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We have all become familiar with the October onslaught of Breast Cancer Prevention efforts. I often see my friends and patients wearing the pink ribbon in support of the many women who have had to navigate this terrible disease. It is a problem and I support the efforts to increase research dollars and educate women about early detection.

I would like us all in this month of October, to take a moment to think outside the box. Is breast cancer really all about genetics, what BRACA you may be, and what receptor sensitivity you may have? While I believe that all those markers are important and help determine treatment course, what if the discussion on this disease could begin even earlier?

My patients know that hormone balance and digestive function are intricately linked. We all know that stress and hormone balance are inseparable concepts. Breast cancer incidence has increased, but the genetics have always been there. To truly prevent Breast Cancer we need to convince our young women and adolescent girls to be cognizant of hormones, hormone detoxification and the long term ramifications of synthetic hormone use; including oral contraceptives and the hormones associated with IVF and fertility treatments.

Hormones are powerful and whether they are bombarding us from the environment, our food or our bodies’ inability to process them, we need to be aware of where we stand at any age with hormone balance, detoxification, digestive function and stress.This month, think about Breast Cancer- early detection, genetics and true prevention….hormone detoxification and digestive dysfunction.

Yours Truly,

– Dr.Tasneem Bhatia

10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

    • Don’t starve yourself. Dropping below 1,000 calories a day can cause your body to go into starvation mode.
    • Eat smaller meals more frequently. Eat a balanced meal with enough calories to sustain energy to fuel metabolism.
    • Eat breakfast. Going too long in between meals slows also causes your body to go into starvation mode.
    • Drink water! The energy burning process of metabolism needs water to work effectively.
    • Schedule sleep. Try to get in at least 7 hours of sleep a night and stick to a consistent sleep schedule.
    • Eat wholesome organic foods. Eat foods that will stabilize blood sugar levels and assist in fat loss.
    • Incorporate strength training. Muscle burns more calories than fat. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn.
    • Avoid alcohol. It prevents fat burning and can add hundreds of calories.
    • Take your B vitamins. Important if you’re feeling fatigued and lack energy.
    • Healthy fats. Sources include nuts, extra virgin olive oil and Omega 3’s. Omega 3 supplements reduce your insulin levels throughout the day. When insulin levels are high you can’t burn fat.

– According to Dr. Daniel Amen

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