The Benefits of Diet and Exercise When Coping With Cancer

I was recently contacted by Melanie Bowen from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, in regards to research and writing she had been doing about how staying physically fit can be extremely beneficial to people going through cancer treatments, and whether I would be able to post her aricle on my blog. So below is a little more information on Melanie, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance and of course her article which i hope you find interesting.

Melanie Bowen joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2011 as an awareness  advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiatives. You will often find her  highlighting the great benefits of alternative nutritional, emotional, and  physical treatments on those diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness.  Melanie also assists in social media outreach in her efforts to spread  awareness.  In her spare time, you can find Melanie trying new vegan recipes, on  her yoga mat, or spending time with her family.

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The Benefits of Diet and Exercise When Coping With Cancer

For those suffering from cancer, even getting through the day can be a challenge.  In fact, the last thing a person may wish to do is work out, but there are many benefits to working out that can go a long way towards improving the quality of life.  The benefits of exercise are magnified when paired with a balanced diet, particularly when that diet is rich in minerals and vitamins that encourage healing, mood elevation and an overall improved constitution.

StretchingPhysical activity clearly can improve a person’s physique, but it has many internal benefits as well.  Those who exercise regularly sleep better and report less fatigue.  Regular exercise also improves joint mobility, cardiovascular health and the pain threshold.  Not only does physical activity increase energy levels and elevate the mood, but it also has been show to promote positive hormone levels.  These changes may not cure cancer, but they are hypothesized to improve the chances of survival and reduce the risk for recurrence.

Any exercise should be performed under the guidance of a physician.  All patients should be capable of some level of stretching, which will allow the body to remain flexible and prepare it for more demanding exercise.  Another simple kind of activity is walking. Women walking Beyond helping a person maintain or reduce his or her weight, walking will also improve cardiovascular health, which will reduce the potential for serious conditions like diabetes or a stroke.  If a person is capable, weight training is one of the best activities as many patients lose muscle mass over the course of treatment.  Lifting weights will also lead to an overall change in body composition when compared to doing just aerobic exercise, which can help improve a patient’s self-esteem.

Because any course of cancer treatment can affect the appetite or reduce the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, diet can be even more important.  As many patients will have stomach problems during this time, it’s best to avoid foods that are high in fat or high in fiber.  Stick with a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables and foods high in protein for optimal results.  If consuming enough becomes an issue, look for supplements.

All cancers bring similar fears and challenges whether that cancer is breast cancer or mesothelioma.  In fact, cancer may be the most difficult challenge a person ever goes through, but there are ways to make it easier.  Through a healthy diet and regular exercise, a person can improve not only his or her quality of life but the duration as well.

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