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Best Foods When Undergoing Chemotherapy

Best Foods When Undergoing Chemotherapy
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When you learn you have cancer thousands of thoughts run through your head.  You wonder how could this happen to me?  Is there anything I can I do to overcome this disease?  If so, what?  I have seen hundreds of patient struggle with the side effects of chemotherapy so I put together a list of foods to help diminish the side effects such as nausea, and help nourish your body.  When you start taking in the right nutrients for your body you experience greater health.  I know you probably feel you can’t experience greater health while going through chemo but the truth is you can and will if you take a little time to prepare them. You will notice less nausea, diminished pain, your hair will grow back quicker and your skin will be clearer.

Sugar – The first thing I have to say is I think most cancer is brought on because so much of the foods available to us are laced with sugar.  So if there is one thing I recommend is avoiding all sugars.  The only sugar I would recommend is raw honey because it contains B vitamins and enzymes which make it more digestible and supply the body with nutrients.

Grains – amaranth, brown rice, oats- not quick cooking, millet, buckwheat, gluten-free items

Vegetables – It is safe to say you can enjoy as many vegetables as you want both cooked and raw.  Here is a list of some of the most nutritious ones carrots, kale, parsnips, burdock, dandelion, radishes, arugula, endive, daikon, cabbage, onions, mushrooms ( in certain cases avoid reishi) (if you have a source for fresh mushrooms take advantage of it), seaweeds esp. kelp

Meat – a little bit of protein (no more than 2 ounces/day and always organic) helps give your body a boost to rebuild healthy cells opt for organic buffalo, organic poultry, white fishes like halibut, tilapia, dover sole

Dairy – best to avoid pasteurized and never ultra pasteurized.  If you want to include dairy (because your body can become very weak and malnourished during chemo), find a good source for raw milk, raw yogurts, organic eggs, organic butter or ghee (Indian)

Oils – Opt for cold pressed unrefined oils.  Organic unrefined coconut oil, organic unrefined olive oil, organic canola, organic grapeseed, hemp

Legumes – mung beans, adzuki beans, kidney beans if you have a source for fresh beans that is great

Note – when you cook beans it is best to cook them in a pressure cooker and with kelp.  They are easier to digest

Miscellaneous – miso (fermented beans), spirulina, a good probiotic (such as primal defense). Kukicha twig (not the green version) tea


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Article written by Andrea Hake, LOM, NCTMB  — Acupuncturist. For more information, visit

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