You are fortunate enough to survive cancer, but now living a healthy lifestyle is very important. While studies are ongoing, there is definitive research showing certain behaviors and foods can help improve long-term health after cancer.
Exercise is beneficial for cancer survivors; it helps reduce the risk of a recurrence. It improves mood, increases stamina, decreases anxiety and, also helps with recovery from your treatment. Exercise can also help you achieve a desirable body weight, depending on if you gained or lost weight during treatment.
The American Cancer Society recommends exercising five or more days a week, 30 minutes per session, if there is weight loss during treatment let that not discourage you, start small. Every minute of activity will improve strength and endurance.
After treatment stops return to normal eating patterns .Food safety at every meal is still important since; infection is a big concern among survivors. When dining out, avoid sushi, salad bars, rare meats, fish and shellfish, poultry and eggs, since these items have a greater prevalence of germs. At home, scrub fruit and vegetables well; avoid raw honey and raw juices, selecting pasteurized varieties instead; cook meats thoroughly; and keep your refrigerator and all utensils, cutting boards and counters clean, replacing sponges weekly, just as you did during the treatment.
Eating five servings daily of fruit and vegetables should become routine. Dark green, leafy vegetables like Swiss chard, spinach, kale and beet greens are good choices, especially when prepared with garlic and turmeric.
Fresh herbs such as rosemary, mint, thyme, oregano and basil should be used regularly since they have documented medicinal properties related to the terpines in their essential oils.
Whole grains such as bulgur, barley, oats and brown rice are a good source of saponins, a water and fat-soluble plant compound that acts like an antibiotic.
Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, cod and sardines are good protein sources. They have the added benefit of being rich sources of healthy, omega-3 fatty acids, which play a vital role in boosting immunity.