6 Questions Every Woman Has About Her Breasts

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Perky or pendulous, AA or DDD–our boobs come in a seemingly infinite variety of shapes and sizes. Each pair is beautifully unique, of course. And yet many of us wonder about the exact same things: “Why do my breasts sometimes hurt?” “Why can’t I find a bra that fits?” “Should I be concerned about this lump?” Worry not: We’ve got answers to your most pressing breast-related FAQs–so you can give your girls all the support they need.

FAQ No. 1: What should I eat to keep my girls healthy?

Suzanne Dixon, RD, an epidemiologist and dietitian in Portland, Ore., advises eating a wide variety of plant-based foods, including these:

Nuts: “All varieties are rich in phytosterols, which have been shown in lab and animal studies to inhibit tumor development,” Dixon says. And some types (including walnuts and pecans) contain fatty acids that may help reduce PMS-related soreness.

Cruciferous vegetables: Cabbage, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts are all chock-full of glucosinolates; these chemicals break down into compounds that appear to inhibit the development of cancer cells.

Mushrooms: Women who ate 10 or more grams of fresh fungi a day (about the size of a single white mushroom) had a 64 percent reduced risk of breast cancer, according to a 2009 Chinese study.

Legumes: Beans and lentils are also loaded with phytosterols. A Harvard University study showed that women who ate legumes at least twice a week had a 24 percent lower risk of breast cancer than women who ate them less than once a month.

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FAQ No. 2: Help! Why are my breasts heading south?

Here are a few myths and facts about what causes your dynamic duo to droop.

You’re getting older

TRUE. The ligaments that help give breasts their shape are made of collagen and elastin, which break down as you age.

You don’t always wear a bra

FALSE. “A bra will hold up your breasts temporarily, but it can’t prevent sagging,” says Dan Mills, MD, vice president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Exception: a sports bra. Bouncing during workouts can make connective tissue deteriorate over time.

You liked tanning

TRUE. Ultraviolet rays break down collagen, Dr. Mills says. More reason to slather on SPF!

FAQ No. 3: Should I get an ultrasound, too?

If you have dense breasts, it’s harder for a radiologist to spot signs of cancer on your mammogram. But a study published in February estimated that performing supplemental screening ultrasound on 10,000 women with dense breasts and negative mammos would prevent only about four deaths and would require about 3,500 unneeded biopsies. A potential alternative: tomosynthesis, an advanced type of digital mammogram that’s becoming increasingly available. It generally improves detection rates and decreases false positives, says Barbara Monsees, MD, spokesperson for the American College of Radiology.

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20 Foods You Should Always Have in Your Kitchen

Cooking healthy meals and choosing smart snacks is easy when you keep your pantry stocked with these healthy staples.

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by Jessica Migala

A well-stocked kitchen allows you to throw together a fast, flavorful meal after a long day. And, when you wake up and have to dash out the door for work, it pays to have grab-and-go breakfast and snack options on hand. We tapped registered dietitians, personal chefs, and bloggers for their must-have foods to always keep in their kitchens. (And yes, they’re all good for you, too.) Some you probably already have, while others you’ll want to add to your list.

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10 Habits of People Who Love to Work Out

Secrets you can steal from those who truly enjoy getting their sweat on.

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by Jessica Migala

You know these people: they bound out of bed in the morning ready to tackle their sunrise bike rides. They leave the office during lunch to sneak in a quick run. Or they head out of work, gym bag in hand–and they’re going to use it (not just bring it back home). They’re the ones who look like they’re actually enjoying themselves as they pedal furiously at Spin. Can you be more like these fitness fanatics? Experts say yes, you can teach yourself to love exercise. Get into the workout groove by mimicking their habits.

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Skinny Up Your Kitchen

by Nancy Rones

From Health magazine

Right now, in your home, you have a powerful belly-shrinking tool you’re not taking advantage of. No, it’s not that Ab Roller you ordered off of late-night TV and promptly banished to the attic.

It’s your kitchen: Set up and stocked the right way, it can make all the difference in whether you pile on midsection fat–or keep it off. With a quick cabinet reorg, simple food swaps, and even a workout move to do during boiling-water downtime, you can transform a fat-belly kitchen into a flat-belly one.

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