I recently saw an article on NPR that discussed what kind of toxins may be floating around in breasts. It blew me away what Florence Williams found in her own breast milk.
Florence Williams, who wrote, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, decided to send in some of her breast milk to a German lab to have it analyzed for toxins. When the results came back, she was surprised. There were trace amounts of pesticides, dioxin and high to average levels of flame retardant, all of which can be passed onto the baby.
The body has an effective system of quarantining toxins in our fat cells. The soft fatty tissue in breasts is one of the most absorbent areas of fat that our body stores toxins in. More tumors develop in breasts than in any other organ in the body other than skin.
Williams also found that the BPA’s in plastic might be having a troubling effect on our offspring. In labs, scientists have seen second generation mice and monkey’s develop abnormal mammary glands which made them far more susceptible for breast cancer.
Eating and Living Clean
The beauty of this is that we have the power to change it. By eating clean, organic food we can reduce a lot of the toxins that get into our food. We can reduce the amount of plastics that we use, especially for food storage. By using glass containers we can reduce our plastic intake. Many of our household products contain toxins and flame retardants so it’s worth it to find the more naturally made products.
Try to detoxify your life by having more natural products around you. You can even do juice fasts or a raw food detox to help get rid of some of the toxins that have built up in your body. Make sure that your lymphatic system isn’t being hindered and you can move the toxins out of your body. Suzanne wrote about great ways to keep the pressure off of the breasts as well, allowing blood to flow through and to help detox.
Have you noticed a reduction in toxins by cleaning up your diet and/or surroundings?