Supplementation – Green Tea

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greenteaThere’re many well-meaning advisors talking about helpful cancer preventatives and chemo recovery methods that span cabbage juice to vitamin C.

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Dietary Sources of Iron to Increase Red Blood Cell Count

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My red blood cell (HB) count is consistently hovering at the minimally acceptable level to receive treatment – thank you, body, for the small mercy!

My oncologist has had me on Chelafer supplements for the past few months.  There’s mostly little else one can do for blood counts while on chemotherapy except to make dietary adjustments.  Here’s the list* that was recommended to me by the nursing sister (plus egg yolks & beetroot; I don’t know why those aren’t on the list below).

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What’s the Deal with Antioxidants?

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To everyone who recommended I eat more blueberries or take vitamin C supplements:  You were being helpful.  I appreciate your support and I bask in my gratitude for your caring intentions but I’ll shelve the advice.

Thanks to manufacturers of health supplements with big marketing budgets, it seems just about everyone knows that antioxidants are good cancer-fighting soldiers.  They’re correct… except when you’re undergoing chemo.  Then they’re just plain dangerous.  Here’s what I’ve learned.

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Protein to Maintain Muscle Mass

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Sometimes eating is just a pain.  I’m not sure exactly when I lost my appetite.  It wasn’t to avoid nausea.  It might’ve been because of a lack of exercise or the chemo drugs’ effects or my disinterest in making any kind of effort in the kitchen.

Whatever the case, I found it easier to toss cereal and milk into a bowl for a meal!  At least the milk’s nutritious, right?  My (very basic) strength and energy levels started to wane so I made a change.  Since it’s detrimental to my progress to do enough exercise to grow muscle tissue, I decided I’d better try maintain what I have.  My logic: Chemo kills tissue.  Protein rebuilds healthy tissue.

Here’s a list* of 10 foods highest in protein:

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Glutamine – Benefits for Post Surgery Recovery and in Relation to Cancer

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Before my diagnosis, I was taking this supplement to support muscle recovery while on a stringent exercise programme.

In hospital, I didn’t have the cognisance to be religious about it but I did take it again after I was discharged.  I employed all the help I could get for a speedy recovery from the surgeries.  I’m convinced my recovery was also aided by a good muscle tissue gained from the training.

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