Let's spice it up! One of my favorite herbal spices is Za'atar. Za'atar is an aromatic, tart and nutty spice blend that originated in the Middle East and it always includes Hyssop, Sumac, Sesame Seeds and Salt, which are rich in antioxidants with antiseptic, antimicrobial, cancer-fighting, and potentially mood and brain boosting properties. The use of herbal remedies, including Za'atar, is prevalent in breast cancer patients in Palestine. Mix za'atar with olive oil and spread it over bread (or dough) before baking. Sprinkle on vegetables before roasting and add to your favorite soups. There are lots of recipes for Za'atar online. Try using Za'atar in these plant-based recipes at http://ow.ly/IZi450BzGAT. Za'atar can be hard to find. To purchase on the internet, visit https://thespiceway.com/products/real-zaatar-with-hyssop... and https://thrivemarket.com/p/thrive-market-organic-zaatar.
How resilient are you? Resilience is more important than ever today. Resilience means to be able to bounce back from life developments or adversity that may feel totally overwhelming. Resilience is an essential skill to not only survive but to thrive in breast cancer remission. "Our attitude determines our well being more than our circumstances." -Dr. Al Siebert. When you are hit with life-disrupting events, such as cancer, you will never be the same again. You either cope or you crumble; you become bitter or better; you emerge stronger or weaker. If you would like to learn more about resiliency, how resilient you are and how to strengthen your resiliency, visit https://thrivenet.com.
You can do everything "right" and still get breast cancer. This is what angers a lot of women, who in spite of following a healthy diet and lifestyle, still receive a breast cancer diagnosis. It can be crushing, confusing and infuriating. There are many factors that influence breast cancer growth, some which are out of our control. Our goal here is to support you and help you build a powerful arsenal against breast cancer and if you do have a recurrence you will be as healthy as you can be to fight it and improve your quality of life.
Today is a great day to get started on your goals! Ignore the chaos and focus on YOU. What would you like to accomplish today that will positively impact your health, the way you feel, and ultimately, your future? Recognize any resistance or excuses that come up. Your mind wants to keep you comfortable and "safe." Take action anyway. You may need to start with a small goal so that you're not too overwhelmed and unmotivated to start. This is how habits are created, allowing you to achieve your goals day after day. Today is the day. You got this!
Indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a natural plant chemical found in cruciferous vegetables of the Brassica genus, such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, radishes, and cabbage, is a promising anti-breast cancer compound. Indole-3-carbinol influences a range of cellular processes, including lowering toxic estrogen. I3C has been shown to regulate the expression of numerous genes. Combinations of I3C and the anti-estrogen drug tamoxifen work together to inhibit the growth of the estrogen-dependent breast cancer more effectively than either agent alone.
To boost intake of I3C, eat more cruciferous vegetables of the Brassica genus, such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, radishes, and cabbage or take as a supplement; 300 mg per day for breast cancer prevention.
A recent study suggests that women who’ve been treated for breast cancer who are in satisfying romantic relationships may have a lower risk of health problems after treatment. This is mainly because breast cancer survivors in satisfying romantic relationships felt less stressed and in turn had lower inflammation throughout cancer treatment and after. But this doesn’t mean you’re compromising your health if you’re not in a relationship. Having a romantic partner isn’t for everyone. Single people can be happy and healthy, too, especially if they have a good social network of family, friends, clubs, hobbyists, or a religious organization.
Triple-negative breast cancer cells spread or metastasize faster than most other types of breast cancers. Asparagine, a nonessential amino acid commonly found in dairy products, beef, poultry, eggs, fish, seafood, asparagus, potatoes, legumes, nuts, seeds, soy, and whole grains may hold a key to limiting the spread of this aggressive type of breast cancer, according to a study led by Cedars-Sinai. By reducing asparagine in laboratory mice with triple-negative breast cancer, investigators dramatically inhibited the tumor’s ability to spread. Foods low in asparagine include most fruits and vegetables. http://ow.ly/Tc5X50BklFX
The human microbiome is composed of trillions of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi) living inside and outside the human body.
The risk of breast cancer and recurrence could be associated with the composition and function of the breast/gut microbiome.
Research shows that there are different bacteria in the breast tissue of healthy women vs those with breast cancer and that the breast microbiome in women with cancer is different from that of women with benign disease, indicating that certain bacteria may be associated with breast cancer development and different responses to treatment. Diet, drugs, toxins, lack of sleep, inactivity, and stress can negatively change the human gut microbiome which can alter blood estrogen levels, estrogen metabolism, chronic inflammation, the local breast immune microenvironment and its influence on breast cancer recurrence and metastasis. http://ow.ly/2WwJ50BftoE http://ow.ly/OPbN50BftoC
You can increase your good gut bacteria and improve your gut and breast microbiome with:
A plant-based diet
No refined sugar, processed and fast foods
High Fiber - 20-30 grams/day
Sleep - 7-9 hrs/night