October 27, 2022
Written by: Kinjal Shah MD (Hom).
Medically reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer B.A. & Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Est. reading time: 6 minutes.
4 Scientifically Backed Ways To Support Your Breast Health
Hint: It Also Involves Your Circadian Rhythm
“I learned to put myself first.”
“It was up to me to decide what to do with my life.”
You’ll hear phrases like this from women who’ve made significant changes following breast cancer. Can you relate? Or maybe right now, you or the people you serve are wondering, “how can I keep my breasts healthy?”
You see, it’s often when women are at their weakest emotionally and physically — after surgery, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy — when they start making significant lifestyle changes.
And while this is common, it’s not ideal for changing your perspective on what really matters when a problem strikes. So, you can start making changes right now to support your breast health.
Would you love to know how you can use Castor Oil to support your breast health? Now’s your chance to get 2 easy DIY Castor Oil recipes so you can support your breasts and lymphatic flow.
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