There are numerous benefits of proper nutrition before, during, and after cancer treatment.
Implications on Immunity and Treatment
Proper nutritional intake with a well-balanced diet, consisting of primarily plant-based foods along with lean sources of protein, provides the body with adequate amounts of calories and immune enhancing micronutrients to help maintain immune function for normal everyday functions as well as to help support the body during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Nutrition is also essential in preventing weight loss, a common problem among cancer patients. Without the right amount and balance of nutrients, your body may not combat invading infectious organisms as quickly or respond with the appropriate level of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies to resist infection that can delay treatment and weaken the body’s ability to heal. Proper nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight also enhances response to treatment, reduces the amount and severity of treatment side effects, and provides the body with the fuel to repair itself from the damage caused to healthy cells during treatment.
Boost Energy and Enhance State of Mind
The proper balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats is necessary to maintain a healthy energy level as well as to prevent swings in blood sugar levels, hormones and energy levels. Those who consume a well-balanced diet, along with frequent meals and snacks, prevent fatigue, optimize energy levels and maintain a more positive mood and attitude during treatment.
Improve Quality of Life
The good old saying holds true – you are what you eat. The better you eat, the better you feel. Proper nutrition strengthens the immune system, enhances response to treatment and reduces the amount and severity of side effects, thereby improving quality of life and mental outlook. Bon Appetit!