What you put in your body is as important as what you put on your skin. Cancer survivors can help their skin heal better by eating foods that not only benefit the skin but their overall health during treatments and beyond.
By whole foods, we mean foods that are not processed--as much as possible. Whole foods provide better nutrition to your body and contain the least amount of preservatives and other harmful chemicals.
Quick Tip: When eating out, stick to fresh salad bars and food that is grilled or steamed.
Cooking, processing and preserving foods can deplete your vegetables of the benefits you're looking for. However, this does not necessarily hold true for all vegetables. The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry studies show that boiling and steaming vegetables like carrots, spinach, mushrooms and peppers actually improve their nutritional value.
Quick Tip: When in doubt, steam vegetables and eat fruits raw for most nutritional value.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it is important to vary your diet to include lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. When it comes to selecting your entrees, the American Cancer Society recommends that cancer survivors:
This combination of foods will ensure that you're eating plenty of the vitamins and nutrients you need to help make your body strong.
Studies have found a link between alcohol intake and the risk of getting a number of cancers:
Alcohol use may be linked to colon cancer, too. In people who have already been diagnosed with cancer, alcohol intake could affect the risk for new cancers in these sites. Alcohol intake can also increase levels of estrogens in the blood. In theory this could increase the risk of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer coming back after treatment, but studies so far have not addressed questions like this.
Quick Tip: Limit your alcoholic intake to an occasional glass of red wine.
Nutrition Before and After Cancer Treatment from the American Cancer Society
Nutrition for Cancer Patients from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Nutrition in Cancer Care from the National Cancer Institute
Nutrition for Cancer Patients from Everyday Health
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