Fighting Cancer with the Right Diet
A balanced diet is an important part of cancer treatment. Eating healthy and nutrition-packed food before, during and after cancer treatment helps the patients to stay strong and energetic. It's not an easy task for them because cancer medications can cause side-effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, altered taste and painful oral ulcers. A well balanced and nutritious diet helps the patient maintain healthy body weight and also helps to minimise the side-effects of the treatment.
Studies show that eating a low-acid, high-alkaline diet can help to fight cancer. It has been noted in a laboratory setting that cancer cells grow in acidic and shrink in alkaline medium. Thus, including alkaline foods in the diet creates an environment in the body that helps to slow down the rate of cancer growth.
A good diet for cancer patients includes fresh fruits, vegetables, foods containing carbohydrates, minerals, fat, vitamins, etc. The recommended method of cooking is steaming and boiling. It is very important that cancer patient drink plenty of fluids and keep themselves well hydrated.
Food that cancer patients should eat and avoid:
Food to include in your diet
We advise our patients to include the following food items in their diet, as they have been proven to help in recovery.
Food to avoid during the cancer treatment
Try to eat healthy food even if there is loss of appetite because a person who eats well will be able to maintain good immunity, thereby can tolerate the side effects in a better way, fewer treatment breaks and hence there will be a good response for treatment. All this ultimately lead to a better quality of life and prognosis.
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