Published on December 9th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor1
Dealing with Liver Cancer: Making Sure Your Diet Works with You
by Lindsey Harper Mac
If you’re battling liver cancer, following a careful diet plan is probably unappealing. It’s common to experience a significant loss of appetite while battling liver cancer, both from the disease itself and the treatments associated with it. But eating nutritious foods, and ensuring that you’re eating enough of them, is an important part of keeping your body as strong and healthy as possible.
Following a healthy diet can be part of your personal strategy for taking control of the things that are within your power to influence. But before changing any part of your diet regimen, it’s important that you consult with a doctor that has expertise in liver cancer side effects and management. Once your doctor signs off on your diet plan, you can start making strategic changes to the kinds of foods you’re consuming.
The Benefits of Eating Organic
Organic food is a good choice for anybody, but if you’re dealing with a liver cancer diagnosis, switching to an organic diet is even more important.
Because your liver is the organ that gets rid of toxins, you need to make sure that you’re avoiding any food sources that contain a lot of chemicals. This means that highly processed foods should be off-limits. It’s in your best interest to make sure that the food you consume isn’t making your liver work harder than it should have to. Choosing organic foods will automatically cut out a lot of these highly processed foods.
Another benefit of eating organic food is that you’ll avoid accidentally consuming vegetables that have been treated with pesticides. The last thing you want to do to your liver is give it doses of pesticide to detoxify. Making sure that you’re giving your body the best nutrition you can is important, but it’s also important to deliver it in smaller doses than you may be accustomed to.
Change Your Food Paradigm
We’re used to eating three fairly large meals in a day, but if you have liver cancer and a low appetite, eating an entire plate of food can be a difficult chore. Eating six or eight small meals a day can make the total amount of food you need to ingest much more manageable, and when you eat small portions of healthy food more frequently, you’re delivering a steady supply of nutrients into your system.
Many of the better diet choices that you need to pursue when you have liver cancer are intuitive. It’s often just a case of implementing common sense choices that you’re already aware of but just never got around to. One of these common sense food choices has to do with fat: avoid it when possible. It’s important to trim the fat out of your diet and switch to a leaner source of calories.
When it comes to animal fats, you really need to be careful. Sticking largely to fish and chicken rather than higher fat beef and pork cuts can go a long way to reducing your dietary fat intake. Many fish also contain high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. Eating more fish is a great way to cut out unhealthy fats and replace them with fat sources that are actually good for you.
Sticking to a diet regimen is never easy, but making sure that you’re fueling your body with the best nutrients possible while avoiding the chemicals associated with many processed foods can ensure that you’re doing everything in your control to make your diet an ally in the fight against liver cancer.
Lindsey Harper Mac likes blogging for fun. She enjoys healthy eating and living an eco-friendly lifestyle and researches cancer and nutrition as a writer at IUhealth. Cancer is a personal topic for Lindsey, because her family has unfortunately had close ties to the disease, which has led her to an interest in cancer research for her family and their personal well-being. She is in the process of working on her Masters and hopes to continue her education as a lifetime learner.
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