Women around the world experiences breast discomfort usually when pregnant or when monthly period is around the corner. Some are bewildered by the hard lump they found during their monthly self-exam, despite the pathologists assurance that it’s benign.
That tenderness you apt to feel in pregnancy or just prior to your menstrual period occurs because of the natural cycles of your reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. These hormones signal the cells of the milk-producing glands to grow and the areas around these glands expand with blood and other fluids to nourish the cells. These fluid-logged tissues can stretch nerve fibers and you experience pain.
Fibrocystic changes, which include lumps and cysts, usually affect the nonworking areas: the fat cells, fibrous tissues, and other parts not involved in the making or transporting of milk. But in either case, the same strategy can help you find relief and promote healing.
Below are experts advised breast care on reducing Soreness and discomfort.
SWITCH YOUR DIET – change to low in fat and high in fiber like whole grains, vegetables and beans. A study showed that women who are following this diet metabolized estrogen differently. More estrogen was excreted in the stool leaving less to circulate. That means less hormonal stimulation of the breasts.
STAY SLIM – that means you should keep your weight within the proper range for your height. Losing excess weight can help relieve breast pain and lumpiness. In women, fat acts like an extra gland producing and storing estrogen circulating in your system. Breast tissue is very responsive to hormones.
GET YOUR VITAMINS – Be sure to get plenty of foods rich in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and vitamin B. These Vitamins help regulate the production of prostaglandin E, which in turn has a prohibitory effect on prolactin, a hormone that activates breast tissue.
PASS ON THE MARGARINE AND OTHER HYDROGENATED FATS – hydrogenated fats interfere with your body’s ability to convert essential fatty acids from the diet into gamma lioleic (GLA). GLA is important because it contributes to the production of prostaglandin E which may help to keep prolactin, a breast tissue activator in line.
KEEP CALM – Epinephrine is a substance produced by the adrenal glands during stress, also interferes with GLA conversion.
CUT OUT ALL CAFFEINE – that means you have to cut out your softdrinks, chocolate, ice cream products, tea and over the counter pain relievers that contain caffeine. Women with pain and symptoms of benign breast changes get markedly better after abstaining.
SKIP the PEPPERONI PIZZA – highly salted foods make you bloated. This is particularly important to do 7 to 10 days before your menstrual period.
STAY AWAY FROM DIURETICS – While diuretics helps flush fluid from your system and help reduce the swelling in the breasts, overuse of diuretics can lead to depletion of potassium, imbalances your electrolyte system and throw off glucose production.
More Breast care tips to follow as we don’t want to dizzy you out with all the information at a time.