This is part 2 to Boost Breast Health previously published, but absolutely can apply to overall health, and especially for thyroid health too! If you missed part one, be sure you check that out.
- Regulate Emotional Health
- Recently, in a preclinical study on mice with melanoma and/or lung cancer, it was shown that after 14 days of activating the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) of the brain, tumor size and weight was reduced by approximately 50%! The process by which this happens is the VTA area is associated with neurons that release dopamine, that in turn interacts with the sympathetic nervous system which then can affect the immune system. What this means is potentially, if we are happier, and more dopamine is released perhaps our immune system can work better.
- Express your emotions, don’t suppress!
2. Fill Up Your Battery
- You’ve heard the flight attendant giving you the safety talk on an airplane, and telling you to put your oxygen mask on 1st before helping your loved ones or neighbors. In day to day life, we are dealing with situations that aren’t on a plane, but often are “pressure” issues.
Modern pressure issues can be work, family, and/or home demands. Often we keep on pushing the gas pedal, to keep steaming ahead, yet it comes at a price, which is often neglect to ourselves. This could look like skipped meals, because there was no time, meetings ran late, or there was a deadline that meant crunch time.
Nourish yourself first, always!
- Perhaps we don’t exercise because we are too tired, or just can’t find the time. While it seems like that are doing a noble thing, giving our all at work, to the non-profit, to church, or to family/friends, if it comes at the price of neglecting or honoring your body’s need for nourishment in food, movement, spirit, relationship, etc, then it’s not worth it. In order to give your best, you’ve got to be living your best. Your number one!
- Check your iodine levels
- Iodine is a mineral found in high concentration from fish and seaweed. It is required in the body to make thyroid hormone, is also needed for breast health, as well as cognitive function. Low levels were a problem before in the US and Canada, and that is why iodine was added to salt, to help decrease the problem with deficiency.
- Signs of a deficiency can be similar to those of low thyroid: hair loss, weight gain, fatigue. A goiter, or thyroid enlargement is also a sign of lacking enough iodine. The breast tissue can become painful or fibrous with lower than optimal levels of iodine. However, a less than optimal level of iodine in the body may not produce these overt signs
- Levels of iodine can be checked in the blood or urine. Iodine is also thought to have antioxidant and antiinflammatory qualities.
- Research has shown that in the Journal of Cancer 2017 that changes in dietary iodine can be linked to breast cancer and from a 2003 in publication, Breast Cancer Research