Going through chemotherapy? What you eat during your treatment can be a major factor in how you feel. Fighting cancer is never easy, but when you eat right you may just feel that much more better about taking on the everyday battle that comes with facing cancer.
Here are some helpful tips for your cancer diet:
CUT OUT THE SUGAR
Sugar is one of cancer’s favorite foods. By eliminating sugar from your diet, you can boost your body’s immune systems.
Many studies show lowering sugar intake is paramount to the health of cancer patients. Glucose has been shown to assist in the growth and metastasis of cancer cells. Initially, elimination of sugar in the diet leaves the patient feeling more deprived by the lack of taste in ordinary foods. Our society is littered with over-processed, high carbohydrate foods. Taste buds have become familiar with overly sweetened foods.
MIRACLE FRUIT MIGHT HELP YOUR TASTEBUDS
Have you heard of Miracle Fruit? Otherwise known as Synsepalum dulcificum, it is native to West Africa and has been known to Westerners since the 18th century. The cause of the reaction is a protein called miraculin, which binds with the taste buds and acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids.
Dr. Cusnir, from the Mt. Sinai Medical Center has been studying the effects of Miracle Fruit on cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Many Chemotherapy patients experience an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. This decreases their desire to eat, thus aggravating their ability to maintain proper weight levels. In his initial study, he discovered that in many cases, Miracle Fruit offset the metallic taste, resulting in food tasting more palatable and eating more appealing.
EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL HUNGRY, PROPER NUTRITION IS IMPORTANT
Sometimes when feeling sick or lacking an appetite during cancer treatment, it may seem like not eating is a good option. But this could lead to weight-loss, which is a major concern for cancer patients undergoing chemo. Resetting your tastebuds or finding ways to introduce healthy foods can be a game changer to feeling better. The ability to enhance the appeal of natural food is a plus for the health and survivability of cancer patients.
TRY MORE FRUITS, VEGGIES, OR NUTS
During cancer, healthy natural foods are your friend. Consuming more natural fruits, nuts and vegetables can improve the health of cancer patients. Eating more of these superfoods can benefit anyone in a quest to feel better everyday, but especially when facing cancer.