Today I have a guest post from The Mesothelioma Center written by Faith Franz. The nutrition tips for Mesothelioma patients are must dos for those with Mesothelioma, but also great knowledge for those just looking to boost immunity and decrease cancer risk!
Top 10 Nutrition Tips for Mesothelioma Patients
During mesothelioma treatment, your body needs as much support as possible. Proper nutrition is one
of the best ways you can give yourself an advantage. The right foods can give your body the energy it
needs to sustain recovery, the nutrients that are necessary to fight off the cancer and even a natural
way to manage side effects. After diagnosis, patients must discuss their initial prognosis with doctors.
This includes life span, which is based on certain influences, and eating healthy is a great way to instill
hope and improve their immune system with the proper diet. Ready to see where you can adapt your
diet? Our favorite nutrition tips for Mesothemlioma Patients are below.
1.) Consult with an oncology nutritionist. Before changing your diet, make an appointment with
a nutritionist who specializes in treating cancer patients. They will make sure you’re meeting
your unique nutritional needs. For the most comprehensive option, see if your mesothelioma
treatment center offers access to an integrative nutrition program.
2.) Incorporate as many anti-cancer foods into your diet as possible. Certain foods have proven
anti-cancer benefits. For instance, garlic may induce cancer cell death, berries can help the body
clear out cancer-promoting toxins, and mushrooms can boost your immune system. Whenever
possible, swap out nutritionally empty foods for cancer-fighting powerhouses. One simple
substitution? Ditch your soda for a cup for green tea.
3.) Consider a plant-based diet. Vegan and vegetarian diets are associated with lower cancer rates.
Why? Fruits, vegetables and grains have extremely high antioxidant concentrations, while some
animal products contain cancer-promoting substances. (Nitrate-laden hot dog, anyone?) Even if
a vegetarian diet isn’t right for you, you can still base your meals on produce and whole grains,
while sparingly using animal protein as a side.
4.) Explore juicing. If your appetite disappears, it may be hard to get nine servings of fruits and
vegetables every day. To work around this, many mesothelioma patients take up juicing. The
process extracts the essential nutrients but ditches the bulk.
5.) Try small, but frequent, meals. Another way to cope with appetite fluctuations is to eat small
portions every two to three hours. This supplies your body with a constant stream of energy
without giving you the stress of too-large-to-finish meals.
6.) On that same note, respect your hunger cues. If you’re hungry before mealtime, snack. If you
can’t force food down, step away from the table and try again later.
7.) Make mealtime as relaxing as possible. It’s easy to stress over getting the right quantity and
variety of foods, but there’s no sense making yourself anxious during mealtimes. Try to make
it a calming experience, complete with relaxing music, nice dinnerware and enticing food
8.) Be open to supplemental nutrition. While it’s preferable to get your nutrients from whole
foods, sometimes that isn’t possible. Mesothelioma causes many patients to lose weight despite
their best efforts to maintain it. In these cases, supplemental nutrition can help supply essential
calories and protein. Your nutritionist will help you decide if (or when) it’s necessary.
9.) Plan ahead. Many mesothelioma patients have times when their energy is so low it’s hard to
walk around the house – much less get groceries or cook. Instead of turning to convenience
foods or take-out, prepare extra batches of healthy meals when you do have the energy, then
freeze them for later.
Tip: soups freeze especially well. Try a vegetable + bean + barley combo!
10.) Manage your side effects through your diet. Most side effects of mesothelioma surgery,
chemotherapy and radiation treatments can be managed through dietary changes. Nauseated?
Sip on mint tea, and avoid spicy or fatty foods. Constipated? Add extra sources of fiber, like leafy
greens and grains, along with lots of water. For diarrhea, do the opposite to reduce your fiber
Author bio: Faith Franz has spent nearly two years researching and writing for The Mesothelioma Center.
As an advocate for alternative medicine, she encourages patients to explore all of the treatment options that could potentially save their life.
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