At Loose Debra we're all about encouraging women to go braless under their clothes. One of the reasons for this is to allow everything to FLOW and GET MOVING around the body in the name of good health. Now, we knew green juices were good for us, so we asked fellow Blogger Nicola (see......g r o w) to invent a LOOSE JUICE that really pushed that lymph along - a Loose Debra signature cocktail as it were! Here's what she wrote...
"I must confess that even as someone who has had a mastectomy, I'm still a bra-wearer. Something about symmetry, you see.
However, I understand the importance of an unrestricted lymphatic system, so my bras are soft, not underwired, and I never wear them when I jog or exercise.
Restricting the lymph is a bad idea. After all, the lymphatic system is the waste disposal unit of the breast. The natural undulating movement of breasts as we walk, run and bend, encourages the removal of toxic waste which naturally builds up in collagen-rich breast tissue. Blocking the flow of lymph creates inflammation and a poorly oxygenated environment, which can in time lead to bigger problems.
Aside from having bra-free time, there are many ways of improving breast health; the easiest being making fresh juices. I'm a big fan of the chuck-it-all-in approach, but in the interests of making it tasty, why not try a combination of the following.....?
Leafy greens are full of chlorophyll, a substance which closely resembles our blood. The blood and lymphatic systems are intrinsically linked - help one, you help the other! I love to use baby spinach, kale or chard.
Broccoli contains sulphoraphane, a potent anti-cancer food which has been shown to reduce cancer stem cells, and is a powerful balancer of hormones, particularly oestrogen. Tip: go easy on the broccoli unless you want a powerful taste!
Ginger is great for the circulatory system and a great anti-inflammatory.
Lemon - all citrus fruits aid hydration. Lemons are full of powerful anti-oxidants and enzymes which can help to cleanse and protect the lymphatic system.
Turmeric is a fantastic anti-inflammatory, thinning the blood and improving circulation. It has profound anti-cancer properties and if you can buy it fresh and add it to your daily juice, you're onto a winner!
Cucumbers are highly hydrating and contain caffeic acid, which has been shown to aid in antiproliferation (stopping the spread of cancer cells) and apoptosis (cancer cell death).
Apples are rich in antioxidants, and add often needed sweetness to a green juice.
In the spirit of breast health, and coursing, free flowing lymph, cheers! Here's to Loose Juice to get everything moving!
Nicola Corcoran of g r o w