Caring for Your Breasts Naturally

Breast care is important for both men and women. Though much of the focus on caring for breasts is directed at women, men can also suffer from breast disorders, including breast cancer, and should take as much of the advice for women and use it for themselves. Common problems seen in breasts include fibroid adenomas, non-cancerous lumps of fiber that are often painless, cysts which may need to be drained, and pain in the breasts which is often closely tied to menstruation, as well as breast cancer. Keep up with your doctor and have regular screenings even if you have no family history of breast cancer. And remember, men can suffer many of these problems as well, so encourage the men in your life to get screened as well!

 

How do I know if something is wrong with my breasts?

  • Lumps in the breast or underarm that do not go away.
  • Swelling in the armpit
  • Indentation or sudden flatness in the breast
  • Changes in breast size, texture, temperature, shape or color.
  • Changes in nipple appearance
  • Discomfort such as burning, itchiness or ulcerations
  • Scaling of the skin around the nipple
  • Unusual nipple discharge

 

How can I prevent breast problems?

  • Keep moving; exercise helps every part of our body stay healthy.
  • Keep a healthy weight. Being over or under weight can cause many health problems.
  • Wear a well-fitting bra. A good bra can make a huge difference in breast shape, size and health.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Stop smoking.

 

How can I treat breast problems?

  • Avoid foods that are high in saturated fats, salt, and caffeine as they can mess up the body.
  • Eat a diet high in fiber. Fiber helps to flush out all sorts of unhealthy things in the body.
  • Increase your vitamin E and vitamin B intake. Both of these vitamins help with breast health.
  • Evening primrose oil is believed to help limit breast pain.
  • Gingko blob helps to increase blood circulation.
  • Get your lymph nodes flushing. Do gentle salt scrubs and massages from the location of lymph nodes towards your heart to cleanse them.
  • Breast feed for as long as possible! This is a great way to keep your breasts functioning after having a baby.
  • Perform a self-examination frequently. Get to know your breasts so you know what to look out for.
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