How to get rid of breast tenderness?: No one likes tender breasts; although this condition is mostly temporary and is in fact a monthly agenda, being commonly experienced a few days before your period. But sometimes you may feel the torment of aching breasts for weeks together without an explanation. I’ve had women come up to me saying that their breasts are so tender and achy that sometimes they swell up, making it difficult for them to put on their bra. You’d be surprised with the number of people that find breast pain interfering with school, work or even sex!
There are numerous reasons for tender breasts, but we won’t get into the gory details. If you happen to be experiencing the same, my best advice would be to book an appointment with your gyno! However in this post, we will walk you through a number of home remedies that can be made applicable to reduce breast tenderness. Tender breasts are less likely to indicate anything serious. Hence, do not panic, and wait for a few days before rushing to the doctor. Try some of these home remedies first, and if in a few days it doesn’t subside, then you know what to do. Here are some most effective home remedies to get rid of breast tenderness:
12 Ways to Get Rid of Breast Tenderness at Home
Do not compromise on your diet; the best way to combat breast tenderness is by ensuring that your diet is in its best functioning mode possible. This would involve having balanced diets throughout the day. Also, have one or two healthy BMs a day: of course, not too hard, or too soft. Your gut flora must be healthy with probiotics. This gets rid of any excess estrogen that might be present in your digestive system. Probiotics provides your gut with the bacteria and enzymes that promote this. You may also eat foods like miso or sauerkraut that keeps your gut flora good and healthy.
Other things ingestible that promote the elimination of excess hormones include flaxseeds. Freshly ground flaxseeds work miracles in driving out the excessive hormones, as they contain lignans. Apart from flaxseeds, you may also ingest plenty of fiber. This also helps with frequent (the right amount) of bowel movements, while kicking out the excess hormones as well. It’s just a huge coincidence that flax is super high in fiber. Apart from this, dark green, leafy vegetables are rich in fiber too which make them ideal to get rid of breast tenderness.
3. Bringing down the inflammatory hormones
We all know that inflammation results in swelling and pain, so effectively bringing down the number of inflammatory hormones can help in reducing breast tenderness. This has proven effective for many women. This can be done by incorporating the following:
4. Ingest Vitamin E
Intake 600 units of d-alpha tocopherol daily; this helps in bringing down the breast pain.
5. Eat good quality fats
I order to get rid of breast tenderness, stay away from oils that promote inflammation. Rather, go with olive oil, walnut oil and coconut oil for cooking. For dressing salads, opt for with flaxseed oil.
6. Eat less sugar and less animal protein
Incorporate more vegetables, rather than meats in your daily diet. That said, fish is also low-inflammatory, so consume more of it. Stay away from sugar as much as you can as it has been said to lead to inflammation.
7. Drink plenty of water
Replace most of your beverages with water. While I do realize that this is a lot to ask of most people, it is very effective. Not asking you to eliminate caffeine altogether though. But know that it has some hormone disrupting and stress inducing factors, which can be a leading factor for breast tenderness. If you need something else to drink, try switching to green tea instead. Or drink warm water with about a tablespoon of lemon juice in it. Not only is it delicious, but it also helps the body eliminate excessive hormones when taken early in the morning. Stay away from alcohol though, as it increases estrogen and has some serious negative impacts that have been directly associated with breast cancer.
8. Pay attention to what your body is telling you
This might sound like a bizarre piece of advice but it can go a long way. Pay attention to what your body is telling you, or rather, reflecting to you: through your emotional phases. Most of the times, our bodies tell us what we need, what we are lacking, and what we must focus on. To get rid of breast tenderness, take some time to nourish your breasts; yes, rub them firmly with scented oils, give them the pampering they require. Or even rub them with soapy hands during your bath, several times a week. Massaging the breasts can reduce pain while draining the lymph glands, thereby promoting its health.
9. Increase your intake of iodine
Fibrocystic breasts are the end result of iodine deficient diets and is currently on the rise. You must ensure to increase your iodine intake, especially if your breasts are generally tender. Try to include seaweeds and intake multivitamin supplements packed with iodine.
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10. Avoid plastic containers
Try to eat and drink out of glasses and plates that are non-plastic. This again, although sounds bizarre at first, actually makes sense. You must ensure to stay away from plastic wrapped foods. Also, avoid microwaving food in plastic containers.
11. Go organic
Try to eat organic as much as possible. Ensure that you’re eating your greens: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards and kale. Include all of these into your daily diet to really see the results. They not only help in detoxifying estrogen, but also provide you with fiber that helps clear them out of your body before they can be reabsorbed.
12. Ingest bitter herbs
This works surprisingly well in supporting the liver’s capability to detoxify. I would suggest dandelion roots, turmeric, milk thistle, artichoke.
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With these home remedies to get rid of breast tenderness, you should be able to get the respite you seek in just few days. Should the pain and tenderness continue even after trying out these remedies, seek medical assistance.