After experiencing the turmoil of Cancer and its treatment, our bodies are so tired that we hardly give a thought to post treatment side effects. However, taking utmost care of your body especially in terms of nutrition post treatment, helps to manage the side effects of the treatment to a great extent.
Nutrition is the base for your internal system, therefore it requires it to work rhythmically and in right the direction. In post cancer treatment, the nutritional requirement is of higher in order to repair the wear and tear of the treatment’s side effects and management of symptoms. Maintaining a strong nutritional ground for your body will help you in the long run. It’s observed that meeting the basic requirements of proteins, carbohydrates and fats can be easily attained, however, micro-nutrients like vitamins and minerals are neglected. Therefore, working with a specific importance on micro-nutrients has shown to lower the side effects of treatment.
Micro-nutrients comprise of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and are found in abundance in fruits and vegetables. Different colours give you different nutrition, therefore incorporating maximum variety of colour to your plate is key. Creating a variety of combinations will make your food both appealing and appetising too, while activating taste buds at the same time. The use of spices and seasonings can be added to ease digestion. Processed foods, fried foods, aerated beverages, etc., are saturated foods that are high in calories and do not positively impact your body. It’s foods like these, both patients and individuals must avoid.
Based on certain studies, there has been a relationship between calcium and vitamin D content and cancer diagnosis. Keeping an eye on vitamin D (min 600 IU) and Calcium (max 1200mg) levels helps to reduce risk for relapse and incidences of fractures. Similarly, Vitamin C has the potential to weaken cancer cells. Incorporate vitamin C rich foods in your diet which plays a role of anti-cancer and help to build immunity.
Which is why, working on your nutritional status will help to relieve your sufferings and to improve quality of life.
“Levels of patient-reported fatigue are expected to increase by around the fourth or fifth week of a typical treatment course, but that did not happen in the yoga group,” said lead researcher Dr. Neha Vapiwala. She is the Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. Research has found that men who practiced yoga while receiving treatment reported less fatigue and less negative effects of erectile dysfunction, fewer sexual side effects and urinary function than those who did not.
Yoga is said to improve erectile and urinary function by strengthening core muscles and improving blood flow. Pelvic floor exercises such as Kegel exercises can help to strengthen the pelvis and strengthen the muscles you squeeze when trying to pause urinating mid-stream. The exercises involve contracting and relaxing the muscles of your pelvic floor, which holds your uterus and bladder in place.
Some specific yogic techniques are said to help with prostate health include:
- Mula Bandha- Downward-Facing Dog, Hero pose or Bridge pose
- Prostate Specific Poses- Reclining Hand-to-Big Toe Pose, Bound Angle and Boat Pose
Yoga positively impacts the individuals’ quality of life by connecting the mind and the body. It improves focus from one pose to the next, allowing the person to connect to the present moment through focus of their breathing. This creates inner peace. Therefore, it results in relaxation that can help relieve feelings of anxiety, and in turn help patients achieve better sleep aiding mind relaxation. On the contrary, the inner peace can translate to increased emotional coping skills during and after treatment.
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