Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Diet and Exercise for Cancer Patients

Recently, I was approached by someone who wanted to submit a guest post for my blog.  Although I haven't had a lot of guest posts, I thought I would give it a try.  It may be slightly off topic from the majority of my posts, but I have had some friends battling cancer, and thought it was fitting.  Melanie Bowen is an awareness advocate for the MCA.  She recently began researching the benefits of fitness for cancer patients. She also loves learning about natural health options, not only for cancer patients, but ways that she can live a healthier lifestyle as well.  Here is Melanie's post:

Healthy living is more than just visiting your doctor and taking a pill they've prescribed for you. Healthy living refers to the changes and adjustments you make at home that will have a positive impact on your life. For cancer patients with mesothelioma or any other aggressive cancer, physical fitness and a healthy diet will help tremendously in terms of recovery and treatment. This is not saying that a workout routine will cure cancer, but it can complement your treatment beautifully if you follow a plan that is right for you and your current state of health.

One of the first things you need to do when it comes to establishing a workout routine is to compare different exercises that you can do. Whether it be walking, cycling or even some light weight lifting, these workouts can benefit your body, internal organs and even your emotional state. People who workout tend to be happier and healthier than those who do not. Just imagine how good you'll feel when you see that you're doing something good for your health and overall well-being. No matter what type of workout you do, you can improve the quality of your life.

Along with exercise, diet also plays a crucial role in your health. As a cancer patient, you are probably already on a very strict diet. You should talk with your doctor about healthy alternatives to many of the foods on your diet. Switching to brown rice from white is one alternative out there, so these are things you might want to bring up the next time you visit your doctor's office. Your diet should complement not only your cancer treatment, but also the exercise plan that you've recently started on a weekly basis.

If you are battling cancer and are finding it difficult to feel good every single day, the best way to change things is to begin working out and eating better. You may be too tired on some days to workout, but even just one day of exercise each week is enough to improve your health and well being noticeably. You should talk with a healthcare professional about different options that happen to be available to you. You want to make sure that you are making healthy changes that will help you beat cancer once and for all.

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