September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
"Protect Your Girl Parts!"
As the saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
There are things that we can all do that are proven to help reduce our risk of ovarian cancer:
Maintain a healthy body weight
Excess body fat is linked to an increase risk of 11 cancers, including ovarian, breast, bowel and endometrial cancer. Excess body fat, especially around the tummy, is also linked to an increase risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Be more physically active
Being physically active can help reduce the risk of cancer and many other diseases and disorders. Try to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, which doesn’t just mean exercising or playing a sport. Being physically active is about increasing your heart rate and making yourself a little out of breath and sweaty. Things such as going for a walk, doing the house work or gardening and washing the car count!
Food as Medicine
Certain foods can help reduce your chances of developing cancer – especially when eaten as part of a healthy diet. The top 5 foods include:
Asparagus – A liver loving food, asparagus will help your liver metabolize your hormones, chemicals, and toxins!
Carrots – Packed with antioxidants, carrots will help decrease inflammation.
Tomatoes – Full of lycopene, tomatoes are a powerful antioxidant that can help decrease cancer risks. Best to eat it cooked! Other fruits with lycopene include watermelon, pink grapefruit, and most fruits with red flesh.
Broccoli – Broccoli has the highest amount of DIM, which will help your liver metabolize estrogen properly.
Black and Green Tea – A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrated that drinking green and black tea lowered the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Drinking just one cup of tea per day reduced the risk by 24%, and 2 cups by 46%; as you add more cups, you can decrease the risk by another 18% per cup per day!
Finding was to relieve and manage stress is key to reducing your risk of ovarian cancer. Stress increases inflammation! Exercise, Yoga, Meditate, Pray, Laugh, Rest, Talk 😊