Nutrition In Cancer Treatment...
Eating Right To Defeat Cancer
Nutrition in cancer treatment is very important because as a cancer patient you may find it difficult to eat right during treatment, and your dietary intake can literally become a matter of life and death...
As you can imagine, surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are the most common treatments designed to stop the spread of cancer by killing and or removing cancerous cells. Unfortunately, in the process of radiation therapy and chemotherapy, many of the body’s healthy cells are also damaged or destroyed.
That's why nutrition in cancer treatment is taken seriously for your survival during these treatments with heavy side effects.
Meanwhile, during these treatments your body is working unusually hard -- fighting the cancer cells, and attending to the damages to your healthy cells caused by the therapy. Your body defense works
the hardest to repair and replace already damaged cells. As you can see, the strains of these combined repairs and tasks are enormous, thereby encouraging your body to demand for a proportionally high amount of nutrients just to maintain its standard body functions.
That's why you need the best nutrition in cancer treatment in order to withstand the demand placed on your defense system...
Side Effects Of Treatment Make You Lose Appetite
Meanwhile, the side effects of these treatments such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, blistered mouth or throat tissues, dry mouth, changes in taste, and fatigue make proper nutrient intake difficult if not entirely impossible. It means your survival can be dependent on how you take care of your body during treatment. Most especially at this point, nutritional supplements may add immense value to your nutrition for cancer treatment.
What Are The Cancer-Fighting Foods Or Nutrients?
The answer is a plant-based diet with nutrients and antioxidants that can prevent and reverse the development of cancer cells. This was attributed to massive study on cancer death rate and other diseases conducted in China by Dr. T. Colin Campbell -- a professor Emeritus of Cornell University.
The study was conducted in over 2400 counties in China, and when Dr Campbell compared his statistical results with that of the United States, it showed that the prevalence of cancer was higher in the US than in China.
Because, the diet in China was less in animal fat and protein, and very high in fiber. In other words, the Chinese diet was predominantly plant-based foods...
Another report in the October 1996 issue of the Journal of American Dietetic Association, looked at the relationship between vegetables and fruits consumption and the risk of cancer in 206 human studies and 22 animal studies. It concluded that people and animal that were placed on vegetables and fruits consumption had lower risks of various types of cancer.
It shows that your nutrition in cancer treatment must contain much of vegetables and fruits.
Examples of some of these cancer-fighting foods include:
- Fruits and vegetables are top of the anti-cancer foods. These are good sources of vitamins A, C,E, selenium and ß-carotene. ß-carotene as
the vitamin A precursor, in the existence of other synergistic vitamins
such as vitamins C and E, is able to reduce cancer risk.
are found in large amounts in carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe
melons and apricots. Blueberry contains a strong antioxidant -- anthocyanin pigment
(VMA) has been approved as an ideal anti-cancer fruit.
- Garlic, used liberally, may keep cancer away.
A National Cancer Institute (NCI) study carried out in
China in 1989 discovered that provinces where garlic was
used liberally in their cooking had the lowest rate of
stomach cancer. Garlic contains sulphur compounds that help
deal with toxins and free radicals.
- Soya beans have been associated with a lower risk of breast
cancer. In Japan and China, women who get most of their protein from
soya beans foods-tofu, soya beans themselves and soyamilk-have lower
rates of breast cancer.
- The bacterium lactobacillus acidophilus, found in many live
yoghurts, slows down the development of colon tumors.
- Sesame and sunflower seeds are rich in selenium, vitamin E,
calcium and zinc. Deep sea fish oil provides the best source of omega-3
fatty acids which fight inflammation and support brain and heart health.
- Increase fiber intake. Fiber plays a key role in keeping your
digestive system clean and healthy. It helps keep food moving through
your digestive tract and it also moves cancer causing compounds out
before they can create harm. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables,
and whole grains.
- And some traditional Chinese herbs such as Ganoderma, Ginseng and Cordyceps are immune boosters
that strengthen the body’s nonspecific immunity as well as restrict the growth of
So, Why Plant-Based Nutrition In Cancer Treatment?
Recent researches have proved that foods rich in plants are cancer fighting powerhouse... and such facts are not far for the following reasons:
- High in antioxidants:
Plant based foods are high in antioxidants that help to protect you from cancer...
This is because consumption of fruits and vegetables contain a wide variety of
antioxidants that help to halt the menace of free radicals generated from oxidative stress conditions.
Good a thing, antioxidants counter the attack of carcinogens (cancer causing agents) on normal cells thereby protecting your cells from
what we call oxidative stress...
As you can see, a plant-based diet provides you with essential nutrients to boost your body’s immune system
and position it to fight the war of cancer and win. Let me reiterate it once again, that eating plant-based diet
will help you stop the damage and
reverse cancer. So, fruits and vegetables must be included in your nutrition in cancer treatment...and please, don't wwait
for cancer before including fruits and vegetables in your regimen of plant foods.
- Yes, Plants Have Lesser Fat:
For sure, plant nutrients are less in saturated fat. And observations have shown that high intake of saturated fat is
linked to higher rates of cancer. Outside that, cancer thrives in acidic environment, so avoid lots of animal protein
such as milk, dairy products, meat etc because they make your body tissue environment acidic , and breed the development of cancer
- Higher Fiber Content:
Fruits , vegetables and whole grains are the storehouse of fiber.
As you know, fiber helps to keep your digestive system healthy by causing a free flow of food through your
digestive tract, thereby flushing out carcinogens before then can cause any damage.
The plus here, is that the flushing of these carcinogens prevents Bile acid secreted into your intestine
during the digestion of fat from binding into your system to cause cancer.
Yes, fiber binds and shields the bile acid from the attack by bacteria and expels them from your body.
Fiber also binds estrogen hormone that is secreted into the intestine and prevent it from being reabsorbed.
High level of estrogen is known to increase the risk of breast cancer.
Foods To Eat And Avoid Is Of Vital Importance In Your Nutrition In Cancer Treatment:
- Food To Avoid:
Please, strive to avoid the following foods:
- Dairy products
- Refined sugar
- Artificial colouring
- White flour...etc.
- Eat Plenty of Healthy Organic Foods:
- Fresh fruits, etc.
Like I said before, your nutrition in cancer treatment is very important and must be taken very seriously, however, even if you don't have cancer, and I don't pray you do, you'll do well to eat most of these cancer fighting foods to remain healthy and out of the reach of cancer.
Up to this point, I need to reiterate it again that your nutrition in cancer treatment ... is very crucial for your survival. So take it very seriously. Wish you luck and as you walk your way out of the reach of cancer...forever!
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