There is a link between processed meat and breast cancer. Eating bacon, sausage, ham, deli meats, and hot dogs puts you at increased risk. If you've had or have breast cancer, cutting out or cutting down on eating these high fat, processed meats and eat more fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk of breast cancer recurrence. To optimize your diet, I highly recommend adopting a whole food, plant based-diet. If you're not sure where to start, check out the 21 Day Vegan Jumpstart at https://kickstart.pcrm.org/en. It's free and will give you everything you need to start a plant-based diet.
It's true! I Much like our intestinal or gut microbiome (the microbial community in the intestinal tract), the breasts have their own microbiome. That's pretty cool, right? The breast microbiome contributes to healthy breast tissue. Research shows that lactobacillus acidophilus can reach the mammary gland so basically, your gut microbiome affects your breast microbiome. Our diet has the biggest impact on our gut and breast microbiome. Our microbiome is affected for better or worse within 24 hrs of eating healthy or fast and processed food. Alcohol, antibiotic use, environmental toxins and endocrine disrupting chemicals also disrupt the gut microbiome, which affects estrogen metabolism, important for estrogen based breast cancers. If you have to drink alcohol, drink Cabernet Franc. Eating fermented foods, diverse foods, foods with calcium-d-glucarate (oranges, carrots, apples, grapefruit, cruciferous vegetables), and plant lignans such as flaxseed, sunflower, caraway, and pumpkin seeds, legumes, and soybeans and taking probiotics, can help maintain a healthy gut and breast microbiome with protective effects against breast cancer.
Women with high levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) may be at increased risk for breast cancer according to results of a study published March 11 in Annals of Oncology. This is the largest study to date that looked at the relationship between IGF-1 and breast cancer. IGF-1 signaling is involved in 87% of invasive breast cancers. IGF-1 is a hormone produced mainly by the liver that is similar to insulin and helps promote growth, including cancer growth. Fat cells, cow's milk, and animal protein raise IGF-1 levels. So how can you lower your IGF-1 levels? IGF-1 is lowest in those who eat a low saturated fat, whole foods plant-based diet and maintain a healthy weight. Fasting and fasting-mimicking diets, such as Prolon, lower IGF-1 levels as well. Learn more about plant based cooking at Culinary Rx, an online, interactive plant based cooking class.
This winter, stalk up on celery! Celery contains a unique compound called 3-n-butylphthalide that reduces the incidence of cancerous tumors and flavonoids, apigenin and luteolin that are powerful defenders against breast cancer. Italian researchers discovered that the highest intake of these flavonoids reduced the risk of breast cancer by 19% compared to the lowest intakes. Need some inspiration? Check out http://ow.ly/CO6C50CtW08 @purplecarrotxo for some tasty recipes or simply add to your favorite smoothie or juice.
Fall is pomegranate season! Here's why you should be eating (and drinking) more of these beautiful red "gems." Researchers at the City of Hope found that pomegranates contain six compounds that may prevent breast cancer growth by blocking aromatase, an enzyme known to play a key role in most breast cancers. Aromatase converts androgens to estrogens, and most breast cancers depend on estrogen to grow. “By suppressing the production of estrogen, urolithin B and other phytochemicals found in pomegranates can prevent hormone-responsive breast cancer tumors from growing,” said researcher, Shiuan Chen, Ph.D. Phytochemicals are naturally occurring plant compounds that may benefit health. The other phytochemicals in pomegranates found to inhibit aromatase activity are urolithin A (UA), methylated UA, acetylated UB, methylated UB and UB sulfate. Previous research has shown that pomegranate juice is rich in active antioxidants and its compounds may slow growth of human breast and prostate cancer cells.
Fasting has received all kinds of attention in the media these days. In 2018, it was one of the most searched for diet terms on Google.
As you may know, there are many health benefits of fasting.
But did you know that fasting turns the immune system against cancer. In fact, cancer in calorie-restricted monkeys is about 50 percent reduced. Cardiovascular disease is about 50 percent reduced as well.
Fasting not only protects against immune system damage — a major side effect of chemotherapy — but also triggers immune system regeneration.
Isn't this exciting news? So how and when should you fast?
There are several types of fasting, from prolonged (2+ consecutive days) to intermittent (i.e. 5:2 or alternate day) to time-restricted eating (i.e. 12:12 or 16:8). For time-restricted, intermittent fasting, It is important to stick close to 12 hours of feeding and 12 hours of fasting. If you eat 15 hours a day or more, that starts to be associated with metabolic problems, gallstone formation, sleep disorders, etc. Prolonged, periodic fasting, done for several consecutive days has many incredible health benefits but strict, prolonged fasting is hard to stick to and can be dangerous if not done properly.
To help you get through a prolonged fast, you can get many benefits of a 5-day fast with food. The ProLon® 5-day Fasting Mimicking Diet® has been clinically tested and studied and found to promote beneficial effects in a wide variety of health conditions ranging from excess weight and fasting blood sugar, to growth factors associated with DNA damage and aging.
Not everyone is healthy enough for a prolonged fast.
Message me or visit https://prolon.com/ if you would like more information on The ProLon® Fasting Mimicking Diet and to see if it's right for you.
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.
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
Interesting new research showing the important link between gut microbiome and cancer treatment outcomes. Good gut health with an abundance of diverse good bacteria is essential to good health and cancer prevention as well. You can improve your gut microbiome by eating a high-fiber diet, including fruits and vegetables high in fructo-oligosaccharides such as bananas, dried fruit, onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus and artichokes, as well as grains with resistant starches such as barley or uncooked potato starch, for example. Read the new research findings here: http://ow.ly/ooY150B9cdh