If you’re taking chemotherapy to fight cancer and you’re suffering from
- Loss of appetite
- Post chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy
- Dry mouth
You can help yourself heal without resorting to even more medication.
By giving your body the nutrients and vitamins that it needs for repair and recovery.
If you’re suffering from loss of appetite, telling you to eat may sound crazy but you have options. You can eat a healthy diet, with foods that are appetizing, and give yourself a head start on healing.
Nutrition and Cancer
Chemotherapy wreaks havoc on your immune system. You need to give yourself every ounce of immune support possible. A diet of whole foods that are easy on your sensitive digestive tract is your best option.
Get plenty of anti-oxidants and protein. Your chemotherapy nutrition plan must include foods rich in vitamins, especially vitamins C, D and E and nutrients like soy isoflavones, amino acids, folic acid, l-glutamine, calcium and carotenoids. Make sure you stay well hydrated (especially if you are nauseated) and forget about counting calories. Eat every calorie you can get your hands on – this is not time to worry about weight issues.
If you’re having problems with digesting food, invest in a good juicer. A juicer will make it easy for your digestive system to break down the food you take in and still get the nutrition your body desperately needs to build itself back up.
The Best Foods For The Chemotherapy Patient
To make it easy for you to remember which foods you need, here is a simple cheat sheet of foods that will ensure that your body is being well nourished while undergoing chemotherapy:
- Red cabbage
- Kiwi fruit
- Red and Green Bell Peppers
- Strawberries and tangerines
- Salmon and tuna
- Nuts, including almonds and peanuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Greens, especially collard greens and spinach
- Sweet potatoes
- Acorn squash
- Soy milk – might be easier to digest than regular milk because it’s lactose-free
- Dried beans
- Brussels sprouts
- Garbanzo beans
Talk to your local NeuropathyDR™ clinician or other medical professional about diet planning to make sure that you’re getting everything from your food that you need to rebuild your immune system.
The Beauty of Herbs and Spices
Adding herbs and spices to your food will not only make them taste better (which is vital if you have no appetite), many herbs and spices have medicinal properties. Some really good options are:
- Ginger (natural anti-inflammatory properties)
- Garlic (natural anti-biotic properties)
- Mint (great for fighting nausea as well)
Again, talk to your NeuropathyDR™ treatment specialist about cancer recovery nutrition and diet planning. Sit down and formulate what you need to eat and gather recipe ideas that sound appealing to you. By working with your medical professionals and doing what you can on your own to rebuild your immune system, you will have a much better chance of recovery, both from your cancer and your chemotherapy treatment. By giving your body what it needs, you can also give yourself a better chance of fewer long term effects from post chemotherapy neuropathy.
Have this article handy for your next doctor appointment and take it with you when you go to the grocery store. It’s a great reference for planning your weekly diet and making sure you’re eating the right foods for chemotherapy recovery.
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