Recently Jillian emailed me about an article she had written on nutritional guidelines when living with Cancer. I was more then happy to post it. Here is it and thanks again to Jillian for the wonderful contribution.
Following Nutrition Guidelines When Living With Cancer
Nutrition is an important part of anyone’s life. However, if you’re living with cancer, eating healthy is of the utmost importance. Starting a balanced diet the moment you are diagnosed with cancer is the best thing that can be done. This will help while going through treatments and even while in remission.
Your doctor or dietician will be able to discuss with you some of the nutrition goals you should be following. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or any other cancer, you want to eat the right foods in order to maintain your strength and energy. This is one of the benefits to making sure that you are getting all of the nutrients you need each and every day.
When going through treatments, a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and fat will help you to maintain your weight. This will ensure that your body is storing the nutrients it needs to handle the changes happening in your body. If your weight is fluctuating, it can be harder to tolerate treatments.
Research has proven that those who are focusing on good nutrition have fewer side effects from treatments. Depending on the type of cancer you have been diagnosed with and the treatments you are undergoing, there will be side effects. By following a doctor’s orders on what to eat, you will be able to handle treatments more effectively than if you weren’t eating healthy.
While eating healthy isn’t a cure for cancer, it can help lower your risk of infection. Eating protein will help your immune system and also allow your body to repair damaged tissue. Those with cancer need more protein than the average person. It can be found through lean poultry and red meat, fish, eggs, beans, soy products and even nuts.
Cancer can take its toll on your body. To ensure you are able to get through each and every day, a regular supply of energy is needed. Eating the right fats and oils can provide your body with a rich source of energy. The fats will be used to store energy, which will allow you to use them when you need them the most. Carbohydrates can also provide you with the energy you need, as long as they’re being eaten in the right forms.
The UK Markey Cancer Center offers a wide range of resources. You can learn about some of the nutritional benefits after you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. You can find various menus, recipes and other eating tips to ensure you are getting your required daily intake of vitamins and minerals.
Focus on nutrition. Protein, fat, carbohydrates, water – they all play a vital role in your life when you have cancer. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are eating in a healthy manner.
Here is a link to Jillian’s Blog http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/jillian/