Diet is the way to beat the big C (Cancer)

Saturday, September 29th, 2012 | In Health | Tags: , ,

Diet is the way to beat the big C
~ Diet is the way to beat the big C ~

Cancer patients should build up the body’s Immunity system in order to combat the disease effectively. When someone gets a diagnosis of cancer, radiation therapy or chemotherapy usually follows. But there is another measure that cancer patients should not underestimate, which is the proper diet.

According to Martin Strauch, a Munich-based internist and gastroenterologist, when it comes to cancer, in particular, it is very important that the body remains strong and fit and two factors tended to weaken the body of cancer patients overtime. The spreading cancer weakens the body’s defenses and the therapy too, is debilitating.

It is, therefore, important to keep the body fit by eating properly. This is easier said than done, however, because people battling cancer often have no appetite or suffers from nausea. They should, nevertheless, try to eat sufficiently.

Otherwise, cancer patients can become susceptible to infections or not tolerate the chemotherapy well. Martin Strauch advises patients to eat and drink what they want. No matter what the food, it supplies the body with energy and at the same time promotes general well-being and retention of the quality of life.

A “high-calorie, balanced diet”, which is the high calorie aimed at keeping the body from losing too much weight during therapy and balanced means a sufficient intake of vitamins and trace elements and not drinking too much alcohol. Beyond that, there are rudimentary diets specifically for cancer patients, although they cannot cure cancer with food, they can, however, outwit the cancer cells, as it were.

Note that cancer cells altered the body’s metabolism and used mainly sugar for their own energy needs. By contrast, they use fat only to a slight degree. Eat much fat as possible and little sugar, the cancer cells will then have trouble getting the energy they need for their growth. In addition, more protein is required for metabolism than in a healthy person.

Cancer cells cannot be starved to death in this way, but the body’ strength can be stabilized or improved. It was important to ingest the right kind of fat, such as that in fish, linseed oil, butter and cream.

Sweets and food containing bleached flour should be largely avoided. Following these guidelines will help the body retain muscle mass and weight longer. Many cancer patients often do not feel like eating, though, because their sense of smell and taste can change, whether due to the chemotherapy, the radiation therapy or the tumor itself. Martin Strauch said cancer patients, whose symptoms include diarrhea or vomiting, should drink a lot to replace lost fluids and salts.

Patients unable to tolerate a particular food could try it in a different form. If fresh fruit does not go down well, for instance, stewed fruit or fruit smoothies might be better. And if raw salads and vegetables cause diarrhoea, steamed or sauteed vegetables are perhaps easier to stomach.

Source Credit: dpa.


 



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