Cancer and Diet Nutritional therapy

Cancer and Diet

Cancer and Diet? Cancer and diet should go hand in hand to activate the immune system and deal with the associated complications of cancer such as loss of appetite, taste change, gastrointestinal disorders, pain, highs and lows, etc.

Everyone has cancer cells in the body. These cells are not seen in regular check-ups until they have multiplied to a few billion. Cancer cells appear 6-10 times in people’s lives. When a person’s immune system is strong, the cancer cells will be destroyed and the multiplication and formation of tumors will be prevented.

However, when a person develops cancer, increases the risk of nutritional deficiency, aggravated by different genetic, environmental, or their way of life.

One in 8 women will have breast cancer throughout their lives. According to the AICR, American Institute of Cancer Research, 33% of these cases could be prevented with good nutrition and breastfeeding. There is consensus that 70% of cases could be prevented with a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables in season, physical exercise, good stress management and avoiding toxic habits such as excess salt, alcohol or tobacco.

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The change of diet is very important to restore defenses and deal with therapies (chemo, radio or surgery) that generate great toxicity in an already weakened organism.

It has been shown that cancer cells proliferate in an acidic and anaerobic environment, so nutritional therapy is based on:

(1) avoid those foods that generate acidity (vinegar, excess of lemon, very acid or very ripe fruit, coffee, tea, soft drinks …).

(2) rectify the pH in acute cases, taking 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate in water twice a week. A preventive way would come with taking at breakfast, every day; a glass of water with a few drops of lemon (although it is a weak, diluted organic acid generates a citrate buffer that alkalizes the internal pH).

(3) stimulate cellular oxygenation by exercising daily in  the open air and deep breathing. They are very helpful, because cancer cells cannot live in an oxygenated environment.

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Cancer and recommended diet

It is important to eat slowly and chew each bite, at least 6 times to extract all the nutritional potential of the food.

You must base your diet for cancer on the consumption of fish, chicken, soy milk, nuts and abundant vegetables, prepared steamed or raw to maintain their enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

Make 5 or 6 meals every day, following the rule of the plate in your lunches and dinners.

Cancer and DietThe use of Aloe Vera juice will protect the mucous membranes and provides minerals such as calcium, sodium, iron, potassium, magnesium, chromium, zinc, manganese and copper and also, Vitamin A, B and C and folic acid, in addition to traces of vitamin B12 . This makes it a true antioxidant cocktail.

Cancer has a strong inflammatory component that is often accompanied by insulin resistance. For this reason, omega-3 supplementation is beneficial for cancer patients due to the reduction of inflammation, the improvement of insulin resistance and reversion of cachexia. It also modulates carcinogenesis so it can be considered preventive of tumor formation and metastasis [1]. The omega-3 is a super-supplement, the required dose in these cases, slows cell proliferation, and stimulates metabolism and immune system. In addition, it also has a certain mood-balancing effect.

Cancer is also a disease of the mind, body and spirit. A more active and positive attitude will help fight the disease. Rage, incomprehension, non-forgiveness puts the body in a situation of stress and in an acidic environment, which as we have seen favors the chronification of the disease. A kind, grateful and loving spirit with a positive attitude is very beneficial, as well as trying to relax and enjoy life.

In your cancer and diet plan you should avoid foods that trigger inflammation. The maximum exponent is the hidden sugar of the food. In the following infographic you can see the amount of sugar from highly consumed foods.

Cancer and DietBeware of hidden sugar, learn to read labels well.

Minimizes sugar, pastries, soft drinks, very sweet breakfast cereals, very ripe fruit that destabilize insulin levels. Always better whole grains and cook “al dente” pasta or rice.

Do not abuse red meats, refined grains or refined oils, as they activate the production of omega-6, which accelerates inflammatory processes.

In addition, the excess of meat products such as sausages, hamburgers, cold meats, minced meat, favors new carcinogenic processes so that as you see, cancer and diet are closely related. The IARC classified red meat – beef, lamb, ox, goat, horse and pork – as a “probable” carcinogen on its group 2A list.

Dietary treatment complications cancer

If after treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or even after surgery , other symptoms appear , such as anorexia, dehydration, progressive wasting, loss of muscle mass, weakness, lowering of defenses, dry mouth syndrome (xerostomia), decreased sense of taste (hypogeusia) or the perversion of the flavors (dysgeusia), dysphagia, odynophagia, malabsorption, fistulas, intestinal obstruction, digestive ulcers, digestive hemorrhage, olfactory alterations, dysgeusia, xerostomia, loss of teeth, mucositis, diarrhea , constipation , fistulas , stenosis, obstruction, malabsorption, nausea, vomiting, stomatitis …. get in touch with our Online Nutritionists to adapt your diet:

Modify the texture and consistency of the food if necessary.

  • Enrich your dishes with olive oil, chopped egg, cream, mayonnaise, etc.
  • Take into account your food preferences and aversions.
  • Take tempered foods or at room temperature.
  • Avoid flatulent foods, very spicy, with intense smells or red meats.
  • Eat in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
  • The use of energy-protein nutritional supplements is often useful.
  • Divide the meals into 6-8 takes / day.

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Hasibul Hasan Jini

Hasibul Hasan is a qualified journalist. He writes on varied topics and carried out extensive research on various topics on his blog

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