With summer in full swing, prioritizing your breast health has never been more critical. Warmer weather often means more fun in the sun and margaritas by the beach, which could also mean taking a vacation from your breast health journey.
Therefore, keeping your health top of mind while enjoying the fresh air and outdoor festivities is essential.
Here are some tips to keep you (and your breasts) healthy and happy during the warmer months ahead.
Carry Sunscreen with You
From vitamin D production to skin cancer risks, the sun can positively and negatively affect women’s health. So, while absorbing its essential D vitamin may be beneficial, ensuring your skin stays protected should take precedence.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30.
Choosing a higher SPF will provide more protection, but remember that no sunblock is 100% preventive. So, if you know you’ll be outside for a long time, bring a hat or beach umbrella to cover your face and a shawl or long-sleeve shirt to cover your shoulders and chest.
Be sure to reapply sunblock every 2 hours, and don’t rely on your cosmetics to carry the weight of sun protection, as many only have an SPF of 15.
Keep Water Nearby
With the summer heat and weekends filled with backyard barbeques and family road trips, it’s easy to slip into the sugary beverages of lemonade, sweet tea, and perhaps something a little stronger. But sadly, these drinks can dehydrate you, and no matter how you look at it, alcohol can put your breast health at risk.
Let’s also not forget that the hot weather can cause you to sweat more, so you must replace the fluids you lose. Therefore, drinking plenty of water is the key to staying hydrated. Aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily and more if you exercise.
If you think drinking plain water is dull, try to stick with water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and strawberries to help keep you hydrated. You can also pop them into a water pitcher for a natural, refreshing taste!
Eat a Balanced Diet
We all tend to indulge in more unhealthy foods during the summer months. Therefore, make sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, as well as lean proteins and whole grains.
Avoid processed and sugary foods, which can lead to weight gain and other health problems. Eating a balanced diet will help you feel your best and stay healthy all summer long.
Need inspiration? Read our article on the top 5 foods that support women’s breast health.
The longer days and warmer weather should make it easier to get outdoors and move! Therefore, try incorporating physical activity into your daily routine, whether going for a walk, bike ride, or swimming.
You can also try new activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, or hiking. Not only will staying active help you maintain a healthy weight and may reduce your risk of breast cancer, but it will also boost your mood and energy levels. So get out there and enjoy all the summer has to offer while staying active and healthy.
Wear the Right Bra
While staying active and sweating more, be sure you’re wearing the right bra to support your breasts. Opt for bras made with breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo to prevent sweat buildup.
Most importantly, ensure your bra fits properly and provides adequate support to avoid discomfort and potential long-term damage.
Why is getting the right fit so important?
Wearing the right bra plays a big role in maintaining good breast health. In fact, a well-fitted bra can help reduce strain on the ligaments and muscles of the breasts, preventing sagging and other issues that can arise over time.
If you’re planning to bike or hike this summer, sports bras are designed to provide support and comfort during physical activity. They are generally considered safe for breast health, as they minimize breast movement and help prevent tissue damage and pain resulting from strain during exercise.
Choosing a sports bra that fits well, supports the breasts without restricting blood flow, and does not cause discomfort or chafing is essential.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Summer can be busy and stressful, with vacations, family gatherings, and other social events. Make sure to take time for yourself to relax and recharge.
Try practicing mindfulness, meditation, yoga, or simply taking a break from social media and technology.
Remember to prioritize your mental health and well-being, and don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it.
Have a Safe, Healthy Summer!
Following these simple summer breast health tips will allow you to prioritize your women’s health journey this summer and beyond. Remember to always listen to your body and seek medical attention if you notice any changes or abnormalities in your breasts.
Don’t forget about your annual mammogram
Even if your days and evenings are filling up quickly, make time for your annual mammogram appointment.
At The Breast Center of Maple Grove, you’ll find convenient appointments available Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-5:00 pm, with extended hours on Tuesdays from 7:30 am-8:00 pm.