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Sane Nutrition Suggestions

Posted 8/8/2016

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  As we all know, we are surrounded by suggestions/guidelines/advice about what we should eat to prevent cancer, to help us through treatment, and/or to reduce the risk of a cancer recurrence. By and large, there is no evidence to support any of the recommendations, so we are left to make our own decisions as we consider our tastes and our bank accounts. One absolute certainty is that we should never buy anything that promises to prevent or cure cancer. Nothing lives up to that claim.

  Good nutrition is really not so cancer specific and is more general about good health. Increasingly the evidence is that staying at a healthy weight and exercising in a moderate way are good for us. This article if from but is completely relevant for anyone post cancer:

Healthy Eating After Treatment

Many people with breast cancer have long, healthy, and active lives after their treatment. Healthy eating during treatment and some physical activity are important. And healthy eating and physical activity AFTER treatment also are important as you recover from treatment and begin your life beyond breast cancer.

While some research has been done on the ability of diet to reduce your risk of breast cancer, less has been done on the role of diet in reducing the risk of the cancer coming back. Still, the existing research suggests that lack of exercise and being overweight can increase the risk of breast cancer recurrence. A healthy diet and exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight and will give you more energy as you recover and improve your quality of life. Eating well will help your body rebuild muscle strength and overcome side effects such as anemia or fatigue.

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