Remember your B vitamins When you think about estrogen, you don’t usually think about your liver. But some doctors now link estrogen-related disorders, like fibrocystic changes, to liver function. To keep your liver healthy, you need B vitamins. In fact, fibrocystic change symptoms improved in one study where test subjects received supplements
Get more magnesium Some experts think a supplement of magnesium is helpful in treating breast cysts. Eat nuts, legumes, fruits, and berries for magnesium the natural way. Don’t ignore iodine The mineral iodine may protect you from breast lumps and cysts. Studies show that if you don’t have enough iodine in your diet, you could be at a higher risk of developing fibrocystic changes. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for iodine is 150 micrograms (mcg). Super-foods such as Spirulina, Dunaliella, Maca, etc. Fight back with omega-3 One of the most annoying symptoms of fibrocystic change is painful breasts. You can control this discomfort by adding more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Consider using oils such as walnut oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil and Sesame oil. The low-fat way to fewer lumps Studies show that women with various forms of breast disorders eat more high-calorie, high-fat foods, especially the saturated fat found in meat and dairy products, than women who do not suffer from breast disorders. It may be that saturated fats and excess calories cause a higher production of female hormones. These, in turn, cause lumps and cysts to form in your breasts. A good rule of thumb is to make dietary fats only 30 percent of your daily calories. It’s also important that you lower your percentage of body fat by maintaining your ideal weight. If you take care of the rest of your body, your breasts will benefit as well. Cut caffeine to cut the pain Caffeine is everywhere, in the coffee and tea you drink, the soda you swizzle, and the chocolate you let melt in your mouth, and it may be linked to fibrocystic changes. If you suffer from painful breast lumps, experts suggest you cut caffeine completely out of your diet for about three to four months. This doesn’t mean dropping back to only one cup of coffee a day or drinking a couple of sodas only on the weekend. It means the end of caffeine. Also, check the labels on any pain medication you’re taking. Some pain relievers contain hidden caffeine. If you can quit “cold turkey,” that’s good. But if you’re used to a regular intake of caffeine, wean yourself off of it gradually. After four months of complete abstinence, see how you feel. For some women, there will be no difference. Others will notice fewer or smaller breast lumps and less pain. Get rid of excess fluid to soothe breast pain. Just before you get your period, your body signals your kidneys to retain fluid. This extra fluid makes you feel bloated, and it can cause discomfort in your breasts. Certain foods act like diuretics, which means they help your body eliminate fluid. Adding some natural diuretics to your diet, especially just before your period, may provide short-term relief from the pain and heaviness of breast cysts. Foods that are considered natural diuretics are cranberry juice, lime water, and watermelon. Also, limit your salt and drink six to eight glasses of spring or alkaline water each day to flush out excess sodium. Herbs and herbal teas that have a mild diuretic action are rose hips, parsley, horsetail, dandelion, chicory, ginger, buchu, and borage.
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