Nutrition Before During and After Cancer

Information on nutritional needs for cancer patients

Things that we have learned about Cancer Prevention

  • Tea, flavonoids, may lower early mortality risk: older women who drank tea and ate other foods high in flavonoids had a lower risk of earlier mortality from cancer and cardiovascular disease.


  • Shrink your plates, portions, packages – eat less: Shrink your plate, silverware, and portion size and there’s a good chance you’ll eat less, potentially a lot less, suggests a recent analysis of studies.

Small Portion

  • Vitamin D, calcium supplements do not reduce colorectal cancer risk: For those who have had possible precancerous growths removed from their colon/rectum – common among adults – taking vitamin D and/or calcium supplements does not reduce the risk of developing further growths.
  • Sitting less and moving more links to lower risk of chronic diseases, such as cancer: Activity Lowers Risk of Cancer Mortality for Survivors. General public and cancer survivors, being physically active for two to three hours a week reduces the risk of dying from cancer when compared to those who are inactive. For cancer survivors, the lower risk of dying from cancer was especially strong when survivors were active after they were diagnosed.


  • Eat healthy, be active: A major new review of the evidence concludes that for the 86 million Americans at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, individuals can reduce their risk of this disease by participating in a program that combines both diet and physical activity. That also means lower risk for many cancers.
  • World Health Organization categorizes processed meat as a carcinogen: Bacon, Hot Dogs and Lunch Meat – Is it Processed Meat? AICR has included avoiding processed meat as one of the recommendations for cancer prevention since 2007
meat delicacies

Meat Delicacies, Ham, Sausage, Salami, Hot dogs, Small sausages

  •  Coffee links to lower risk of liver cancer: The study finds that drinking up to five cups of coffee a day links to living longer, and lower risk of dying from type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, when compared to non-coffee drinkers

Hot Coffee

  • Limiting red meat and added sugar: these two changes that can help lower cancer risk. Guidelines Advisory Committee report is the scientific foundation for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2016.
  • Cancer cases increasing in low-income countries; there are rising numbers of breast, colorectal and other common cancers, finds a new study, due in part to increases in obesity, inactivity and smoking around the world.
  • Obesity now links to 10 cancers.

Let’s discuss all those Diets

Let us start the year right and discuss some of those diets out there, we will talk about 1 diet in each blog. The benefits of most diets are to the people writing those books… so please if you intend to follow any “Diet” out there get help from a registered dietitian/Nutritionist.

Alkaline Diet


It is said that the alkaline diet – also known as the alkaline ash diet or alkaline acid diet – can help you lose weight and avoid problems like arthritis and cancer. The theory is that some foods, like meat, wheat, refined sugar, and processed foods, cause your body to produce acid, which is bad for you.

Eating specific foods that make your body more alkaline, on the other hand, can protect against those conditions as well as shed pounds.

Maybe, but not for the reasons it claims.

First, a little chemistry: A pH level measures how acid or alkaline something is. A pH of 0 is totally acidic, while a pH of 14 is completely alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral. Those levels vary throughout the body. Your blood is slightly alkaline, with a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. Your stomach is very acidic, with a pH of 3.5 or below, so it can break down food. And your urine changes, depending on what you eat – that’s how your body keeps the level in your blood steady.

The alkaline diet claims to help your body maintain its blood pH level. In fact, nothing you eat is going to substantially change the pH of your blood. Your body works to keep that level constant anyway.

On the other hand the foods you’re supposed to eat on the alkaline diet are good for you: lots of fruits and vegetables, and lots of water. Avoiding sugar, alcohol, and processed foods is good advice for anybody; we all should be doing this.

Alkalilne Diet

Other health claims, there’s some early evidence that a diet low in acid-producing foods like animal protein (such as meat and cheese) and bread and high in fruits and veggies could help prevent kidney stones, keep bones and muscles strong, improve heart health, and lower risk for colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.

You have already read this in my earlier blogs about benefits of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

So is there anything special about alkaline diet?