While nutrition is important at any point in life, it becomes particularly important during chronic disease when the body needs specific nutrients to heal itself. It is particularly important during and after a cancer diagnosis. During this time, you may find it difficult to eat. Malnutrition is a very real part of many cancer patients’ journeys. In fact, you may be dealing with this unknowingly. If you are suffering from these symptoms or you are recovering from cancer, consider nutrition support.
A nutritionist can help patients know what to expect before treatments start and can help patients eat nutritionally dense and appropriate foods during treatment. After cancer treatments, these professionals can help patients renew their bodies and build strength back up with foods that are high in protein and that have adequate amounts of healthy fats. A good diet after a cancer diagnosis is one that has sufficient calories to maintain tissue and keep the body energized. The diet must also have adequate amounts of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Additionally, it should have plenty of necessary vitamins and minerals.
One of the most important parts of nutrition support as you recover from cancer is help dealing with the common side effects of cancer treatments that often make it difficult to eat. You will most likely find that your appetite decreases, your mouth becomes dry, and it takes longer to chew and swallow because you have very little saliva. Nutrition support for cancer recovery may help relieve these symptoms.
After cancer treatment is over, you should check with our medical team to see if there are any eating restrictions. Next, you should try to choose foods from all of the major food groups but should limit how much beef, pork, and lamb that you eat each week. You should try to choose low-fat dairy products, limit your alcohol intake, and decrease sodium intake by staying away from such foods as smoked and pickled products. The most important foods following a cancer treatment are fruits and vegetables, which are high in fiber as well as in vitamins and minerals.
It can be hard to choose the right foods for yourself as you struggle with your cancer recovery. You may find yourself feeling fatigued and unable to choose which foods are the healthiest for you. We are proud to offer complete nutrition support to you as you recover from cancer. With our expert advice, you can feel strong, healthy, and energized by the foods you eat.
Schedule your consultation today and learn more about nutrition support at the Medical Transformation Center in Louisville, KY.