Jillian McKee is a writer for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog. A cancer patient herself, she shares her experience and knowledge of how eating healthy can help cancer patients deal with the complexities of treatment. To learn more about Jillian please visit this website.
Fighting Cancer With a Healthy Diet
By Jillian McKee
A well-balanced diet is one that is low in saturated fat, sodium and sugar. This diet is also rich in whole-grains and plant-based foods. Eating healthy is one of the most important things that cancer patients can do to cope with this illness. There are numerous benefits that can come from eating a healthy diet. Below are some of those benefits:
Increased energy level
Fatigue is one of the most common mesothelioma treatment side effects. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can help patients fight fatigue. Blueberries, oranges and spinach are examples of foods that have been shown to increase energy and alertness.
Can help treat the cancer
Diet alone cannot treat cancer, but it can aid in helping the body fight this condition. The antioxidants in plant-based foods have been shown to reduce the number of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are the molecules that can cause cancer to develop. Additionally, antioxidants can also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system is needed to fight cancer.
Can help control your weight
Cancer patients also need to make sure that they maintain a healthy body weight. Excess body weight has been shown to increase the incidence of cancer recurrence. Eating healthy foods is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy body weight. Fiber is a nutrient that has been shown to help control weight. Plant-based foods are rich in fiber.
Can reduce the risk of developing other illness
Studies have shown that people who have cancer are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes. Cancer has a tendency to weaken the immune system, which is why some patients end up developing other illnesses. A healthy diet not only fights cancer, but it also fights heart disease, diabetes and numerous other illnesses.
Again, eating a well-balanced diet is one of the most important things that cancer patients can do. A healthy diet can help the body fight cancer and increase a person’s energy level. Healthy foods can also help patients maintain a healthy body weight and reduce the risk of developing other health conditions.