Be Breast Aware…

Do you suffer from tender, puffy, enlarged, aching and sore breasts? Often this is suffered in silence due to embarrassment or thinking it is the norm. Breast congestion can be relieved amazingly through kinesiology techniques which reduce chest congestion .You can do one of these at home yourself, make your right hand into a fist like shape, massage firmly from the knee upwards on the outside of the leg (along trouser seam) towards the hip while at the same time holding the tender area of your breast. Repeat for 20 seconds or so until you feel the tenderness and discomfort ease. Repeat on left side also if necessary. A little breast tenderness can be the norm pre-menstrual. If you suffer from it throughout the month or for long periods there may be abnormal hormonal levels like progesterone. I treat many clients for this, and it is often simply rectified through specific nutrient supplementation like essential fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals etc.

Get into the habit of self-examining your breasts. The best time is after your period when your breast tissue is at its softest.

Become familiar with how your breast tissue feels at different times of the month. Remember the tissue can vary depending on your stress levels resulting in hormonal changes, diet, exercise etc. It is important to continue to check your breasts even after the change of life begins.

If you find anything at all that you are not happy with, do not panic. Make an appointment with your doctor and have it checked out to put your mind at ease.

Breast Support: It is vitally important to wear a bra that fits correctly. It must not be too tight or too loose. Instead of under-wired bras, ask for bras with support made up of plastic boning instead.

Constipation or bowel congestion: this can be a cause of breast congestion and tenderness. Get to the root cause of your poor bowel habits, a gently bowel cleanse may be needed.  Keep your body hydrated…this is a must!!

Keep your lymph flowing

A. Regular light exercise, such as rebounding on a mini trampoline or brisk walking with the arms swinging.

B. Avoid the use of anti-perspirants, and roll on deodorants which block natural sweat glands due to their aluminium content. Always use an aluminium free deodorant. You are supposed to sweat…

C. Drink plenty of filtered uncontaminated water daily.

D. Breathe from your abdomen to fill your lungs not just shallow breathing from your chest, keep practicing this daily and make it a new habit.

E. Eat sensibly: Reduce or avoid altogether foods/drinks which are difficult for the body to handle such as caffeine, alcohol, sweeteners, sugar, chocolate, excess additives & preservatives, carbonated drinks and saturated fats.