Food and cancer. Let food be your medicine!

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Let food be your medicine!

Does this seem far-fetched? Food is indeed another weapon to help fight the cancer, but where should you start and how? And if modifying your diet seems to be an impossible hurdle, we can help.

Your diet, what you eat and drink, plays a fundamental role in your health at many levels:

  • your physical wellbeing, energy levels, ability to be active and exercise, your weight
  • your mental health, mood, sleep
  • the functioning of your immune system, which is the body’s cancer-fighting machine
  • the functioning of the microbiome. The microbes that inhabit our gut are known as the microbiome and a “happy” microbiome is now known to be key player in our health. What you eat and drink profoundly affects the gut microbiome.

In fact, all these aspects of how our diet affects our health are intertwined in a complex, coordinated dance, involving the brain, gut, immune cells, hormones and other chemical messengers. So, getting the diet right is important for health, and even more important when you are dealing with cancer.

The cancer diet.
There is no one diet that is the “right” diet. You may have heard of many types of dietary regimens suggested for good health, or specifically for weight loss, or even for people with cancer. However, to think there is a specific “cancer diet” for everyone with cancer would be a gross simplification and is simply not true. There are, however, some general rules to help you find the best dietary regimen for you. As making changes in our lives is challenging, It is important to remember that taking small steps, baby steps, but changes that you can maintain consistently offers you the best chance of success. Then you can build on this and take the next step. Always, the power of the ordinary – your new diet needs to simply be what you do every day.

General principles to follow for an optimal diet:

    1. Plant-based. Make the whole spectrum of plant-derived foods the core of what is in your food shopping – vegetables, fruits (but not too much), grains, pulses, seeds, nuts. Variety Is key.
    2. Fibre. A high fibre intake will keep your gut regular and keep the microbiome happy. If you are doing (1), you are probably okay with the fibre.
    3. Eat wholefoods – food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances.
    4. Plant-based does not mean no animal protein. However, as far as is possible for you, source the best quality meat and fish – ideally, it should be minimally processed and free from hormones and antibiotics.
    5. Keep well-hydrated. Make drinking water a habit – although the exact amount will vary enormously for different individuals, as a rule of thumb, drink a minimum of 1.5 litres (2.5 pints).
    6. Avoid/minimise refined sugar, low calorie sugar substitutes, soft drinks, cakes, biscuits etc We live in a world where we are (nearly) all sugar-addicted. There is balance between a treat (because it make us happy) versus eating sugary items on a daily, habitual basis. So, the occasional treat is fine – enjoy it, but please make it occasional!

 

If you would like to know more and/or would like support to help you with finding a diet that works for, contact us at www.wellnessscript.com or on Instagram at the_wellness_script.

Enjoy your meal. Bonne appetit!

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