The old saying “You are what you eat” holds more truth than many people know. Nutrition and nutritional care have gained wide clinical and scientific interest during the past decades. The increasing knowledge of metabolic disturbances and nutritional assessment in chronic and acute diseases has stimulated rapid advances in design, development, and clinical application of nutritional support. It is important to view your eating habits as a lifetime commitment to good health, rather than a temporary inconvenience to endure until a short-term goal is reached. What we eat makes a big difference in our energy levels, our mood, and even our self-esteem.
Cancer and Nutrition
The National Cancer Institute estimates that at least 35% of all cancers have a nutritional connection. When lifestyle factors such as smoking and exercise are included the associated risk becomes much stronger and may be as high as 85%. Complementing your chosen cancer treatment path with proper eating habits can make a significant difference in treatment effectiveness and healing time. For example, following certain guidelines, like abiding to a mostly plant-based diet filled with five or more servings of fruits and vegetables will ensure that your body is rich in Vitamins A and C, as well as minerals and phytochemicals that boost your overall health and immune system. Learning the ways in which you can nutritionally assist your body during and after treatment, can significantly help to achieve optimal results for your chosen plan.