Saturday, August 04, 2012

Living the Fullest Through Sickness--

 --by Jillian McKee

Peggy Greb, USDA
When one enters the early stages of cancer, it not only strikes the patient's mental state and psyche, but also that of their friends and family. While the pain of cancer can only be felt through the patient itself, others still experience other types of pain. However, you can help battle cancer and improve one’s quality of life through a healthy and nutritious diet. It is important to know what is good and bad to eat while going through cancer and chemotherapy treatments.

Healthy foods will not worsen the side effects of cancer. If one were in contact with asbestos, one would not worsen theirmesothelioma side effects when getting the right nutrition. This is the same for any other form of cancer as well.

Maintaining your energy and strength during chemotherapy is key. This can be done with easy to eat foods that include protein, dairy products, and also various beans, soy and nuts. All of these foods are easy to eat and digest for the cancer patient who may be going through strenuous chemotherapy treatments.
Probably one of the most important things while battling cancer is to avoid weight loss. Substantial weight loss is a very common and very serious problem for cancer patients. When going through chemotherapy, the body will automatically fight the stress induced by these treatments by increasing the body's metabolism. It is important that you eat enough food that is packed with calories and enriched with protein.  A combination of proteins, fatty foods, and others will help stop dangerous weight loss.

Eating healthy while going through cancer also includes staying hydrated. It is said that most of the nausea that is felt by cancer patients going through therapy is likely due to lack of hydration. Most people who need to stay hydrated drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. Hydration is key to helping your kidneys, as some medication can be tough on your kidneys.

Image credit: Peggy Greb, USDA here

About the Author--
Bringing a wealth of personal and professional experience to the organization, Jillian McKee has worked as the Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance since June of 2009. Jillian spends most her time on outreach efforts and spreading information about the integration of complementary and alternative medicine when used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment. ~~
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Blogger tahera said...

Life after cancer treatment could be really painful. Thank you for sharing this post.

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