Thursday, August 30, 2012

6 Reasons Why the Right Nutrition is Important For Cancer Patients

If you have cancer, you know that the illness and the treatments you must undergo can affect your quality of life.  Not only will your energy levels decline throughout the treatment process, you may also have aversions to food you never had before you were diagnosed with the illness.  While good nutrition is important no matter what, it is especially important when you have cancer.  The way that your body uses the nutrients you eat will change and because of this you will need to feed your body the nutrients it needs to function.  There are many different benefits to nutrition when you are fighting cancer or even when you are in remission, whether breast cancer or a rare form, mesothelioma.  Understand the benefits and consider these tips so that you can improve your quality of life.

The Many Benefits of Good Nutrition For Cancer Patients

While there is no super food that can cure you of cancer, there are foods that will help you fight the illness.  When you eat the right amount of proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates, you can benefit in several different ways.  You will:

*  feel better
*  improve energy levels and strength
*  lower the risk of infection
*  recover faster
*  maintain your weight
*  increase your ability to tolerate the side effects of treatment

The Right Nutrition to Fight Cancer

You need to understand how each nutrient works in the body to understand how to create the right daily meal plan when you have cancer.  Proteins are needed to repair body tissues and will also help build your immune system.  Because cancer cells can outnumber your healthy cells, you need to consume plenty of protein.  Fish, eggs, and low-fat dairy products are all good sources for protein.

When you start to lose energy, you will need to consume fats to reclaim your energy.  When the body breaks down the fats, it will store some of these fats for energy later.  This is why it is so important to incorporate the right fats into your diet.  Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the most important.  These fats are found in peanuts, olive oil, seafood, and sunflower oil.

For proper organ function, you need to feed your body carbohydrates.  Carbs also gives your body the fuel it needs for physical activity and transports nutrients to your cells.  Make sure you eat whole grains and plenty of fiber so that waste moves out of the body quickly.  

As you can see, the right nutrition is very important.  Once you learn how to eat properly with cancer, you should continue to eat that way for the rest of your life even when you have won the battle.  Changing your eating habits can truly make life better and more enjoyable.  You will have more energy, a stronger immune system, and you will be able to recover from your injuries and illnesses faster.  Now that you know the obvious benefits of nutrition, construct your meal plans and feel the difference almost immediately.

By:  Jillian Mckee of The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
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