Why are my breasts sore?
It’s a question that is frequently asked in clinic. There’s a few really good reasons and there’s a few scary reasons so read on!
- Hormone imbalance- usually to do with being lower in progesterone than normal. Progesterone is your calming, soothing, happiness hormone. It lightens periods and reduces anxiety. It also boosts thyroid and is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and great for hair and skin. When you’re low, it could be because your adrenals are pumping out more cortisol than normal. or maybe you need some liver support to help shuttle some oestrogen out! (it’s a complex balance being a woman).
- Iodine deficiency: may be an underlying reason for breast tenderness. The breasts are the largest storage organ for iodine in the body. When you’re low in iodine, you may also notice you’re fatigued and gaining weight (or finding it hard to lose). You can have your urine tested for iodine levels. Contact me for more information. Long-standing low iodine levels are related to hypothyroid, breast lumps and cysts.
- Kidney issues – sometimes related to our body’s inability to excrete sodium, we hold onto more water, leading to fluid retention. This is complex as it is both hormonally and driven by electrolyte/fluid balance in the body. When too much fluid is built up outside of the cells, it can be quite painful (leading to sore breasts). Some women equally notice they hold water around their tummy and thighs when their breasts are sore.
What to do:
- Eat a well balanced diet. Lots of vegetables and a couple of pieces of fruit per day is a great start. There was a study conducted on the human microbiome that suggested we need 9 cups of vegetables per day. This is a great way to crowd out the ‘bad’ foods because how will you even fit that in? lol
- Dry skin brushing – helps to move lymphatic fluid through the body and encourages proper toxin removal via stimulation of the skin and lymph vessels.
- Drink more water. At least 2L daily and if you drink tea/coffee add an extra glass per cup of caffeinated beverage.
- Exercise more. Light cardio exercise such as jogging, walking and swimming are helpful for blood and lymph flow, improving circulation and hormone balance. It will also help you feel better about yourself!
- Have your nutrient levels checked by a degree qualified Naturopath (like me). This will help prevent the long-term more serious issues from occurring.
- Take herbal medicine like vitex agnus-castus daily. It has been shown to vastly improve PMS and breast tenderness in women. Please ensure you’re taking the correct dose and that it is safe for you by following the suggestions of your herbalist (or Naturopath).
- Free the nipple. I’m not saying you have to go topless, but I am saying go wire-free (or bra-free for at least when you’re at home and in bed). This will improve the blood flow and lymph flow in and around the breast, allowing them naturally balance the fluid and inflammation levels.
Maybe you have tried everything and you need a hand?
Feel free to get in touch and we can chat about ways to get to the bottom of why your breasts hurt so much. Don’t go without a hug for another day!