October is the month of breast cancer awareness.  Breast cancer unfortunately has affected many in my family, so this is an issue that hits very close to home for me.  I recently lost my incredible mother, Scotty to cancer in April of 2015.  My mother-in-law, Renee who passed almost 3 years ago, was a breast cancer survivor. I am always tuned in to ways that we as women can naturally help prevent or lower our risk of developing breast cancer.  I have a 3 beautiful daughters, 4 sisters, 4 sister in-laws, and too many to count nieces, girlfriends and fabulous clients.  I don’t want to see any 1 of these women battle this health challenge in their life.  Unfortunately, we all know at least 1 person who currently has breast cancer.

Growing evidence shows that foods, especially plant-based food, can play a role in the war against breast cancer. They may help fight cancer due to the large amount of phytonutrients they contain.

Berries – While all berries contain cancer-fighting phytonutrients, black raspberries, in particular, contain a very high concentration of anthocyanins. These phytochemicals slow down the growth of premalignant cells and keep new blood vessels from forming and potentially feeding a cancerous tumor.

Pomegranates – Early research into the pomegranate’s role in combating cancer suggests that the fruit contains a compound, ellagic acid, that might help contest cancer’s growth (estrogen-dependent cancers in particular).

Spinach – In addition to being one of the healthiest foods on the planet, spinach is also a cancer-fighting food. Like berries, spinach contain large amounts of phytonutrients. Studies show that the more spinach eaten on a regular basis, the lower the chance of getting cancer across the board.

Spa Smoothie
This breast cancer-inspired smoothie is the perfect treat for clients as they wait for a treatment or as they are on their way out of the spa. This smoothie is made from breast cancer-fighting foods and is pink!

Ingredients:

1½ cups pure pomegranate juice
1¼ cups blueberries
¾ cup plain yogurt (or your favorite kind of yogurt)
1½ tablespoons honey
1 cup ice
½ cup spinach (optional)

Directions:
Put the pomegranate juice, blueberries, yogurt, honey, ice, and spinach in a blender. Turn the blender on high and fuse until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

 References:

Vann, M. (2012, December 12). 12 Foods for Breast Cancer Prevention.
Kadey, M. (n.d.). 10 foods that fight breast cancer.
Bembu. (2013). 37 Cancer Fighting Foods & Drinks.