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8 Nutritional Tips During and After Cancer Treatment

November 20, 2017

8 Nutritional Tips During and After Cancer Treatment

 

1. Alcohol

Studies linked alcohol intake and risk of getting several types of cancers such as mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus cancer, along with liver and breast cancer. Alcohol intake increases levels of estrogen are found in breast cancer patients and may be worse in women who are overweight.

2. Antioxidants

Antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, and plant-based chemicals called phytochemicals help prevent cell damage and help lower risk for cancer or second cancers in some survivors.

3. Fat

Fat intake and survival after breast cancer suggest that a low-fat diet may lower the risk of the cancer returning. Fats such as monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and other polyunsaturated fats may help reduce the risk for cancer.

4. Fiber

There are two types of fiber: Soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber helps lower risk of getting heart disease by reducing cholesterol levels in the blood and improved bowel function. Eating foods with a high source of fiber may help reduce cancer risk. Foods such as beans, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts are high in nutrients.

5. Meats

Studies shown that consuming large amount of red meat and processed meats can increase risk of cancer such as stomach, prostate, and colorectal cancers. It is recommended to limit the intake of processed foods and red meat.

6. Obesity

Being overweight has been linked with higher death rates for all cancers combined, it is also a high risk for cancer survivors for second cancer. People with cancer who are overweight are encouraged to eat healthy and stay at a healthy weight.

7. Organic Foods

Foods grown without chemicals such as pesticides and genetic modifications are suggested better than non-organic foods. It’s thought that organic foods are better than non-organic because they reduce exposure to certain chemicals.

8. Vegetables and Fruits

Consuming more fruits and vegetables has been linked to a lower risk of cancer such as lung, oral, esophagus, stomach, and colon cancers. These are the best source of vitamins and minerals.

 

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Just as cancer is not a one-size-fits-all condition that stays contained, treatment must be highly individualized and focused on healing the whole body rather than just the cancer cells. Therapy should strive to eliminate the various causes of cancer and directly target tumors, especially in cases of cancer in the late stages. Standard cancer therapy approaches vary greatly depending on the cancer type, cause and stage of progression.

Holistic and alternative cancer therapies are even more individualized and personalized in that these approaches are geared to the patient’s overall health in addition to treating the disease at its source. Whenever possible, alternative treatment approaches attempt to focus on eliminating significant underlying causes of cancer.

Natural cancer treatments also enhance the body’s own healing process. While all therapies strive to strengthen the immune system in a way that helps the body in the daily battle to fight the formation of new cancer cells, natural cancer treatments optimize the immune system to help the body win this battle.

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