I know plenty of gals out there who have dealt with lumpy or painful breasts especially around “that time of the month”. Many women have benign cysts in their breasts which is quite common. These cysts can be painful occasionally, annoying or hardly even noticed. According to the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, “Fibrocystic breast disease occurs in 20-40% of premenopausal women”. That’s a lot of us!
My question is, why do some women get cystic breasts and what are some steps that we can take to support our ta ta’s and bring them back to healthy and happy.
I won’t dig into every single suggestion or recommendation today, but I will list a few key areas to work on which can make a big difference.
If you can relate to this common issue then today’s blog will be very helpful and relevant! ?
Why do women get cystic breasts?
Fibrocystic breasts is often a component of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). *Remember to always check with your doctor if you find any new breast lumps. They can often perform an ultrasound, which can help to differentiate the tissue types.
One of the main linked causes of Fibrocystic Breast Disease (FBD) is an increased estrogen to progesterone ratio. We’re talking about estrogen dominance which is very common these days and also is connected to PMS symptoms.
Another connection can also be related to the hormone prolactin. The increase in prolactin is thought to be the result of higher estrogen levels. There are various reasons why many women may experience an increase in estrogen – from our environment (hormone disrupting make up, chemicals, pesticides,) to the medication we take, to the food we eat and how well our colon and liver are doing their job.
We are in the driver’s seat of our health, and if we can tweak and upgrade our diet + lifestyle it can have a profound effect on our hormones, and as a consequence – the health of our breasts too.
What we can do
Increase fibre + keep the colon moving:
In order to help our body rid itself of excess estrogen we need to be sure to eat a well balanced diet which includes plenty of veggies, whole grains and FIBREEEE. Fibre is essential to our health and hormones (most people don’t eat enough fibre!). It’s a fantastic transporter of excess estrogen and other junk out of the colon (Yep, more poop talk. We always need to talk about poop as it’s essential to our health).
Keep the colon moving well and say adios to that excess estrogen. And here’s a handy stat to drive home the point ?
“ Women having fewer than three bowel movements per week have a risk of FBD 4.5 times greater than women having at least one bowel movement a day”.
GOAL: Try to increase your fibre intake by eating more veggies, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Flax seed, chia seed, and hemp seeds are fantastic sources of fibre and delicious in a smoothie.
Ditch caffeine and other methylxanthines:
Ex: (Coffee, tea, cola, chocolate and caffeinated medications)
According to clinical studies, these foods/drinks have been linked to elevating the levels of compounds that promote overproduction within breast tissue of chemicals which are linked to FBD. Time to give zee coffee and chocolate a break!
* (While I was writing this blog, I took a break and I totally went to the delicious coffee shop next door and bought an almond milk hot chocolate with their homemade chocolate ganache.. so I guess I should cut back on that too ..but it’s soooo good LOL!)
Increase your cruciferous veggies:
The liver needs to be in tip top shape as it has a big job to do of detoxifying our body and helping to remove excess estrogen and hormones. Be kind to your liver by eating a liver supporting diet (rich in whole unrefined foods, veggies especially cruciferous – broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale etc)
Also consider adding into your routine a multi vitamin rich in B vitamins especially B6 as well as Magnesium. Both are extremely helpful in supporting FBD improvement as well as PMS symptoms. We want to see those breast cysts fading away into oblivion am I right?
Explore the thyroid:
Make sure to be mindful of your thyroid. Research has shown that a hypothyroid can be a factor in FBD. The Thyroid is engine of the body – it manages our metabolism, energy, moods, body temperature and many other important functions. If you suspect low thyroid function get it checked with your doctor or Naturopath. It’s always good to be proactive and act as your own health advocate!
Evening primrose oil as well as essential fatty acids omega 3 fats have shown to help support improvement with cystic breasts. Speak with your doc first before trying out any new supplementation and also make sure to visit a high quality supplement store in your town or online.
Living Libations has an essential oil which can support breast tissue health too. Check it out HERE
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Cheers to happy ta ta’s,
Murray and Pizzorno, (2012), The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, New York, A Division of Simon & Schuster Inc