When you hear the term “breast health,” what image pops into your mind? Is it a mammogram? A breast exam? Maybe it's breast cancer? So many women associate fear and illness with their breasts, and although cancer prevention is very important, its time to change the way we relate to our girls. As Dr. Christiane Northrup so eloquently questions in her book, Goddesses Never Age, what if we changed the conversation from “how to avoid breast cancer and detect it early,” to “how to have healthy breasts and enjoy them?”
It is simply too much for me as a woman to view my breasts as two potentially precancerous sacks of tissue sitting on my chest. To me, that way of thought feels like I’m accepting that they may not always be healthy. Our breasts give us power because they represent nourishment and deep bonding love. We know this because of the chemical reaction that occurs in both the mother and baby while nursing.
According to Dr. Northrup, our breast health is closely linked to the heart chakra, the energy center in your chest that's connected to your entire body’s energy field. This means that a blockage in your heart chakra could lead to a physical problem in your breasts if not dealt with. So, for happy, healthy breasts it's imperative that we continue to heal the wounds of our hearts.
For so long, women have been taught to feel shame or embarrassment about their breasts. This is tragic because our breasts make us powerful. I'm not talking about the power they may yield over men (or women for that matter!) I’m talking about the ability to receive and give nourishment and pleasure in a balanced way for YOU!
Healthy breasts are happy breasts, and here are some ways to show them some love!
- Lovingly touch your breasts regularly. The shower is a great place to do this! As you massage them, you increase lymph fluids and blood to your breast tissue, which brings them oxygen and vital nutrients. If you do have breast cancer, do not massage them. Instead, place your hands on them and send them love, affirm their beauty, and their good health.
- Go braless. You don't have to do this all of the time, but when you're not wearing a bra you allow the lymph fluids to flow freely. Do not, do not, do not sleep in your bra. Ever.
- Say goodbye to negative self-talk about your breasts, and encourage your friends to do this too. No more bonding over “how small your girls are.”
- Practice compassion, forgiveness, and love. This helps to remove blockages in the heart.
- Express your feelings honestly. Quite literally, you will be “getting things off your chest.”
- Sweat regularly. Women who exercise 4 hours a week have a 70% reduction in their risk of breast cancer. Exercise also helps to balance hormones and reduce stress!
- Take vitamin D. 2,000-5,000 IUD daily.
- Eat a healthy diet, free of processed/chemicalized junk. Get those antioxidants! For optimal breast health, low glycemic is the way to go.
- Don't smoke. This one’s just a no brainer.
- Try the deer exercise, an ancient Taoist practice that has helped millions of women improve their hormonal, uterine and breast health for centuries. It also can reduce symptoms of PMS and improve your monthly cycle. To do this, sit on the floor with the heel of one foot resting against your pubic area. Rub your hands together and gently place them on your breasts. With your palms, make circular motions about50-100 times in whichever direction feels best. Circling both hands inwards will naturally increase your breast size. Once completed, engage your kegel muscles for as long as you can. Then release! Practice this every day, and your inner Goddess will flow through you.
If you are thinking of getting regular mammograms, consider this: mammography is not benign, as it exposes the chest and breasts to radiation. Thermography, on the other hand, can detect abnormalities without the harmful exposure to radiation. If you or someone you know gets yearly mammograms, consider seeing a doctor who is knowledgable about both screening methods.
If you enjoyed the information in this post, I highly recommend Goddesses Never Age By Dr. Christiane Northrup. It is illuminating and wonderfully inspiring.
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To your healthy, happy, beautiful breasts,