Thank you to Jillian McKee for contributing this information to the Boulder Nutrition Blog.  We all know how important food is to our day to day health and energy, and even in times of stress, dis-ease, and physical weakness we can nourish our bodies with wisdom and care.  Many people suffer through cancer, and with the upcoming Avon Walk for Breast Cancer later this month, it is a potent time to get informed, involved, and rile up our support for all of those lost, and all those who have survived and come out stronger for it.  Blessings to all of you, and may your quest to healthy living be supported always. Eating Well During Cancer

Healthy eating is critical to anyone who is battling cancer.  This is true regardless of which stage of treatment a patient is in.  People who have just been diagnosed with cancer need to get their body as healthy as possible in a short time in order to better be able to withstand the arduous treatments and the physical tolls they often take on the patients' bodies.  Patients who are currently undergoing treatment need to focus on healthy eating in order to maintain as near to normal levels of vitamins and minerals as possible.  Those who have finished their treatment regiment need to have excellent nutrition in order to regain their stamina and pre-cancer levels of vitality as soon as possible.  Below are some specific reasons for cancer patients to incorporate healthy dining into their anti-cancer routines.

To Maintain Energy Levels

Most cancer treatments including radiation and chemotherapy take a toll on a patient’s energy levels. According to the National Institute of Health, fatigue is a side effect of traditional cancer treatments. Exhaustion is common across multiple types of cancer and is one of many mesothelioma side effects.  Fortunately healthy eating can help to lessen the chance of severe fatigue resulting from many cancers and cancer treatments. Oranic dairy products including milk, cheese, and yogurt, and especially Whey protein, provide excellent sources of protein and are relatively well tolerated by patients who are experiencing cancer treatment related nausea. To Maintain Adequate Levels of Vitamins and Minerals

Cancer treatments, as well as the cancer itself, dramatically reduce the amount of vitamins and minerals that the body has to fight the disease. Cancer also prevents proper utilization of these nutrients.  Attempting to eat a wide variety of foods from all food groups greatly enhances the abilities of those struggling against cancer.  One should not forget that juices and natural popsicles are great alternative sources of vitamins and minerals and are easier to tolerate for patients who are struggling with nausea.

- Article By Jillian McKee                                                                                                                    you can visit her blog site designed to help other with cancer  here

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