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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Italian Vinaigrette and Foods That Can Help Woman With Fibrocystic Discomfort

There is always lots of conversation on this subject of  breast health. we have  a long history of these very issues with family and friends.  After doing some research, I have found this painful and somewhat scary condition to be  very common problem for many woman.  Pain that comes and goes, sometimes monthly, yearly and each time the fear comes back again,  always asking is this time different?
Fibrocystic breasts are characterized by lumpiness and usually discomfort in one or both breasts. The condition is very common and benign, meaning that fibrocystic breasts are not malignant (cancerous). Fibrocystic breast disease (FBD), now referred to as fibrocystic changes or fibrocystic breast condition, is the most common cause of "lumpy breasts" in women and affects more than 60% of women, this was a shocking percent to me. The condition primarily affects women between the ages of 30 and 50 and tends to become less of a problem after menopause.
In some women, the symptoms of fibrocystic breast condition can be very mild with minimal breast tenderness or pain. The symptoms can also be limited in time, usually occurring only premenstrually. It may not even be possible to feel any lumps when the breasts are examined and pain can last up to 3 months. I was told that using hot compresses or heating pad may help to shrink the cysts. Always check with your own doctor.
Caffeine has been implicated as contributing to both the symptoms and scarring (fibrocystic) changes in fibrocystic breast condition. However,  the results are conflicting, and no firm benefit of caffeine restriction can be scientifically established. Additionally, there appears to be no evidence that caffeine increases the risk of breast cancer.(Note that coffee is not the only source of caffeine. Tea, chocolate, and certain soft drinks also contain caffeine.) There is no harm in trying caffeine avoidance, and there may be a few fibrocystic breast condition patients for whom it is beneficial.

Change to a low fat diet even vegetarian if possible for awhile. High fat intake increases estrogen production in your body, which aggravates pain and swelling. Increase the amount of  vegetables you eat.  These include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Eat more high fiber foods, such as apples. All help your body excrete excessive estrogen.

Even after 50 something , you can continue to get these fluid filled annoying cysts but the good news is they will evently go away through menopause.  Menopause can take care of this but once you have any hormonal imbalance, they can reoccur. Patience is for sure one you need with this condition. One of the critical pieces is your mammogram yearly to check for changes, the other is taking B6 .
In conclusion:
 Eat the right foods and make sure your wearing a loose fitting bar.
See your doctor regularly and  remember to try and keep stress free.
A few tips to keep in mind. Not everyone is the same. If you haven't been checked for the first time you notice pain and have a breast cyst,  go get this checked. Be certain you are dealing with cycle cysts or Fibro cystic breasts changes. After a professional has diagnosed you pay attention to you body, write things down when they happen. Sometimes it happen at the same time every year, not sure why but it does. Stress is always an important factor to control as always, listen to your body. Your doctor will give you the best advice for treatment. Never take it lightly until you know for sure.

Of course here is a healthy recipe for all those vegetables your going to be eating!

A Healthy Light  Italian Vinaigrette dressing for your vegetables:

14 cup garlic vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt, pepper to taste
pinch of oregano
1 tablespoon fresh basil
Combine vinaigrette recipe in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Add the garlic vinegar, lemon juice, light olive oil, salt and pepper.Shake Italian vinaigrette vigorously for 1 minute. Pour over grilled vegetables, such as eggplant, zucchini, string beans etc...
Makes 1 cup