Cancer recovery with nutrition and supplements

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Cancer recovery with nutrition and supplements

‘Gotten over the hump of treatment, now it’s time to continue forward and leave healthier by exercising and eating right.’

Nutrition plays a major role in healing the symptoms post-cancer treatment. There have been many side effects experienced by patients post-cancer treatment because of the heavy dosages of chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation. Side effects include weight changes, mucositis, fatigue, dry mouth, hair loss, constipation, diarrhea, skin problems, and low immunity. Definitely, nutrition is required during the treatment for medicines to be effective but it also plays a vital role post-treatment for recovery and above symptomatic relief.

  • Weight battle:

Nutrition comes into play when a patient undergoes cachexia (weight loss) or weight gain after treatment. Reduced food intake of less than1500 kcal or more than 10% weight loss or more with inflammation is a prognostic measure that is required to be supervised.

When there is inappropriate or less food intake, the body breaks down protein and utilizes fats as the source of energy which leads to gradual depletion in body storage and in turn causes weight loss. An appropriate plate and small frequent meals every 2 hours, will help to maintain muscle weight and body stores.
– Include good quality fats, complex carbohydrates, and adequate protein to meet up the required calories to nourish and speed up the recovery.

  • Strengthen the immunity:

Yes, you heard it right. After chemotherapy or radiation therapy along with the cancer cells, the surrounding healthy cells which fight the infections are also killed which makes the immune system weak.  Food helps to improve immunity by preventing further cell damage, increasing the healthy cells, and strengthens immunity.

Nutrition:
Antioxidants are weapons that fight against cellular damage by preventing stress on the cells. Foods rich in antioxidants are:
-Vitamin C rich foods – gooseberry (amla), orange, papaya, and guava
– Vitamin E rich food –Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and hazelnut

– Berries like cranberries, blueberries, goji berries protect the DNA damage.

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  • Overcoming fatigue:

You can walk and perform activities but face problems when you sit for a longer time to watch TV or read and become very tiring. Fatigue is frequently experienced because of hormonal changes, dehydration, anemia, heart trouble, difficulty in breathing, or lack of adequate nutrition.
So here are some nutrition tips that can be added along with your exercise to make it better:
-Drink plenty of water
-Eat more foods that have more water content like cucumber, watermelon, muskmelon, oranges,   cantaloupes, lettuce, strawberries
-Charge up with electrolytes by drinking lemonade, coconut water, or electrolyte powder.

  • Cure Mucositis:

Mucositis is a condition in which ulcers are developed in the mouth or stomach due to heavy dosages or immune suppressors which have such side effects. Roasted cumin seeds are helpful to alleviate the conditions. Many studies have concluded the therapeutic effects of aloe-vera as anti-ulcerative food.

  • Alopecia (hair loss) -Bald is the New confidence for a short period of time:

Stressed up because of the hair fall?
Let bald be your new confidence for a short period since the passing time will get your hair back. Alopecia is a symptom where there is hair fall because of the side effect and heat created during the treatment. Food items rich with biotin and zinc like pumpkin seeds, whole cooked eggs, legumes, and nuts will be helpful to have good regrowth of hair.

  • Fix your gut:

95% of serotonin is secreted by the gut. The gut plays a key role in good immunity. Increasing good gut bacteria by eating curd (homemade), kefir, yogurt, kombucha, or good bacteria enhancing food like ginger, garlic, fruits, and vegetables will improve mood, defensive capabilities, and better nutrient absorption.

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Nutrition plays a major role in healing the symptoms post-cancer treatment

  • Anticancer food: Eradicate the chances of recurrence

To prevent the recurrence of cancer, spices like cardamom, cayenne pepper, ginger, turmeric, rosemary have found to have anti-cancer properties.
Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and green leafy vegetables contain chlorophyll which has been scientifically proved to fight cancer. Broccoli has a component indole—carbinol that eradicates many types of cancer cells on contact.

Nutritional Supplements:

In cancer because of the stress and heavy medicinal dosage the energy requirement increases. Isolate forms of food as supplements are helpful to have a speedy recovery.

  • Coenzyme Q10- Coenzyme Q10 is a useful antioxidant that reduces cellular damage and helps in producing ATP (source of energy) which prevents heart tissue damage. It stabilizes membranes around organs and cells. In many cancer patients, coenzyme -Q10 in blood tests were at lower levels which shows that it is required in the conditions. Frequency and dosages should be taken under the prescription of a dietitian or doctor.

 

  • Vitamin D- Many studies and review papers conclude that a lower level of vitamin D increases the mortality rate of cancer patients. The research published in 2008 which involved 304 participants, all of whom had their vitamin D blood levels measured at least two years prior to their diagnosis and found that patients who had higher levels of vitamin D had lower mortality rate.
Nutrition plays a major role in healing the symptoms post-cancer treatment

Nutrition plays a major role in healing the symptoms post-cancer treatment

  • Omega-3- fatty acid: There have been studies concluding that omega 3 fatty acid act as an anti-inflammatory supplement and has helped to prevent weight loss.

 

  • Spirulina: It is a blue-green alga that has an anti-cancer effect. It is anti-proliferative and anti-oxidant thus it prevents recurrence of cancer and improves immunity by preventing cell damage.

 

  • B complex: Vitamins B1 (thiamin), B6 (biotin), and B12 (cobalamin) are useful for protection against immune dysfunctions produced by surgery in cancer patients.

The supplements given are not applicable to all types of cancer, so it is suggested to take the prescription from a clinical dietitian or physician.

Your Dietitian is your google: Each cancer patient has different symptoms and comorbidities, specific requirements of calories, and definitely a specific strategy for a healthier lifestyle. Thus have a personalized dietitian who guides you throughout the journey and encourages you to have dietary adherence.

Stay relaxed, maintain a healthy weight and reduce stress!

You can contact us at 9743430000 or visit quanutrition.com to Book An Appointment.

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