Having cancer is tough and to go through all the treatments either Chemotherapy or alternative medication makes it hard to recover and be healthy again. And at times, it’s not the physical that is challenging but the emotional. It’s important to know that going under chemotherapy causes damage in our body.
These tips are for people battling with cancer using either orthodox medicine (like surgery, radiation or chemo) or unorthodox treatment (natural).
As the saying goes “You are what you eat”, since the food we intake feeds us all the way to our cells. With cancer, you need to nourish the healthy cells and deny the cancer cells food. In other words, limit the consumption of glucose, red meat, but more into healthy ones like vegetables, fruits, spices and herbs that are rich in anti-cancer properties. Also add to the list are the berries, garlic, ginger (turmeric), leeks and cone-bearing seed plants.
Drink Healthy Juices and Smoothies
During the treatment, mouth sores and ingesting food easily are common side effects. Therefore, the fastest and most effective way to to get the necessary nutrients into the body is by making it liquid in the form of juice or smoothie (tastes even better!).
Stress has a lot of effects to our body. One of which is the decline of the immune system to fend off cancer cells (If you’re undergoing chemotherapy, the chemo drugs are doing its job to hold down your immune system). There are practical ways not to be stressed and one of those is to think positively.
Challenge Your Doctor
This is very important because you are entrusting your life to your Oncologist and it’s vital to know that you are always in their best interest when it comes to your treatment. It’s uncommon to challenge or question your doctor, however, it’s a must, even if they are the most decorated doctor there is or the doctor with the most experience and tenure, you know your body’s capacity than anyone else. Get an accomplished nutritionist that practice exclusively for cancer patients. It’s not bad either to seek for second, third or fourth opinion on your diagnosis.
Educating yourself through research is one of the best ways to learn about cancer. And you’ll find out that there are other ways to beat cancer aside from Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery.
Build Your Muscle by Exercise
It’s important to keep your muscles strong when you have cancer. But because of this, the nutrients are hindered to get to your muscles. One of the exercises is by Yoga. It not only nurtures your muscles but your mind too. Yoga has a lot of benefits for health. And there are recommended poses for cancer patients.
No Bad Vices
Cigarette smoking causes lung cancer because it has 4,000 chemicals and 69 of it are carcinogens. So when you smoke or breathing in cigarette smoke, you are feeding the cancer cells to reproduce and it’s not the best idea at all. How about Alcohol? It doesn’t do any good either for cancer patients. According to Cancer.org, there is a well-founded scientific association between alcohol consumption and multiple types of cancer.
Backing Up your Immune System
It is imperative for you to support your immune system by all means and boost its capabilities in finding the malignant cells.
In achieving this:
- Get 6-8 hours of sleep
- Don’t stress over things – it lowers your immune system
- Do healthy living
- Frequently or regulary eat foods which have anti-cancer abilities
Being Anxious is Fine
To be honest, cancer is alarming and it’s very frightening. Sometimes, you might feel like trapped inside a room with no door and no windows, and don’t have options. Watch the Truth about Cancer Series, you might feel empowered or even realized that there really are options.
Never Ever Lose Hope
Fighting cancer is a very arduous process, physically, emotionally and financially. Chemotherapy is not only your option, and if you just put your mind on getting better then you can beat cancer!
I hope these tips help you attain betterment throughout your journey to health.