A good holistic nutrition is important for cancer patients



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    A good holistic nutrition at this time has a supportive effect so that the patient has enough strength to follow all the heavy therapies / ph: pexes
  •  Some nutrients of a good holistic nutrition to ensure in daily meals for cancer patients
  • Methods in holistic nutrition can help reduce the discomfort for cancer patients 
  •  A good holistic nutrition helps reduce the loss of appetite
  •  A good holistic nutrition helps reduce Oral and pharyngeal pain and infection
  • A good holistic nutrition helps reduce nausea and vomiting
  • Problem of drinking water in holistic nutrition 

According to statistics of health organizations, each year there are a large number of patients die of cancer, of which 80% lose weight, 30% die of exhaustion before dying from tumors.  Most cancer patients only focus on treatment but not on good holistic nutrition to improve their health.  Very few patients are concerned about how to eat properly.  Many patients are ignorant, fearing that cancer will develop or recurrence, and dieting excessively, leading to weight loss, malnutrition, and health and quality of life.
 According to research by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute,  many cancer patients do not receive proper holistic nutrition care during their treatment, leading to weight loss, malnutrition and  depression is more severe.  Many studies around the world have shown that just 5% weight loss shortens life time of patients.  The most common condition in most cancer patients today is physical exhaustion.  This can be a side effect of the treatment process or the patient's psychological depression and anxiety, but most of it is caused by the tumor itself.  Tumors alter normal metabolism of the body, causing the body to use more energy, the body's cells and tissues are destroyed, including muscle mass.  Many patients are unable to complete their treatment due to a severe decline in weight and fitness.  This greatly affects the effectiveness of treatment and reduces the life time of the patient.  At the same time, it also increases the rate of complications, infections and leading to death of cancer patients.

The number of 30% of cancer patients dying of body exhaustion before dying from cancer has partly shown the negative effects of weight loss and exhaustion. A good holistic nutrition at this time has a supportive effect so that the patient has enough strength to follow all the heavy therapies.  Building a reasonable holistic nutrition before, during and after the treatment is aimed at improving the fitness of the patient.  Eating right before, during and after treatment can help the patient minimize the disadvantages of side effects of the treatment and help the patient feel better.

 In order to ensure proper holistic nutrition, the patient needs to eat and drink enough food to ensure the groups of substances: protein - sugar - fat - vitamins, minerals - water.  A diet rich in fish, vegetables, less meat, extra vegetable oil, drinking plenty of water and exercise, exercise ... will help the body with enough nutrients and health to fight cancer.  It is not 'adding protein to the tumor' as many people think.  Should indulge the patient's taste, split meals so that the patient can easily absorb nutrients.  Family members should also advise the patient to exercise difficulty, less lie down so that the body is comfortable, the mind is relaxed, avoiding over-thinking will help the treatment achieve higher results.

A good holistic nutrition is important for cancer patients

A good holistic nutrition at this time has a supportive effect so that the patient has enough strength to follow all the heavy therapies / ph: pexes

 Some nutrients of a good holistic nutrition to ensure in daily meals for cancer patients

 - Protein: Meat provides the body with essential amino acids.  To ensure adequate supply of amino acids, eat a variety of foods, diets must be balanced between animal and plant proteins.  White meats like poultry are more healthier.  The body also needs additional sources of iron, zinc ... from red meats such as lean pork, beef ... Shrimps, crabs, fish, mollusks and seafood are also sources.  amino acids and micronutrients precious to the body.
 - Starches: Whole grains (rice, corn, wheat, barley), and tubers (potatoes, sweet potatoes, taro, and cassava, should be chosen).  Avoid processed foods containing simple sugars, causing many harm to the body, and additives added to foods during processing and preservation are also one of the factors contributing to the increase.  rate of cancer.
- Fat: Is a substance that gives high energy value, helps to form structure of body cells.  Therefore, in the daily diet, it is necessary to have a certain lipid content, in which the content of unsaturated fatty acids does not exceed 50% of the total energy.
 - Vegetables and fruits: Choose fresh and clean fruits, ensure food safety and hygiene, preserve in cold conditions, limit loss of vitamins during processing as well as preliminary processing and preservation.  Vegetables and fruits are very beneficial for their health by providing vitamins.

Methods in holistic nutrition can help reduce the discomfort for cancer patients 

During illness and treatment, patients also often experience changes in taste.  Foods especially meat or foods high in concentrations often cause a bitter or fishy taste.  This change in taste will disappear after the treatment ends.  The following methods can help reduce the discomfort:
 - Rinse mouth before eating.
 - Eat sour fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, grapefruit ... (except for patients suffering from pain in the mouth, oropharynx).
 - Eat small meals several times a day;  increase your intake of favorite foods and avoid eating a lot of red meat;  use spices and sauces in dishes ...

 A good holistic nutrition helps reduce the loss of appetite

Chemotherapy or radiotherapy in the head-neck area ... can cause a decrease in saliva secretion and lead to dry mouth, contributing to the loss of appetite.  In this case, it should be noted:
 - Should eat soft or highly processed foods;  Chew gum or eat more sour fruit to increase saliva production.
 - Avoid eating a lot of sugar.
 Use chilled desserts.
 - Oral hygiene and mouth rinsing at least 4 times a day.
- Drink plenty of water and take sips for a few minutes ...

 A good holistic nutrition helps reduce Oral and pharyngeal pain and infection

Oral and pharyngeal pain and infection are common in cancer patients who are undergoing radiation therapy in the head-neck area, chemotherapy or having problems with infections.  When dental pain occurs, patients need to notify the treating doctor for timely treatment.  Certain foods can affect a person's likelihood of damaging their teeth:
 - Food with spicy spices.
 - Hard food with sharp edges makes it difficult to chew or swallow.

 Patients should eat soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow such as soft fruit, cheese, vermicelli, noodles, vermicelli, milk, cereal flour ... Spicy, salty foods should be avoided, and flavored fruits should be avoided.  

A good holistic nutrition helps reduce nausea and vomiting

Most chemotherapy patients often experience nausea and vomiting.  It is advised to feed the sick person before hunger because hunger increases nausea;  drink plenty of water, drink slowly and sip during the day;  avoid greasy, spicy, heavy foods ...;  Eat small meals and eat dry foods like crackers, toast ...

Problem of drinking water in holistic nutrition 

Problem of drinking water: For cancer patients, it is recommended to drink 8-12 glasses of water per day.  Be it ripe water, vegetable juice, fruit, milk or foods containing lots of water ... It is important to drink water even when you're not thirsty.  However, it is recommended to limit caffeinated beverages ...

 In summary, a balanced diet with adequate holistic nutrition and energy is very important in improving the health, quality of treatment and quality of life for cancer patients.  Patients should see an oncologist for specific advice on diet.

A good holistic nutrition is important for cancer patients

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