Strategy 1, Drink Water With Lemons: Lifestyle Strategies to Combat and Prevent Breast Cancer

Every day during the month of October, breast cancer surivior and author Judy Fitzgerald will provide simple strategies to prevent or combat the disease.

 October 1 – Strategy 1 – Drink water with lemons/limes

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2009, I read every book written by cancer “survivors’ who had successfully overcome the disease.  What I discovered was that there were many common elements in their diet and lifestyle changes.  I compiled these strategies in my book, A Teacher’s Journey…What Breast Cancer Taught Me but more importantly, I try to follow these healthy habits in my daily life.  Some are easy to implement; some not so much.

So come along with me during Breast Cancer month and together we’ll start on a 31 day journey to a healthier life.  Try to at least follow the recommended
strategy for each day, and if you’re really willing to follow along with me…keep
adding the strategies until you’ve adopted them all.  We’ll start off slow with the easiest habits to adopt and build to the most difficult. Whatever you decide, if you take any of them as permanent habits, you’ll be healthier for it. 

Today’s tip is simple and something we hear all the time.  Drink lots and lots of filtered water.  The critical twist is to add slices of organic lemons and limes to it.  Water is the best internal cleanser and cancer hates the alkaline environment created by adding lemons and limes to your water. 

From NaturalNews
“A glass of warm lemon or lime water first thing in the morning is surprisingly
helpful in several ways. This Yogic or Ayurvedic ritual is primarily for
stimulating digestion and eliminating ama, the Ayurvedic term for toxic slime
that builds up in the gastro-intestinal or GI tract. This ritual has even more
health benefits.”

To learn more, visit: http://www.naturalnews.com/033383_lemon_juice_digestion.html#ixzz27xUiXx2A

Many sources recommend drinking it warm, but any way is better than not.  I take a large BPA free water bottle and fill it with filtered water at night.  I add several slices of organic lemons and limes and place it in the frig before I go to bed.  Then during the day while I’m running errands or working, I can easily take it with me. I keep refilling it throughout the day using the same fruit slices.  In the evening I discard the fruit, rinse the bottle and start all over.

Lemon/lime water has several benefits including purifying the liver, helping with digestion (restaurants offer lemon water for this reason), maintaining a high body pH (alkalizing effect), is high in magnesium and potassium and helps the body eliminate toxic waste.  All these wonderful things can happen by drinking a simple glass of water.  Drinking water before meals also helps your brain send signals to your stomach that you are satisfied with less food.  Who knows…you may even lose a few pounds.

So…for today, it’s pretty simple. Drink at least 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water.  While you’re at it, supercharge it with lemons and limes.

Go to www.sisters4prevention.com. I will post all tips as we progress through the month on the sisters4prevention site on my blog…31 days to a healthier life. 
For true prevention…support the Pink Vaccine, the first preventive
breast cancer vaccine.  For more information: www.thepinkvaccine.com.












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Julie Mott October 01, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Whatever it takes! Breast cancer is a horrific disease. I've had a taste of this at only 40 and luckily with no ill effect this time but so many others aren't as fortunate. Support to find a cure! And women... Don't forget screening and mammograms!!
Judy Fitzgerald October 01, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Dear Julie, Thanks for your post. Screening is so important but prevention is also. I hope you have time to check out the information on the Pink Vaccine. We need to make sure our children do not have to endure this horrible disease. Judy
Suzanne Arena October 02, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Great ideas on strategy Judy, and I like the awareness for this month. @ Julie, strategy needs to always be well researched and I have learned at my expense that Doctor's are not God's. As such, do know & do your own research: Another thing you ALL should know: Mammograms are NOT recommended when you do the research. I am not having them done anymore, but chosing the alternatives. American College of Physicians, however, made recommendations similar to the USPS a couple of years ago and the National Breast Cancer Coalition has routinely warned women of the limitations and potential for harm that mammograms hold. AND United States Preventive Services (USPS) Task Force recently released a recommendation that women in their 40’s should NOT have yearly mammograms. This recommendation obviously conflicts with those of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other groups. Mammograms expose your body to radiation 1,000 times greater than a chest x-ray. Alternative Medicine magazine says, “Their ionizing radiation mutates cells, and the mechanical pressure can spread cells that are already malignant (as can biopsies).” OPTIONS: Thermography is a safe alternative to Mammography and MRI
Suzanne Arena October 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Also, check out Study: BPA, methylparaben block breast cancer drugs http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Study-BPA-methylparaben-block-breast-cancer-2310172.php?fb_action_ids=4726601923170&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582#src=fb
Melanie Bourne July 08, 2013 at 07:43 AM
Many people believe are not aware that lemons are alkalizing when ingested. You covered some good points here. Drinking a lot of purified water is a great tip of advice for people of every age. I like to do the lemonade diet as often as possible to rehydrate, revitalize, and detoxify my body. You can find out more information at this site. http://www.TheLemonadeSite.com


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