For those fortunate enough to survive cancer, living a healthy lifestyle couldn’t be more important.
The American Cancer Society recommends exercising five or more days a week, 30 minutes per session, start with brief sessions, knowing every minute of activity will improve strength and endurance.
After Cancer treatment, normal eating patterns will gradually resume, but most important is food safety at every meal; infection can be a concern among survivors.
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. In laboratory tests, the allyl sulfate in garlic has been shown to block the spread of cancer.
Fresh herbs such as rosemary, mint, thyme, oregano and basil have documented medicinal properties related to the terpines in their essential oils. Terpines appear to block inflammation by reducing the production of cox-2, the principal enzyme used by cancer cells to cause inflammation.
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. They may help fight infection and protect a recurrence.
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.