Natural MD Radio: Breast Tenderness – What You Can Do Naturally



Those ladies. You know. Sometimes they are crying out for a little extra TLC. Like when they get lumpy and achy before your period, or anytime of the month for that matter…. 

This is something I help women with all the time. It seems that living in our extra-estrogen filled world – with pesticides, indirect hormone exposure through plastic packaging, and even our water sources – is a trigger for breast tissue to swell, get cystic, and lumpy. Inflammation can cause this, too, as can your own body’s detox system being a little outta’ whack because it’s got so much to keep up with. 

Even though painful breasts are common, they’re your body telling you that it’s time to do some fine tuning for your health. Today I’m talking about what may be causing your breast tenderness and teaching you seven natural treatments to help you kiss breast tenderness goodbye.

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“Good bras are expensive, but they can save you years of breast, back, and neck pain and even headaches.” – Aviva Romm

Show Notes:

  • The two types of breast tenderness
  • Signs of breast cancer and mastitis
  • Why you should always insist on getting a breast exam
  • The importance of having a well fitting bra
  • Why it’s important to pay attention to your medications
  • Some of the causes of too much estrogen
  • Where we get exposed to environmental estrogen
  • What are xenoestrogens
  • How to reduce your environmental estrogen exposure
  • Why you should consume plants rich in phytoestrogens like flax seeds, legumes, and leafy greens

“The liver is your body’s main site for detoxifying and breaking down estrogen and getting it ready for complete elimination by your gut.” – Aviva Romm

  • Avoiding estrogen based birth control pills
  • What you can do to support your liver detoxification
  • Why you should be having 1-2 healthy poops a day
  • How you can reduce inflammation
  • Why you should up your water intake and ditch the coffee and alcohol
  • The benefits of green tea
  • Why you should think about increasing your iodine intake
  • The importance of paying attention to what your body is telling you
  • Take time to nurture your breasts

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“Our bodies provide us with an amazing amount of information that’s mirroring what’s going on in our emotional lives.” – Aviva Romm

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Arlyn

We also use Maine Coast Seaweed (all the way here in Israel!!) they're the best! And Larch's newsletters are so sweet and inspiring. Highly ecommended!

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Kathy Overly

Thank you so much for your contribution to our wellness. I am an RN currently getting my DNP and its already been such a struggle to "buy into" all the medical interventions when, for most of my life, I been used more hollistic says of healing for myself and my family. I try to incorporate them into my class irk as often as possible but it seems that if the information isn't backed by the CDC or FDA or AMA, well, you know they don't give it much weight. I have been a follower of yours for a while and am such a huge fan! You're an awesome role model! I wish you wellness and happiness and prosperity. ???? -Kathy

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    aviva

    Thank you Kathy! <3

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Annie

Thank you for this well rounded podcast. Im a young herbalist and its always good to hear my forebears hear what they have to say. It really reassures me in my practice and confirms to me that ''i was right'' or "i got this". I also had cystic breasts and a great tendency to it, so it also really is a subject dear to me :)

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Jamie

Really enjoyed listening to this episode. So much good info! Thank you!

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Kristi

Are any of the supplements you mentioned unsafe for pregnancy? I've had breast tenderness along with a bunch of other symptoms for a while, and have been researching thyroid/hormone imbalances as well as estrogen dominance in hopes of finding natural remedies. My chiropractor recommended a women's health practitioner to go to for blood tests, but I haven't had a chance to go yet and yesterday got a positive pregnancy test! How would you recommend proceeding?

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Kristi, Working with your Dr. or Midwife is definitely the best way to go as the answer is a bit deeper that a blog comment can handle! Best of luck and congratulations!! Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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Laura

Ok, so here's my story, 51, paleo, great health. Regular cycle, no illness or medication. About 3 months ago I started to get really tender breasts with each cycle, so i read up on Chaste Tree/ Vitex and tried it. But first I bought the liquid drops and they were so bitter, I ordered the vitex capsules. After a few days the breast tenderness went away and I haven't really had any since, so that's good, BUT, instead of a 28 day cycle, I'm now having 14 day cycles... not so good. So I'm thinking maybe I need to take the vitex for a full 28 days and stop to re-set??? P.S. I'm Julie Rockow Kelly's mom. @ NourishBalanceThrive.com

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    aviva

    Hi Laura, Sorry to just get to your comment - by now I figure you've sorted it out - but yes, I've seen vitex shorten cycles -- I'd lower the dose or stop and see what happens. And of course, try the other strategies if this keeps happening with the vitex.

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L.

Can you clarify for me what the suggested dose was for the capsule form of vitex?

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    Aviva Romm

    Typically, 150-300 mg, 1-3 times/day.

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Shanna

Such a great episode!!! Thanks for all of the great info. I will be trying the recommendations and looking for your book!

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Heather Roques

Appreciation for your contribution to women's wellness. I enjoy reading your blog and especially enjoyed this podcast. Thank you.

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Keesha

Thank you for this podcast! I'm definitely going to implement some of these ideas because I have cyclic breast pain, a lump and swollen lymph nodes. Just recently went through ultrasound, mammogram and biopsy (benign). I have "dense fibrous breasts" and am being referred to a breast specialist. I have definite hormonal imbalance. Hoping some of these suggestions will help! :-) I always try natural (herbals and food-based) remedies first and foremost. Thank you for your time and research on "the girls"! ;-)

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