I see my body as a special mechanism that works permanently to keep me healthy. Over the years, I learned to listen to all its signals to know right away when something is going wrong. While inadequate nourishment, environmental estrogens, and low self-esteem are the main problems that hijack its activity, women’s bodies have their own special ways of transmitting the signals. There is a high incidence of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and breast cysts because our ovaries and breasts are closely related to our energy flow, and are the main target of hormonal imbalance and toxin accumulation.
If you already read my About page, you know that I’ve been struggling with hormone imbalance for a long time and I’m still learning things about my body that never cease to amaze me. My body developed multiple cysts in my breasts, and only recently did I manage to put things together to figure out what was wrong and how I can solve the situation.
Every time I visited the doctor for my bi-annual breast ultrasound, he always recommended a fine-needle aspiration or surgery because two of my cysts were large and pretty uncomfortable. I’ve chosen to find medicine in my own body, being mindful about alternative therapies. Diagnosing your breast condition right after you discover the problem (pain or lump) by ultrasound or mammography (after 40 years old) is the first thing you should do before making a “battle plan”. But when it comes to surgery, I only consider it as a way to remove the effects, and not one that solves the cause. If you really want to understand how your mind and body work together to keep you healthy, then searching for the root of the problem seems to be a more appropriate way.
Nourishing your mind with positive thoughts and gently approaching your body with love and healthy food are the keys to understanding how things come together when it comes to energies, mind, and body. Here are the natural ways to nurture breast health that I made a routine from, and it would be great if you would share with us in the comments your own ways of dealing with breast cysts.
1. Avoid meat, dairy, and processed foods
These create acidity and lead to an increased risk of chronic disease. Moreover, because of the high concentration of saturated fat, dairy products can lead to hormone imbalance, which your body will signal by developing PCOS and breast cysts.
2. Include ingredients in your diet that balance hormone production
– Evening primrose oil – balances the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, the “master” glands of the body, optimizing hormone production and reducing PMS symptoms like breast pain and breast lumps. The oil is available in capsules, sometimes along with vitamin E.
– Maca powder – is an endocrine adaptogen; it doesn’t contain any hormones, but it contains the nutrients our bodies need to support balanced hormone production. You can add maca powder in smoothies, fresh juices, oatmeal, or sprinkle over cereals.
– Vitex Agnus Castus – balances the secretion of prolactin, reducing cyclical breast pains.
– Iodine – is necessary for normal function of the thyroid, while its deficiency is a cause of fibrocystic breasts, because the breast tissue is more sensitive to estrogenic stimulation and develops microcysts. The main sources of iodine are iodized table salt and seaweed.
3. Learn to adjust your activity according to your body’s needs
Your body has its own special configuration like no other, so you need to learn to understand its special needs – food, sleep, exercise – and turn them into a routine. Don’t freak out when you hear the word “routine”. For your body, this is the best thing because it keeps it away from any stress and creates the perfect environment for it to create its own routine, the self healing one.
4. Massage your breasts
Breasts are mainly composed of fat tissue and aren’t blood-irrigated as much as the other parts of our bodies. Especially if you are sleeping face down and you are wearing underwire bras, the blood flow circulating in the breasts is reduced, making them a perfect storage place for toxins. Massage your breasts with castor oil to mobilize the lymphatic system and release the accumulated toxins and excess hormones.
5. Increase the intake of healthy fats and fibers
The intake of soluble fibers helps our system to flush out the toxins and estrogen metabolized by our liver. In the absence of fibers, these are transported into the colon, but are reabsorbed in the circulatory system and create a double burden for our liver. Oats, chia seeds, ground flax, psyllium husks, and oranges are the main sources of soluble fibers. Healthy fats allow hormones to adhere easier to the cells’ membranes. Avocado, hulled hemp, and raw flaxseed oil are some of the healthiest sources of fats you can consider for your diet.