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Food for thought

Like exercise, nutrition helps prevent growth, decreases risk of re-occurrence, and improves daily well-being. Consuming the right kinds of foods before, during, and after treatment also enhances the benefits of exercise.

Nutrition necessities.

Avoid alcohol: Its damaging physically and has depressive properties. If you drink; take at least 3 days off a week.

Drink lots of water: Think drink then eat! Quench your thirst first; water is a hunger suppressant.

Contain colour: Eat lots of fresh veg and fruit so you get nourished with natural minerals and vitamins.

Take a mindful moment: Do you really need it / Is it healthy for you? A short thought helps keep a lid on the unnecessary and unwanted!

Compensate calories: Eat less on days you do less. Use exercise to create a leeway for consumption.

Shopping list.

Foods specific to beating cancer: Included are what they contain and how it helps. Try to get some of these into your weekly shops.

Avocado: Contains Glutathione; a powerful antioxidant.

Broccoli: Sulforaphane can de-activate free radicals and carcinogens.

Carrots: Falcarinol can reduce risk of cancer.

Chilli peppers: Capsaicin helps neutralise cancer causing substances.

Cruciferous Vegetables (kale/sprouts/cabbage/cauliflower): All powerful antioxidants.

Garlic: Allium compounds increase the activity of immune cells.

Grapefruit: Monoterpenes help sweep carcinogens out of the body.

Red grapes: Resveratol inhibits enzymes that stimulate cancer cell growth.

Nuts: Quercitin and Campferol are antioxidants that can suppress growth of cancer.

Sweet potatoes: Beta-carotene protects DNA in cells.

Tomatoes: Lycopene – a powerful antioxidant

Pulses and grains (lentils/chickpeas/quinoa): A great source of protein without animal fat.

Red peppers: Very high in vitamin C to neutralise toxins.

Pumpkin seeds: High levels of Vitamin E – inhibits cell growth and improves immune cells.

Sunflower seeds: High in Zinc and Selenium – helps absorption of vitamin C.

Useful nutrition links

Nutrition information specific to side effects and stages of treatment

FAQ’s on nutrition by American Cancer Society

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