October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and “pink is in.” It is on ribbons, water bottles, t-shirts, grocery store items; even the White House is illuminated in pink. It is an amazing and inspiring color, signifying the unity to help eradicate this dreadful disease. We know that one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and chances are that either you or someone you know has been touched by this disease.
The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 226, 870 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year and tragically 39,510 women will loose their fight. No doubt, these numbers are sobering and worthy of our collective attention.
The good news is that many women in the community are fighting back. There are many preventative measures you can take to help reduce your risk of breast cancer by adopting a healthy life style that includes exercise, a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research a live food diet filled with plenty of vegetables, fruits and legumes can reduce the risk of certain cancers. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that strengthen our immune system and are a good source of phytochemicals, compounds that may protect healthy cells from carcinogens. Researchers have also linked fiber to a reduced risk of cancer. Vegetables such as organic broccoli, corn or leafy greens like kale provide one to five grams of fiber per cup as do fruits such as figs, apples, blackberries, prunes and pears. Eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and supplement your diet with our freshly pressed organic juice to make sure you are getting the recommended daily servings.
Keep in mind there is no single miracle food that will protect you against cancer. The foremost way to arm yourself against cancer is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to exercise, get plenty of rest, reduce stress and keep your immune system strong by eating healthy nutrient-rich live foods. At o2living, we are building a community of healthy living around these very same principles and we are dedicated to a lifestyle, philosophy, and culture of health and wellness.