Good Foods for Cancer Patients
By Sara Butler
When facing a serious illness such as cancer, meal planning may be the last thing on the mind of you and your loved ones. But it’s actually a huge part of your overall health and wellness going forward. In fact, you should consider proper nutrition a part of your treatment plan. That’s because eating well has mental, emotional, and physical benefits. The food you eat provides your body with energy to help you get through treatment and maybe even reduce side effects. Here are a few foods you may want to work into your cancer treatment plan!
Tomato Sauce or Paste
Tomatoes and tomato-based products are high in Vitamin C, but are also very helpful in helping cancer patients to deal with the bad taste in their mouths that treatments, such as chemotherapy, can often cause. The key here is to go for plain sauces without spice. They’re easier to eat and easier for patients to keep down. Though, tomato products should be avoided if you have mouth sores from treatment, since they may make that problem worse.
Tuna, sardines, and salmon are great sources of high-quality protein. They also help to fight fatigue. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish also help to keep muscles strong and Vitamin D helps to keep the bones healthy. Plus, the Vitamin B12 in fish helps to aid red blood cell production.
When appetite and energy are low, then nutrient-dense food is a must. It can help you take in calories to keep your body fueled without having to eat too much. That makes trail mix a perfect snack. It also happens to have key minerals, vitamins, and good fats to keep you going. A spoonful of your favorite nut butter is also a good choice if trail mix doesn’t sound good.
The Vitamin D, calcium and protein found in dairy products will help keep the bones healthy. They’ll also help promote healthy gut bacteria if you opt for kefir or yogurt. If you don’t like milk, calcium-fortified orange juice or almond milk can help, too.
Ginger can help to fight nausea, which is often a side effect of cancer treatment. Try adding grated fresh ginger to your tea or meals to help ease the stomach. Sipping on ginger tea or even ginger ale can also help.
One of the few things you have total control over in cancer treatment is your diet, so use it to help optimize your health and beat that cancer for good!
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