Here is an interesting article about the breast that I just read in Whole Living. If your partner knows your rack better than you do, it’s time for a quick reintroduction (written by Melissa Daly).
What They Are: Fat and connective tissue surrounding 15 to 20 lobules that, when lactating, produce milk through 6 to 10 ducts.
What They Do: Nourish infants; fill out a halter top.
Why They’re Important: Breasts are the second most common site of cancer (after skin) in American women.
Off-kilter? Totally normal, that on average, one breast, usually the left, is 3.2% larger than the other (Annals of Plastic Surgery).
Are your breasts trying to tell you something?
Common signals include:
Discharge Fluid from the nipple in women who are not breast-feeding can be the result of infection or a side effect of certain medications. Check with your doctor to determine the cause.
Lumps Yes, they could be cancer, but most likely aren’t. Lumpiness can be the result of extra fluid in the breasts around the time of your period, growth of milk glands during pregnancy, or fat loss during menopause. Have the lump examined by a doctor!
Tenderness Hormonal changes can cause pain around your period, or as you approach menopause. Many women report that cutting down on caffeine helps. If breast-feeding, pain and tenderness can indicate mastitis, an infection in the milk duct.
Three Ways to Care for Your Pair Basic: good food and exercise.
1. Go Native In a study of dietary patterns, a so-called “Native Mexican” diet rich in beans, spices, and tomato-based sauces was associated with a 32 % lower risk of breast cancer than a typical Western diet. Is that why the lines are so long at Tex-Mex places?
2. Think Small Overweight women who lose just 5% of their starting weight can reduce risk factors for breast cancer by lowering their levels of insulin, estrogen, and testosterone.
3. Limit Toxins Older women with the highest exposure to cadmium (or most contaminants), a carcinogen that gets into food via fertilizers, had a 21% greater risk of getting breast cancer than those with the least exposure. Fruits and veggies help offset toxins’ effects. Hello Farmer’s markets!