Practical Breast Cancer Detoxification Tips
Detoxification is an important process for the overcoming of chronic disease such as breast cancer and the process has many facets, all of which should be considered in a well rounded, comprehensive, and efficient treatment plan.
The following are some practical & common-sense tips for breast cancer detoxification
1. Bathe regularly
Regular bathing is essential to cleanse the skin of the toxins it has released and to open the pores to eliminate more. Saunas and sweats are commonly used to help purify the body through enhanced skin elimination.
Take frequent showers, both to cool down and to remove substances from the skin and prevent their reabsorption.
2. Exercise – sweat
To improve elimination through the skin, regular exercise is important to stimulate sweating. which is a primary elimination route for toxins. It is estimated that as much as 30% of bodily wastes are eliminated by way of perspiration.
Exercise works in many ways to support the detoxification process. Exercise lowers stress, supports healthy mood and energy levels, and helps excrete toxins through sweat. Exercise also improves our general metabolism and helps us overall with our efforts to detox naturally. Regular aerobic exercise is a key to maintaining a nontoxic body.
3. Eat more fiber
Adding fiber to your diet will help the body detoxify by promoting regularity.The primary function of fiber is to transport toxins out of the system and absorb many of those toxins, Fiber has even been credited for reducing the risk of breast cancer by as much as 52% by one study.
Two good sources of dietary fiber are:
While there are many ways to add fiber to your diet, using psyllium is the best method. In equal amounts of oat bran and psyllium, the bran would have just 5 grams of fiber while the psyllium would contain 71 grams.
Studies have shown that no fiber is as effective as Psyllium seed husks for trapping and removing toxins and wastes. Psyllium fiber adds gentle bulk, acting as a broom for your intestinal lining, and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Once psyllium enters the colon it produces a spongy mass that literally absorbs the toxins. It absorbs the excess water and absorbs the toxic waste that is trapped in the crevices inside the bowels. It then stimulates contractions that are necessary for proper bowel movements and eliminates the waste.
Unlike insoluble fibers such as oat and wheat bran, psyllium doesn’t irritate the bowel lining, it works to soothe it. There is no undue stress put on nerve reflexes, the bowel tone isn’t damaged and psyllium is so safe that it’s approved for long term usage.
How to Take Psyllium
Psyllium is mixed with water and thickens quickly so it must be consumed immediately. If it is the first time taking Psyllium, begin with a low dose (one-half to one teaspoon) mixed with 8 oz (1 liter water daily). Increase to up to two teaspoons and two 8 oz glasses of water daily as needed. Take either in the morning or before bedtime.
It is very important to drink plenty of water throughout the day, up to six to eight full glasses of water, as Psyllium soaks up water in the digestive tract. A shortage of water could cause constipation or intestinal blockage.
2. Flax seeds
Ground up flax seeds are the highest source of lignans, an estrogen modulating substance that is very protective against estrogen dependent cancers-from breast cancer to prostate cancer. Ground up flax contains 50% soluble fibers and 50% insoluble fibers, so you get the regulating effects of the fiber as well as the effects of blood sugar stabilization, and even cholesterol regulation.
Additional breast cancer dietary detoxing tips
Eat a balanced diet
Eat a diet that emphasizes plant-based foods and minimizes animal products as well as refined sugars.
Drink pure water
Water is an important detoxifying agent in your body. It helps clean us through our skin and kidneys, and it improves our sweating with exercise. Drink eight, eight-ounce, glasses ( 64 ounces) a day (depending on our size, air temperature, and activity level. Clean, filtered water is suggested.
Eat Cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts contain several compounds that produce estrogen-like activity and protect against breast cancer.
Many of the phytochemicals found in edible plants have weak estrogenic activity. These “phytoestrogens” are able to occupy the estrogen receptors on the surface of breast cells to block normal estrogen activity, thereby lowering the risk of breast cancer.
Cruciferous vegetables contain the richest amounts of nutrition and phytochemicals that function to protect and heal our body.
Some good examples of Cruciferous vegetables are:
- Bok Choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Mustard greens
Additional vegetables that support Detoxification are: dandelion greens, burdock root, and artichoke. Garlic, onions, and scallions are also helpful. Eating lots of fresh green foods, such as spinach, kale, chard, broccoli, rapini, cabbage, arugula, zucchini, eggplant, tomato, avocado, are all helpful.
Eat foods that contain Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants and algae that is responsible for their color. Historically, chlorophyll has been used to help improve health. Some evidence suggests that chlorophyll helps detoxify cancer-promoting substances, suggesting that chlorophyll may reduce the risk of breast cancer.
According to the PDR for Nutritional Supplements, “some experimental data suggests that chlorophyll may have some antimutagenic and anti-carcinogenic potential, may help protect against some toxins, and may ameliorate some drug side effects.” You can find good dietary sources of chlorophyll in dark green leafy vegetables, spirulina, chlorella, algae, wheat grass, and barley grass. Those who do not consume a variety of green foods in plentiful quantities may lack chlorophyll in their diets. Therefore, including a good “green foods” supplement that contains sources of chlorophyll, can help you get this important nutrient into your cleansing program.
Detoxify your liver
The liver is the body’s great detoxifier. All foods, liquids and oral drugs pass through the liver as they travel from the intestines to the bloodstream. The liver keeps these poisons from overwhelming your body. Blood passes through the liver at a rate of about 3 pints per minute; at any instant, the liver contains about 10 percent of all the blood in the body.
The liver breaks down toxins in the bloodstream and turns them into less harmful substances that are eventually flushed from your system. Your liver is the great detoxifier, and it has the capacity to serve you well for a lifetime. When functioning properly, it clears 99% of the impurities before blood re-enters circulation.
In addition the liver:
- Secrets bile: Every day a healthy liver produces a quart of bile, which carries toxins to the intestine for elimination.
- Neutralizes toxins: Through a complexity of enzymatic processes, a healthy liver neutralizes toxins directly or converts them into fat or water-soluble forms to be eliminated from the body.
An excellent liver cleansing herb is Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle also known as silymarin, is an herb that has been proven to have very potent liver cleansing properties. Milk thistle extracts containing silymarin is the best-defined nutrition for protecting the liver, in terms of the clinical and anecdotal evidences and scientific accountability.
Milk Thistle has been used to treat inflammation of the liver, hepatitis, mushroom and chemical poisoning, and liver damage from alcohol abuse or long-term use of certain medications. “Milk Thistle strengthens your liver and reduces the damage from environmental irritants like pesticides,” says Jennifer Brett, N.D., a naturopathic doctor at the Wilton Naturopathic Center in Stratford, Connecticut.