There’s a lot of buzz about breast cancer awareness this month. Pink ribbons are everywhere. people are running races and sponsors are coming out of the woodwork to support pharmaceutical companies researching new drugs.

Have you ever noticed how much the focus is on fear, disease and death? What if we turned that around and thought of October as breast health month and shifted our thinking to health instead of disease?

And, believe it or not, breast health is deeply tied to your lymph system. Your lymph system removes all the toxins from your external and internal environments. As it turns out, your breasts have many lymphatic vessels moving through them that help them naturally detoxify.

But here's the thing. You have to get it moving. Vigorous arm exercises, like pumping your arms if you’re walking at a fast pace or jumping rope, can help the lymph system start to move. That should be part of every person’s daily exercise routine. Hint, men need to do it too since they can develop fattier breasts also.

Next, stay hydrated. It’s easier to keep your body internally clean if you are drinking plenty of water. An easy way to remember how much is a good amount to drink is to calculate about half your body weight in ounces. So if you weight 150 pounds, aim for 75 ounces of water daily. That’s it!

Finally, remember to take in antioxidants. Antioxidants are the components of different fruits and vegetables that neutralize free radicals. Cherries, berries, and colorful vegetables are high in antioxidants like anthocyanins and bioflavonoids that work to keep you healthy. You can eat them, drink them, or put them on your skin.... tart cherry mask, anyone?

There you have it. Your key to health is all in your hands. The basics are available to you every day. Now get those arms moving, keep your hydration up and stay with your favorite antioxidants. Here’s to your breast health!