breasts-and-how-examine-yoursMost women will have a breast problem at some time in their lives. Fluctuations in hormone levels, such as with the menstrual cycle or with the rise and decline of fertility over the years, generally cause the problems. These frequently right themselves as the hormone levels stabilise. The breast consists of glandular tissue and fat, with fibrous bands called ligaments supported on the chest wall. The most common disorders are mastalgia (painful breasts) and fibro-cystic disease (lumpy breasts). The most serious of course is breast cancer so it is important for all women to examine their breasts on a regular basis. Here is a really easy to follow guide to examining your breasts.

To ensure the healthiest breasts possible, I would highly recommend you read my Every Womans Guide to Vital Breast Health.

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Originally posted 2013-05-22 21:44:16.

healthier-breasts-part2Obviously it is not possible to gain healthier breasts without improving your overall body health. Diet and exercise are the two most prominent features but you do not need to be a fanatic, just take positive, regular action. Firstly diet. It is best to aim for a more alkaline balance, as this enables the body to retain a higher level of oxygen, which is of course very beneficial for the whole body, not just for healthy breasts. An easy way to start with is to simply separate starch and protein in the main meal of the day by four hours. Do this three or four times a week as it tends to incline the body towards less acidity and therefore more alkalinity.

Exercise is of course always helpful but it does not necessarily mean going down the gym twice a day. Walking, swimming, and stretching routines like Pilates or Yoga are great. Abdominal breathing is just terrific.

Also splashing the breasts with cold water after a shower or hot bath invigorates and tones.

Hydrotherapy is better still, even if only practised two or three times a week.

If you are unhappy with the condition of your breasts and wish to make a major improvement, follow the programme in my book which includes further details on all the tips given. Every Woman’s Guide to Vital Breast Health.

Originally posted 2012-11-14 22:08:27.

Explore the significant benefits such as increased oxygen levels which are supportive for all areas of the body, particularly the major organs, blood circulation and lymphatic circulation. This method is of great benefit to women with breast issues. Cancer cells hate oxygen and cannot survive in a body that is flooded with oxygen.

Originally posted 2012-10-27 22:11:15.

healthier-breastsThere are several things we should avoid when focussing on our breast health, particularly where lymphatic drainage is concerned.

    Avoid wherever possible under wired bras, either metal or plastic as it restricts the flow of lymph from the breast area. Metal is by far the worse as it also tends to act as an aerial picking up radio and microwaves as well as impeding the natural flow of lymph.
    Avoid using under arm anti-perspirants, which is a BIG no no, use instead a deodorant such as cologne. Your armpits are designed to perspire, not to be blocked with things to stop them doing that!

      I know this next suggestion is unlikely to make me your favourite person, but here goes any way. I have a theory that nature did not provide under arm hair so that we could shave it off. In fact I believe that it stimulates the axillary lymph nodes to work more effectively, so by removing it we deny the body this nature intended facility.

    Next time I will look at some of the simple things that enhance breast health.

    If you are unhappy with the condition of your breasts and wish to make a major improvement, follow the programme in my book which includes further details on all the tips given: Every Woman’s Guide to Vital Breast Health.

    Originally posted 2012-10-05 22:15:05.

ice-ice-babyThe tip this week is for resolving Fibrous issues, Uterine Fibroids, Scar Tissue including post-operative Adhesions, Polycystic Ovaries and Breast Cysts.
Three case studies.

The first was a woman who I was treating for her Allergies, whilst she was lying on the couch I noticed she had her legs drawn up and assumed she was suffering back pain. But I was mistaken her discomfort was in fact due to post – operative adhesions resulting from an earlier Hysterectomy, which now required further surgery to remove the scar tissue.

I recommended her to follow this simple procedure which she undertook for several weeks. When she attended an appointment with her surgeon she was given the all clear, no further treatment required.

The second was a woman with a Uterine Fibroid the size of a grapefruit, following this simple plan she resolved the problem in less than 10 weeks.

The third was a woman with multiple Breast Cysts who again resolved the issue this time in less than 3 weeks using this simple technique.

Requirements – A small bowl to hold 4 ice cubes and a towel.

Method – Run the ice slightly under the tap to remove stickiness, once wet, rub the ice over the area of concern, using each of the 4 ice cubes in turn as one melts away start on the next until all 4 have been used. It is important to move the ice over the skin fairly briskly as the idea is to invigorate the area rather than to freeze it. The towel is to catch the drips as you sit watching the TV.

Originally posted 2012-10-03 22:19:09.

If you Google ways to increase your breast milk supply, you’ll find a wide range of advice, not all of it healthy. Ideas range from prescription medicines to drinking Gatorade, and most of them are poor choices. Many advocate increasing refined sugar intake through sugary drinks and fruit juices.

If your breast milk supply is low, the first two things you need to ask yourself is, “Are you getting enough to eat?” and “Are you drinking enough water?” While sugar can help increase milk supply, extra sugar can also lead to diaper rashes. Instead of fruit juices or refined foods, reach for fruit and water first. Here are four simple, healthy ways to increase your breast milk supply.

Hydration

Proper hydration is the number one key to keeping a good milk supply flowing. Drinks like Gatorade, with all of their artificial flavors, colorings, and additives, actually hinder your milk supply. A good rule of thumb is to drink an 8-oz glass of water every time you breastfeed and carry around a water bottle to sip on throughout the day. Make sure most of what you drink is water, but if the idea of plain water is unappealing, other options do exist.

Other good sources for hydration include coconut water and fruit infusions. Besides tasting great, coconut water is a great source of minerals and electrolytes. Fruit infusions are flavored waters that have traces of vitamins and minerals; they are easy to make at home. Although it may be easier said than done for some, try to avoid caffeinated beverages. If you do drink coffee or tea, make sure to drink extra water.

On the other hand, too much water in the system can inhibit breast milk production. Stay hydrated, but don’t keep adding fluids to the body if hydration is not the problem.

Breast Pumping

While not the first go-to for many mothers, pumping, if done in addition to nursing, can be a highly effective way to increase supply. Tricks include pumping after each nursing session, adding an extra pumping session or two during the day, cluster pumping, power pumping, and nursing vacations.

Cluster pumping is when you nurse and pump every half hour or hour for a couple of hours.

Power pumping is like interval training for breastfeeding. Plan to do this for a couple of days. Pick an hour where you can sit and relax. Pump for twenty minutes, rest for ten, pump again for ten, rest for ten, then pump again for ten minutes.

Nursing vacations include spending two to three days, trying to relax and nurse and pump as often as possible.

All of these techniques help increase supply by mimicking the increased demand from a baby during a growth spurt. Simply put, increased demand for milk will increase the supply.

Natural Galactagogues

Because breast milk production is maintained by local feedback mechanisms (autocrine control), more frequent and more thorough emptying of the breast typically results in an increase in supply. A galactagogue is a substance that promotes lactation in humans and other animals. Natural galactagogues include foods, herbs, teas, and nutritional supplements. If the breast milk supply is low, even after breast pumping, it may be time to look at galactagogues, but do consider a thorough evaluation with a natural health care practitioner who is familiar with maternal health issues. Maternal hypothyroidism is a common cause of low breast milk production, and medications can also reduce milk as well. For more on increasing breast milk production see the long version of this article, Galactagogues Foods, Herbs, and other Ways to Increase Breast Milk Production. Breast milk is only as good as the diet the breastfeeding mom ingests. If there is diaper rash present, it’s more often than not caused by Candida. Here’s how to kill it. And see more on hypothyroidism here.

Sources:

organiclifestylemagazine.com

mom365.com

breastfeedinginc.ca

askdrsears.com

kellymom.com

Originally posted 2015-10-24 10:16:13.