Eat Well: Fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and whole-grain foods give you more strength than junk food can. They can also help you manage treatment side effects, keep your weight up, and lower your risk of infection.
A steady dose of good food may even speed up your recovery time. Do your immune system a favor though, and be careful with raw foods. Always wash fruits and veggies, skip the alfalfa sprouts, and stick with pasteurized products.
When you don’t get enough fluids, your cells struggle to work the way they should. Drinking about eight 8-ounce glasses a day should help keep your body’s minerals in balance. You may need more than that to help fight side effects that can dry you out, like vomiting and diarrhea.
Move Your Body
It boosts your mood and builds strength. If you’re new to exercise, check with your doctor before you begin. Start slow, and build up to 30 minutes a day. Regular workouts not only make you feel good, but they can also help keep some cancers from coming back.
Make Time to Rest
It’s important to get some activity when you have cancer, but don’t overdo it. Listen to your body. When you feel tired, take a break. Spend your energy wisely. Spread out items on your to-do list over time. Don’t try to tackle them all at once.
Prep for Side Effects
When you live with cancer, knowledge is power. Read up on the typical side effects you might expect during and after treatment. That can give you a sense of control over what’s happening with your body. You’ll feel ready for what’s ahead.
Talk It Out
Whether its family, a good friend or a trained counselor, talk to someone about what you’re feeling. Opening up can help you manage a wide range of feelings that come with a cancer diagnosis.
Find Your Zen: Zap your stress. It’s a must. The fewer worries you have, the better your body can battle cancer. Meditation, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, tai chi, and even aromatherapy can dial back tension and help you unwind 🙂 🙂