer Prevention protocol.
We cannot achieve optimum health without adequate sleep. Sleep has a powerful effect on immune function and inflammatory signals. Sleep is healing. Our body recovers, repairs itself and regenerates while we sleep. A lack of sleep is linked to many cancers, including breast cancer. After just one night of only four or five hours of sleep, your natural killer cells, the ones that attack cancer cells, drop by 70%. Also, when you don’t get enough sleep, you are susceptible to weight gain, a risk factor for breast cancer. Aim for 7-9 hrs of sleep every night. Implement good, consistent sleep habits. If you still have trouble sleeping most nights, I highly recommend that you seek help from your doctor sleep specialist.
Your diet plays a big role in the development of breast cancer. Research shows that certain foods can not only help prevent breast cancer but also dramatically improve the odds of survival among those who have been diagnosed with it. Women who avoid meat and dairy products can dramatically lower their risk of breast cancer and recurrence. Instead, I recommend following a plant-based diet. A plant-based diet is anti-inflammatory, low glycemic and rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are plant compounds that fight disease and cancer. Try this delicious Spicy Almond Butter Noodles recipe and other plant-based recipes from Purple Carrot at http://ow.ly/AfHn50AKQcg. Are you following a plant-based diet? Why or why not. Please comment below.
Are you drinking enough green tea? Drinking 3 cups of green tea a day has shown to drop breast cancer recurrence by up to 47%? Green tea contains Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol (a natural chemical compound found abundantly in plants) that has powerful healing and health benefits. Drink it hot or cold and don't forget the lemon. Adding lemon boosts EGCG content by 5-fold. To learn more about optimizing health during breast cancer remission, download my "10 Steps to Optimize Health During Breast Cancer Remission" at http://brandifunk.com.
When it comes to fighting breast cancer, I highly recommend incorporating as many cancer fighting "superfoods" into your daily diet as possible. High on my list of "superfoods" is flaxseed. Not only is flaxseed loaded with nutrients, omega-3 fats, and fiber, research shows that eating flaxseed may help prevent and treat breast cancer by blocking the inflammatory effects of interleukin-1, a master regulator of inflammation and immune responses in our body. To learn more about the research on flaxseed and breast cancer, watch this short video at http://ow.ly/FfGm50AI6IW. Need some ideas on how to incorporate flaxseed into your diet? Add ground flaxseeds to your favorite smoothies, shakes or bowls. Replace eggs in recipes with one tablespoon of flax seeds and three tablespoons of water to replace one egg. Try these delicious Peanut Butter Flaxseed Pancakes by the Minimalist Baker at https://minimalistbaker.com/peanut-butter-flaxseed-pancakes/.
Knowledge is your superpower! 20-50% of breast cancers are due to modifiable risk factors such as alcohol intake, stress, smoking, radiation exposure, chronic inflammation, exposure to estrogen, high blood sugar and insulin, high fat diet, excess weight and physical inactivity. Only 5-10% of breast cancers are due to genetic factors. Take action to lower YOUR risk. Download "10 Steps to Optimize Health During Breast Cancer Remission" at http://brandifunk.com to learn how to lower your risks! Let's start the conversation. How do you stay healthy during breast cancer remission?