- Posted by Tara Mead on September 5, 2017
At Cancer Recovery Foundation International, we view food as part of a total treatment plan. As Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine thy food.”
Many cancer patients and survivors take nutrition very seriously. In fact, 8 out of 10 survivors make significant changes in their diets and nutritional practices.
We believe proper nutrition is an integral part of your healing process. Research has shown that people who eat more natural diets – focused on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains – suffer far less from obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Including good fats, like Omega-3s and Omega-6s, will help give your body what it needs to heal.
Part of this healthy strategy is ensuring you are properly hydrated. Drinking lots of pure water is a simple and effective way to ensure your immune system is function as it should. The lymphatic system in our bodies – a key component of the immune system – is a fluid system that requires adequate water to function properly. Most cancer patients are dehydrated – all the more reason why it’s vital to drink enough water, especially if you’re undergoing chemotherapy, which can sometimes lead to sweating.
While these changes are significant, even the best diets may not provide all of the nutrients our bodies need. We recommend supplementing with quality vitamins, minerals and other nutritional supplements which are specifically designed to be supportive for those who have had a cancer diagnosis.
Cancer Recovery Foundation International is launching a new program, called Nutrition as Medicine, to help cancer patients and survivors make the necessary changes to ensure they’re receiving proper nutrition to optimize recovery. This program will include a special booklet, filled with strategies and tips to make over your pantry, sample meal plans, and a shopping list.
Stay tuned for more information on this exciting, life-changing program!