June 21, 2023

An Introduction to Women’s Health: Breast Health

Oliver Cowmeadow, principal of the International Macrobiotic School, is passionate about empowering people to take charge of their health. As part of his commitment, he will be hosting a Women’s Health Day event on June 24th in Devon, England.

In preparation for the event, Oliver has released a series of informative videos, one of which focuses on breast health. In this blog post, we will delve into the key points from Oliver’s video, discussing the importance of food choices, emotional well-being, and overall self-care in maintaining optimal breast health.

Emotional and Energetic Considerations

Oliver emphasises the significance of our dietary habits in supporting breast health. According to oriental medicine, reproductive organs such as the breasts, ovaries, uterus, and prostate serve as storage organs for nutrients and energy. When we consume an excessive amount of fats and oils, more than our bodies can utilise, the surplus is stored in various organs, including the breasts. This accumulation of excess can lead to breast lumps, calcifications, and potentially even cancerous growths. To promote breast health, Oliver suggests adopting a plant-based, low-animal-fat diet. Countries with lower animal fat consumption, such as Japan, Thailand, and Sri Lanka, demonstrate significantly lower rates of breast cancer compared to those with higher animal fat intake, like the UK, the US, Denmark, and the Netherlands.

Although dairy products are often promoted for their calcium content, other plant-based foods, such as sesame seeds, beans, grains, and green vegetables, provide ample amounts of calcium without the drawbacks of excessive fats and sugars. By incorporating these whole foods into our diets, we can ensure sufficient calcium intake and support overall breast health.

Food Choices and Breast Health:

In addition to dietary factors, Oliver explores the emotional and energetic aspects associated with breast health. According to oriental medicine, the heart plays a crucial role in breast health, particularly during breastfeeding, as it supplies emotional energy alongside physical nourishment. Cultivating self-love and acceptance for our bodies, including our breasts, is essential, as societal judgments and negative messages can impact our emotional well-being. Research suggests that experiencing more joy in life correlates with a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence, underscoring the importance of fostering positive emotions, primarily originating from the heart.

The liver, another organ significant to breast health, not only supplies nutrients but also influences emotional expression and creativity. Avoiding heavy animal foods, engaging in regular physical movement, and expressing emotions constructively can help maintain optimal liver function. Stagnation within the liver and gallbladder meridian can lead to breast pain and the accumulation of excess materials, exacerbating breast-related problems. By adopting healthy lifestyle practices, we can support liver health and reduce the risk of breast complications.

Lastly, the spleen and pancreas, responsible for nourishing the body physically, emotionally, and mentally, play a vital role in breast health. Proper nourishment, both through healthy eating habits and self-care practices, contributes to their optimal functioning. Prioritizing self-nourishment and addressing emotional needs can prevent seeking solace in unhealthy food choices that perpetuate a cycle of inadequacy and excess consumption.

Maintaining breast health goes beyond physical well-being; it encompasses emotional, energetic, and holistic aspects of our lives. By making mindful food choices, prioritising emotional well-being, and engaging in self-nurturing practices, we can empower ourselves to prevent and address common breast-related problems. Our Women’s Health Day event on June 24th provides an opportunity to delve even deeper.

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