Fibrocystic breast tissue is often termed a disease by the medical profession. It is more characteristic of the breast rather than a disease. Many women notice monthly cyclic patterns, with symptoms most severe during ovulation and just before menstruation. It can be uncomfortable because your breasts develop those weird knobby cysts that feel like a breast cancer lump. Statistics say that 90% of breast lumps are benign. Benign breast lumps are common, usually move around when pressed, and are not painful.
Breasts are composed of fat and connective tissue and over time the ratio changes to more connective tissue and become dense. Breasts lumps are common in women in their forties when their hormones are changing. Breast cysts are fluid filled and often a physician suggests a local anesthetic to aspirated with a needle. Instead of this painful experience, women can learn to do the loving breast self-massage daily.
The underlying cause of fibrocystic breasts and other health concerns usually have the same origin. Consider these tips to reduce fibrocystic breasts.
Clean up your diet. Reduce your body’s toxic burden by avoiding processed food, eating organic when possible, and eliminate simple sugars and carbohydrates. Investigate food sensitivities or allergies that may affect your digestion.
Good food choices will help you keep a healthy weight. Look into probiotic supplements to help maintain a healthy ratio of intestinal flora.
Drink plenty of purified or filtered water. One half your body weight in ounces every day will help carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body and will help eliminate toxins and waste, and you will experience less fatigue and less pain.
Breathing deeply and slowly from your diaphragm, through your nose, is one of the best ways to move lymph fluid throughout your body. Your breath goes directly to your lungs, stimulating the vagus nerve to rest and restore the nervous system.
Stretch and get regular physical exercise. Jumping on a rebounder, walking, t’ai chi, yoga, and other moderate activities such as dancing or swimming all are helpful, especially if you do some every day.
Don’t be afraid to sweat! Sweating helps detoxify your body and supports lymphatic function. Avoid aluminum-based antiperspirants which hold in toxins.
Limit exposure to environmental toxins. Studies indicate 95% of all cancer is due to diet and accumulation of toxins. Learn to eliminate harmful ingredients in personal care and household cleaning products, hormones in food and EMFs.
Give yourself a lymphatic gentle breast massage. Focus on creating movement by stretching and releasing. This will help release toxins, stimulate the immune system, and soften breast tissue. Women find this breast self-massage reduces breast pain, inflammation, fibrocystic breast tissue, relieves PMS breast symptoms, and reduces fear of breast cancer.
Avoid restrictive clothing. Any tight clothing can impede lymph flow. Try to go bra free at least 12 hours a day. Studies show tight clothing block lymphocytes (white blood cells) from destroying abnormal cells.
Examine your emotional issues. Learn techniques that calm anxiety and heal, such as EFT and meditation. Give yourself permission to forgive yourself for all the things you thought you did wrong. Feel everything. No emotions are bad. They all have something to tell us. Be honest about your feelings and speak out what you feel. Don’t hold back and do get it off your chest!
Breast health is your responsibility, not the doctor or anyone else. Be mindful and aware of what is happening with your breasts and your body. By using these tips, connect to your inner consciousness (intuition) and healing energy and learn to appreciate, love, and celebrate your magnificence.
Joyce Sobotta is the founder of Healthy Girls Breast Oil and is available for consultations on natural breast health and essential oil custom blends. To learn more, visit AromatherapyNaturesWay.com.