If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, no one has to tell you how devastating that diagnosis can be…
Your life literally changes overnight…
You’re faced with the reality of treatment and that usually means
∙ Experimental treatments including possible hormone therapy
And all the side effects that come with each of those cancer treatment options.
If you’re a cancer or post chemotherapy patient and you suffer from
∙ Loss of appetite
∙ Post chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy, including nerve pain and/or balance and gait issues
∙ Dry mouth
You may be missing a very important piece of the cancer recovery puzzle…
Nutritional support for cancer treatment and recovery.
Trying to recover from cancer without giving your body what it needs to build itself back up is like trying to rebuild a house after a tornado without 2×4’s and nails.
If your body doesn’t have the essential materials it needs to heal, no medical treatment has any hope of succeeding.
Granted, food may not sound appealing right now. Talk to your medical team to put together a cancer recovery diet plan that will make food taste good and give you the nutrients you need to heal.
Here are some things to think about when designing a cancer recovery nutrition program:
Basic Cancer Nutrition Tips
If you’ve undergone chemotherapy or you’re preparing to, you need to support your immune system. Your best option for doing that is a diet rich in whole foods that are easy on the digestive system. Make sure your cancer recovery diet includes foods that are high in anti-oxidants and protein. Your diet plan should include foods rich in vitamins, especially vitamins C, D and E and nutrients like soy isoflavones, amino acids, folic acid, l-glutamine, calcium and carotenoids. Drink as much water as possible and don’t worry about keeping your calorie count low. This is the time to take in all the calories you need.
Chemotherapy and radiation may affect your ability to digest foods so invest in a good food processor and/or juicer. Both of these tools will allow you to prepare foods that are easy to ingest and digest while still getting the nutrition you need.
Try These Foods To Rebuild Your Body
It’s easy to say “eat foods that are high in vitamins” but you may not know exactly which foods you need. Here are some suggestions for foods to aid in your Nutritional support for cancer treatment and recovery and chemotherapy symptoms:
∙ Red cabbage
∙ Kiwi fruit
∙ Red and Green Bell Peppers
∙ Salmon and tuna
∙ Nuts, including almonds and peanuts
∙ Greens, especially collard greens and spinach
∙ Sweet potatoes
∙ Soy milk – this could also be helpful if you need to go lactose-free
∙ Dried beans
∙ Brussels sprouts
∙ Garbanzo beans
These are just a few examples. Talk to your local NeuropathyDR™ clinician for a specially prepared diet plan that incorporates all the foods you need to rebuild your immune system.
Use Herbs and Spices to Give Your Food More Flavor
Herbs and spices are a natural way to flavor your food without adding man-made chemicals. And many herbs have natural medicinal properties of their own. Try some of these to make your food taste better:
∙ Ginger (natural anti-inflammatory properties, too)
∙ Mint (great for fighting nausea as well)
We hope this gives you the basic knowledge you need to talk with your health care team, including your local NeuropathyDR treatment specialist about cancer recovery nutrition and your pre and post chemotherapy diet. Working with your medical team to design a cancer recovery diet plan that works for you will ensure that you’re not neglecting the missing piece of the cancer recovery puzzle – good nutrition.
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