3 Simple Steps to Protect Your Breasts

October 5, 2016
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

Starve breast cancer today.

It’s that time again when everything turns to PINK. After all, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am not a real fan of what PINK conveys, much to the chagrin of my more traditional colleagues. I don’t think breast cancer or any cancer will be wiped out through a new vaccine or drug. But what I do know is that you can definitely take these 3 Simple Steps right now—today—to substantially reduce your risk of having to face breast cancer in the first place.

#1: Eschew the Estrogen

One of the #1 risk factors for breast cancer is estrogen dominance. Even the Journal of the National Cancer Institute agrees. While balanced estrogen is crucial for reproduction, good cognitive function, glowing skin, and strong bones, higher than normal levels increase breast cancer by more than four times.

That’s no small stat I must say.

Genetically, some women seem to manufacture more estrogen compared to others. Estradiol and estradone forms are more likely to trigger tumor growth while estriol does not. In order to avoid estrogen overload, make sure all forms of estrogen you may be using (from synthetic hormone replacement to bio-identical hormone placement therapy) are balanced with natural, not synthetic progesterone.

I personally suggest the topical ProgestaKey with 20 mg of progesterone per pump—which is the physiological dose your body should be producing. Since soft plastics like Bisphenol A are particularly estrogenic, use glass when possible and never let your plastic water bottle get too hot. This is due to the tendency of estrogenic molecules to migrate when the plastic becomes overheated or warm.

Also, clean house. Get rid of toxic household cleaning products and cosmetics which often contain estrogenic ingredients (parabens, we’re looking at you). A breakthrough study at Tulane University revealed that two estrogenic pesticides combined were a whopping 1,000 times more potent than all by themselves.

#2: Stop the Sugar

You know this one I am sure, but I want to emphasize that sugar triggers insulin release as well as insulin growth hormone—both of which can feed cancer. Even too much fruit with natural fructose should be curtailed as fructose can contribute to non-alcoholic liver syndrome, which impacts nearly 90 million Americans. Quite simply, a fatty liver cannot breakdown hormones. Keep your fructose to 15 grams daily.

Note that apples and pears are surprisingly high sources.

#3: Supplement with Liver-Loving Nutrients

I especially like the two B vitamins choline and inositol because these Bs help metabolize estrogens and xenoestrogens. They can be taken separately, but my clients are covered with UNI KEY’s Weight Loss Formula which contains these lipotropic miracle workers with liver supporting milk thistle, Oregon grape root, lipase, and dandelion.

If you add a tablespoon of non-GMO lecithin to your daily smoothies (as you will find in the updated brand NEW Fat Flush Plan), you will have a complete Rx for effortless slimming and breast health. Lecithin both stimulates and thins your body’s bile—the liver’s detox method for excreting excess estrogen.

One thing we can all agree on is the desire to one day see a cancer-free world.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Becca

    Isn’t lecithin from soy? Isn’t soy estrogen? Just wondering. I have been told this.

    • Team ALG

      Hi, Becca –

      Thank you for your excellent question. Lecithin is derived from soy, but it does not contain any of the estrogenic elements found in soy protein.

    • Adriane

      You can also get sunflower lecithin if you’re avoiding all soy derived products.

  2. Julie Williams

    I just read where you recommended 1/4 lb of white button mushrooms per week? I’m very confused because I watch Know the Cause, the program I first saw you on, and they recommend no mushrooms of any kind on the Phase I diet to kill fungus in your system. I went on the diet once for 6 wks and then got a respiratory infection that I had to take antibiotics for so now I have to start all over. I am concerned about breast cancer as my mother and sister died from it so I’m really confused about the mushrooms now? I know have have fungus and I have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis in my lower spine and osteopenia in one hip and type II diabetes. I don’t want to take the standard drugs and am trying to supplement instead. For Diabetes instead of Metformin I take Dr Whittaker’s Berberine Gold. Alpha Lipoic Acid, Milkthistle w/dandelion and then Calcium and magnesium, D3 for Osteo.I also take a whole food multi.Omega 3 with Resveritrol,all in all about 30 supplements a day. Is there anything specifically for breast supplements other than mushrooms?
    Thank You,Julie

  3. Team ALG

    Hi Julie: Stay tuned for next week’s blog in which the best breast supplements will be featured.

  4. Lourdes

    Great data! I specially benefitted from the lecithin info.

  5. Arlene

    What is your opinion about mammograms? I’ve read some not-so-stellar things about them, but don’t know what to do. Thanks!

    • Ann Louise Gittleman

      Dear Arlene:

      I believe that mammograms have proven helpful for some but I personally would suggest that if you do decide to do a mammogram you combine it with breast thermography and ultrasound.

  6. Kathleen

    I have to buy some lecithin to add to my smoothies! Thank you for this article!

  7. Shelley

    I’m sorry to switch gears here, but I couldn’t find an appropriate place to ask this question. I’m taking the Unikey Flora-Key probiotic. I’m not sure of the best way to take it. I was adding it to my warm lemon drink in the morning, but I read that that isn’t good. Is it best just to drink it with cold water. If so, how long should I wait to drink the lemon water. Then how long should I wait to eat breakfast? With all the waiting between all these things, I have to get up pretty early in order to get to work on time. Thanks for any advice.

    • Team ALG

      Hi Shelley, you can drink the Flora-Key with room temperature water, or cold first and then just wait a couple of minutes before having your lemon water. The temperature of the lemon water will not be too hot to destroy the Flora-Key when it reaches your stomach. If you can do these two drinks when you first get up and then get dressed or fix breakfast it will be enough time before you eat. Just wait as long as you can to let the lemon detox your system before you eat.

  8. Shelley

    Okay. Thank you for your help. : )

    • Team ALG

      You’re very welcome Shelley.

  9. Anna

    Which brand of Lecithin can you recommend? Is soy or sunflower better? Thank you!

  10. Milly

    I am a breast cancer survivor and I also have high LDL cholesterol and was prediabetic on my last blood test. I am on an anti-estrogen pill (Arimidex) to deter any future cancer growth. I also seem to suffer with some type of reflux, although I don’t have traditional heartburn. Would you recommend supplementing with Bile Flow and the addition of CoQ10, Dim and iodine and/or lecithin? Thank you!


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