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Health and Wellness Tips from a Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Awareness

Guest Post by Kere Knautz

Exercise at least 30 minutes every day, the more active you are, and the lower your BMI, the better for your health. Physical activity will make you feel better and potentially reduce cancer related risks.

Buy the best water filter you can afford, and filter all your water for drinking and cooking. Make sure to drink out of glass, or aluminum, water bottles, ditch the plastic.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate but ditch the soda, Gatorade, energy and sports drinks.

Get rid of Teflon pots and pans and switch to ceramic.

Take a good quality probiotic every day. Most disease starts in our guts. Eat and drink fermented foods such as sauerkraut and Kombucha.

Trade your antiperspirant that has aluminum and other nasty ingredients for a healthy “green” deodorant. Our bodies are meant to sweat, that’s how we release toxins.

Shop the outer isles of the grocery store and read labels. Buy organic whenever possible, this does not have to be expensive, Aldi has a great organic selection. Read labels and be aware of what is in your food. Avoid Artificial Flavors, Enriched Wheat, Hydrogentated or Fractionated Oils, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Nitrates, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Potassium Benzoate and Sodium Benzoate, Artificial Coloring, Acesulfame-K, Sucralose, Aspartame, BHA and BH, Propyl Gallate, Sodium Chloride, Soy, Corn, Potassium Sorbate, Soy Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, Canola oil. Contrary to popular belief, wheat is not healthy. Try a sprouted grain bread.

Know your Vitamin D levels. Almost every woman I know that has been diagnosed with breast cancer had vitamin D levels below normal. Take a supplement if needed with your doctor’s advice.

Be in tune with your body and do self-exams daily. If you have any symptoms presenting for more than two weeks, get checked out. If something doesn’t seem right, it’s probably not, but don’t scare yourself into thinking something is wrong either.

If you drink, make sure it’s in moderation. If you smoke, quit.

Limit your red meat consumption and eat grass fed, non GMO, hormone free and organic meat whenever possible. Have a meatless meal a few times a week. Be cautious of factory farmed fish.

Up your protein intake.

Snack on fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Limit your dairy, it is an inflammatory.

Make time for yourself, a detox bath with magnesium flakes and lavender essential oil, yoga, meditation, or a good book

Go green with your household cleaners, there are so many nasty chemicals in everyday products.

Download the Think Dirty App and scan everything you plan on buying. It will tell you on a scale of 1-10 how clean your products are. 10 is the worst, it will also tell you what ingredients in the product are bad.

Find a way to relieve stress. Stress is not good for you especially after having cancer.

Get a good night’s sleep.

Laugh every day.

Be thankful for what you have and appreciate the little things in life.

Be kind to others, it releases feel good endorphins!

Clean up your beauty game. There are so many green beauty bloggers on the internet and Instagram. It may cost a little more to protect your health but its way cheaper than medical bills. The skin is your largest organ and absorbs everything you put on it within 26 seconds. Your skin is your most important immune defense barrier as well as your largest organ for eliminating waste. Commercial products with harmful petroleum ingredients can plasticize and “constipate” your skin, making germs more likely to get in and toxins less likely to get out of your body. Get educated. Stay away from these harmful ingredients. Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40), DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA  (triethanolamine), DMDM Hydantion & Urea (Imidazolidinyl), FD&C Color Pigments, Synthetic Fragrances, Mineral Oil, Polyethylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Triclosan, Aluminum, Pthalates, DEET, Dioxins, Formaldehyde, Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA), Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Toluene and Camphor

If you burn candles make sure they are beeswax or soy, or diffuse essential oils. Most candles are made with synthetic fragrance that are carcinogens and hormone disruptors.

Put together a sensible supplement plan with your oncologist or GP, do not self-medicate but make sure you are not deficient in any necessary nutrients. If you do use supplements make sure they are made with whole food and from a reputable company. Again you will pay more but most OTC vitamins are made with junk and fillers your body can’t process. If you have had chemotherapy, make sure to take a good calcium supplement to prevent osteoporosis. Make sure to add my favorite supplements by Seabuck Wonders to your list for the amazing omegas.

Drybrush on a regular basis. The benefits of dry skin brushing include: Increasing the circulation to the skin could possibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells and encourages new cell renewal, which results in smoother and brighter skin. It assists in improving vascular blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and detoxification.

Add Apple Cider Vinegar into your diet. Google the benefits. I use 2 TBS of ACV in hot water with a teaspoon of organic honey

Elderberry syrup is an immunity booster, I take it daily and have not been sick in 2 years.

Look up the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps and get some.

Set a daily mantra and stick to it. Think positive!

Mostly, live your life. I follow the 80/20 rule. 80% healthy and 20% fun. Who doesn’t love red wine, pizza and dessert?

You do not have to incorporate all changes at once. Start small and build up. It’s amazing how much better you feel when you treat your body and the air around you good.

Cheers to your health!