Diet and Cancer

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Yesterday morning, a friend from the African Cancer Foundation (ACF) sent me a message and told me about this guy with recurrent brain cancer whom they are trying to help access treatment. Like you may have figured already, I had quite a day so I only settled to slowly read about Jadudi -whose story is allover social media now- on my way home. It is heartbreaking to have such a young soul go through what he is going through now so if you can help, please do. A neighbour is not necessarily the person living next door, but he that needs your help.

Now much as eating healthy, exercising and having regular checks is important, it may not necessarily keep the cancer from recurring. Therefore one cannot blame self when it recurs. Even so,it still paramount that you observe these, all in equal measure. Nutrition is particularly important because based on the organ affected and the treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or more), side effects like mouth sores, dry mouth, tastelessness, anorexia, pain, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and many others can affect eating. 

Eating the right kind of food before, during and after cancer treatment can help the individual feel better sooner and live longer. However this needs to be within the recommended daily allowances (RDAs) as some research has shown excess consumption of single supplements beyond the RDA could have unexpected harmful effects on the cancer survivor. It is however important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and beans as they are high in phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals which have anti-cancer effects. In short, a more plant based diet, while avoiding processed foods, high calorie foods and limiting simple sugars, all which pose more risks. So cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, onions, dark green vegetables, nuts, apples, grapes, as much variety as you can; and be careful to use lean meat with preference to white meat, and low fat dairy products. It is also important to maintain some physical activity. Nothing intense; just what you can comfortably do.

Read more:

http://www.aicr.org/

http://www.cancer.org/index

https://www.floridahospital.com/recurrent-brain-tumor

Jadudi needs your help. http://www.bikozulu.co.ke/that-thing-in-jadudis-head/