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Nutrition After Treatment Ends

Cancer treatments are often extremely painful and have the most tiresome side effects. Eating related side effects include change in taste or smell, significant weight loss, dry mouth, thick saliva or phlegm, poor appetite, difficulty in swallowing etc and most often they continue for a while.   However healthy eating is a must as you need to have necessary diet stores to take you through the treatment period.  Though no foods claim to prevent cancer recurrence, a healthy diet is required to regain lost strength, and rebuild you physically and mentally. A healthy diet may prevent other cancers developing as well.

A nutritious, balanced eating plan is thus required for strength building after cancer treatment. Do ask the doctor for any dietary restrictions that may be in place.

A variety of foods from all food groups is necessary with a healthy intake of fruits and vegetables including color rich foods and citrus foods as they provide the vitamins, minerals, and fiber you need.
High fiber foods are essential as they are good sources of complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, and fiber. Partake of change cooking methods to less fat invasive methods such as steaming, baking and broiling. Avoid fat rich and salt cured foods like pickles and meats. Remain active and enthusiastic.
It's often difficult for you to regain your interest in food and weight loss is inevitable. However, remember getting better depends a lot on your self. Do not restrain yourself to just a few foods. You have to regain nutrient stores and strength to battle recurrences.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important during and after treatment. An issue of special concern is regaining some of your lost weight. Keep in mind that no diet can prevent recurrence.  However you need to eat well battle your cancer. Eating well will help you feel better — be it in body, mind, and spirit. 

Fruits and vegetables, rich in antioxidant vitamins, help your cells repair themselves. Similarly, whole-grain breads and cereals can be enriched with a quarter cup of wheat germ.  Cut down fat (including low fat milk products), salt, sugar, alcohol and smoked.
Boost up your low red blood cell level (hemoglobin and hematocrit) with protein in your diet. Consume more of citrus with your protein as not only does it help in  absorbing eth protein but also in binding the creatinin that is naturally present in read meat. Remember patience is required to show nay significant changes in dietary intake.

Submitted on January 16, 2014