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Adiva Naturals donation to Breast Cancer Awareness | TOP 5 Risk Reducing Steps

African American Women are being diagnosed with Breast Cancer,
M
ore are surviving.
Yes, there is Help and Hope!

As of March 2017, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment. The same report says roughly 40,610 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2017 from breast cancer. In many cases women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness. For Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women, the risk of developing and dying from breast cancer is lower.

Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get breast cancer, too.

Adiva Naturals products for multicultural skin types and hair of various curl patterns became progressively necessary because they do not contain the toxic and harmful chemicals that most major commercial beauty lines accommodate. Everyday products, were widely becoming the norm to contain toxic chemicals known to lead to breast cancer and various other types of cancers.

“In my studies and search for creating a healthy regiment for my family, but especially for me as it related to my psoriasis, I became increasingly aware that 90% of ingredients used in cosmetics were dangerous. I always knew there were healthy alternatives to the synthetic (man-made) version of products that were lined up on the shelves. As I got older, I started to realize an alarming rate of young people were being diagnosed with breast cancer. I was directly able to contribute the increased number to these toxic products in what they were consuming and to their lifestyle. Many women did not want to hear the alarm, they were not interested in swapping out their beauty regiments regardless, even after knowing the dangers.


My mission and drive to make consumers aware greatly deepen after I lost a good girlfriend of mine to the battle of cancer. My friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and the doctor went in and remove the cancer, without having to do a mastectomy. However, after a successful procedure, the doctor prescribed an ointment to apply on her breast that contained three toxic parabens. I was outraged, why would they after removing a cancer, give their patient something that could cause cancer; without hesitation, I hurried to create a healthier alternative for her.

Unfortunately, a year later my friend was diagnosed with liver cancer that spread, and then she was tired of fighting. This loss fueled my desire to keep educating the community on the threats of these detrimental ingredients and to continue to provide healthy hair and skin care product alternatives to the marketplace," says Nadira Chase, Founder, CEO and Product Developer. 

There are many man-made cancer risky chemicals to avoid however parabens and phthalates were the ones that led to Nadira developing her own product line absent from these silent killers over 15 years ago.

  • Parabens are associated with the increase of breast cancer and found in makeup, body washes, shampoos, deodorants, facial cleaners, food, and even pharmaceutical products. Parabens act as a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast.
  • Phthalates linked to the increased risk of breast cancer as endocrine disruptors in early breast development in girls. Often found in deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers mostly disguised as the secret formula.

TOP 5 Breast Cancer
Risk-Reducing Steps

Women with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop breast cancer. A risk factor is something that may increase the chance of getting a disease. Some risk factors (such as drinking alcohol) can be avoided. But most risk factors (such as having a family history of breast cancer) can't be avoided.

Harmful Toxic Chemicals to avoid in Hair Care Skin Care

1. Check the label | Go Natural
Did you know your skin has a surface area of roughly 21.5 square feet making it your largest organ? Some chemicals can be absorbed through the skin in enough quantity to cause detrimental systemic effects from occupational, environmental, or consumer skin exposure to toxic chemicals, cosmetics, or pharmaceutical drugs. Synthetic (man-made) chemicals are becoming increasingly widespread and changing the chemical makeup of our environments both internally and externally. Be sure you really know, what your hair and skin are absorbing.

20 Cancer Fighter Foods

2. "Everything you eat is either fighting disease or fueling it."
Refined sugars and grains, hydrogenated oils, and nitrates are ingredients in food that are known to promote cancer development. All of these foods have amazing flavor and incredible benefits that can aid prevention of cancer or even cure certain illnesses and complaints. Three of the most powerful healing foods are Turmeric, Garlic and Ginger. Learn more

3. Never stop moving
Many women and girls are becoming physically inactive for the ease of modern day life in front of the T.V., driving or riding to most places, working longer hours, and surfing around online. Even if you are spending the average 2.5 hours per week working out, you'll probably one of the women sitting too much, 63% of their day. Yes, exercise regularly and never stop moving (stand, pace, and tap your toes often) can help lower the risk of breast cancer. No membership or fitness pass needed, workout at home, check out two awesome YouTubers channels to keep you moving.


Bashirrah is the dance instructor behind 
African Dance Fitness channel. Look to her channel for weekly 10 minute workouts within the realm of African Dance.


Former track and field athlete, Kai Wheeler‘s channel is one you can watch to improve endurance and your overall athletic performance.

 

Breastfeeding can further lower the risk of getting breast cancer

4. Breastfeeding can further lower the risk of getting breast cancer as it forces breast cells to become mature. Only 3 out 4 new mothers in the U.S. start out breastfeeding and less women are still breastfeeding after the recommended 6 months and even fewer breastfeed exclusively.

Stress is a major player in the leading cause of many illness

5. When stress speaks – listen very carefully! 
The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it, much like an alert urging you to avoid danger. Stress on a continuous basis without rest and relaxation between further challenges becomes negative and can lead to a condition called distress. As a result, the person becomes overworked, and stress-related tension builds. No part of the body is immune, but since we handle stress differently, the symptoms may vary.
Read 50 Tips for a stress-free life

Physical symptoms of stress:
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation and nausea
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Headaches
  • Low energy
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability

Stress release check out "The Trouble Tree" story in last week's blog post.

Adiva Naturals donation
to Breast Cancer Awareness
You can support the Community too!

A portion of Adiva Naturals online sales for the month of October will go toward fighting the silent monster locally and nationally.  We have selected two non-profit organizations, Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation and The African American Breast Cancer Alliance, Inc. (AABCA) to be benefactors and to cheer them on in their efforts toward the fight against Breast Cancer. 

We would love to hear from you: 

Do you regularly check your beauty, hair care, and skin care products labels? Will you commit to being more alert and limiting your exposure to harmful chemicals?

Learn 31 risk-reducing steps
you can take today!

Think Pink, Live Green: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer Think Pink, Live Green: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer teaches you the biology of breast development and how modern life affects breast cancer risk.

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free booklet by mail or download the PDF 

[Sources: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and Greg Chertok, director of sport psychology at Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey; www.webmd.boots.com/stress-management/physical-stress-symptoms; www.capitalfm.co.ke/lifestyle/2015/07/20/50-tips-for-a-stress-free-life; www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-cunningham/dangerous-beauty-products_b_4168587.html; www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors; www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics; www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/what-is-breast-cancer.html; Cover image photo credit: Allyson Alapont]

1 comment

  • thanks!!! Great information!!!!

    Krystal

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