Top 5 Diet Tips for Fibrocystic Breast Disease

By February 14, 2016Hormonal Imbalance

Do you know that the most common cause of breast lumps is a benign condition called fibrocystic breast disease? Do you also know that diet and lifestyle changes can be of great help for dealing with this common and painful condition? This condition is also called fibrocystic breast disease, cyclic mastalgia or fibroadenosis and it affects as many as 60 percent of women between the ages of 30 and 50.

What is Fibrocystic Breast Disease?

Fibrocystic breast disease is a benign condition characterized by the formation of fluid-filled masses or cysts in one or both breasts and usually cause breast pain and tenderness especially before menstruation. Breast cysts are often linked to premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Although fibrocystic lumps are benign, they can make diagnosing breast cancer more difficult because of the dense fibrous tissue and lumps. Unlike breast cancer lumps which are usually painless, immovable and don’t grow smaller, fibrocystic breast lumps are movable and fluctuate in size during the menstrual cycle. If you discover a breast lump it’s important to consult with you doctor.

Causes of Fibrocystic Breast Disease

What causes breast cysts to develop is not fully understood although a number of factors can contribute. Hormonal imbalances result in increase in milk-producing glands an enlargement of cells and scarring of breast tissue. The hormones estrogen, progesterone and prolactin are all partly responsible for breast cysts especially an increase in estrogen or fall in progesterone levels.

An increase in estrogen is often due to poorly functional liver that is unable to break down excess estrogen in the body quickly enough. Excess estrogen or estrogen dominance in women has many causes and is a condition known as estrogen dominance.

Wearing constricting bras especially underwire bras for long hours can also restrict circulation in the lymph vessels thus hindering waste removal. It is suggested that constricting bras make women more susceptible to developing breast cysts.

Methylxanthines found in coffee, black tea, chocolate and colas have been linked to the development of breast cysts.

A lack of iodine which can cause symptoms of underactive thyroid can also be the cause of breast cysts.

Top 5 Diet Tips for Fibrocystic Breasts by a Holistic Nutritionist

1-Minimize Caffeine

Methylxanthines in caffeine can worsen your symptoms so try to avoid them. These stimulants include coffee, black tea, chocolate and cocoa, caffeinated soft drinks and some over the counter medications.

2-Reduce Saturated Fat

Studies show that saturated fat (in red meat and dairy products) can worsen fibrocystic breast disease.

3-Increase Fiber Intake

Fiber helps the body eliminate excess hormones and toxins which can worsen fibrocystic breast disease. Good sources of fiber include whole grains, vegetables, fruits and seeds such as flaxseeds.

3-Eat More Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and kale. These vegetables contain a natural compound called indole-3-carbinol that helps in estrogen excretion by the liver and inhibit tumor growth.

3-Eat Flaxseeds 

Flaxseeds are a source of omega 3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation. They are also a source of fiber and contain lignans that act as phytoestrogen and help block the effect of bad estrogen on breast tissue. Ground flaxseeds and cold-pressed flaxseed oil are a very beneficial to your daily diet.

As a holistic nutritionist with a medical background, I highly recommend a personalized holistic nutrition approach to deal with fibrocystic breast disease as medical treatments are very limited and usually non-effective. This comprises dietary, supplement and lifestyle changes to help correct nutritional deficiencies, rebalance the female hormones and support detoxification of toxins and excess hormones by the liver and lymphatic system.

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Fibrocytic breast disease is a benign condition that can cause a lot of pain and worry for many women especially those with a family history of breast cancer. If you or any of your loved ones or friends is struggling with this painful heath condition, considering a holistic nutrition approach that gets to the root cause of the problem can be an effective way to help you relieve your pains.

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Maha Nasr

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Maha Nasr, founder and owner of Healthy U Turn, is a registered holistic nutritionist, author, weight loss consultant and certified cancer coach with over 20 years of combined expertise in the medical and holistic nutrition fields. Maha truly believes in the healing power of nature that is readily available to everyone and empowers her clients to embrace a holistic lifestyle that supports the whole person physically, mentally and emotionally. She focuses on helping women struggling with resistant weight loss, hormonal imbalance, digestive issues, food allergies and cancer to take control of their diet, live a healthy lifestyle and naturally transform their health without deprivation or struggle. She offers one on one nutritional & health coaching services both online and in-person in Toronto and Oakville. Find out more at www.healthyuturn.com

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