Whether you’re undergoing radiation from UTMB Radiology, chemotherapy, surgery, or any other cancer treatment, there is one thing to consider: your nutrition. According to The American Cancer Society, nutrition is one of the most important parts of cancer treatment. So, what should you be eating to make sure your body is as healthy as possible and that you’re getting all of the right nutrients?
It’s no secret that nutrient-dense leafy greens like kale and spinach are good for your health. Containing tons of vitamins and minerals, eating a few servings of leafy greens each day can do just as much for your body than a supplement— plus, it’s a natural way to get it. As a suggestion, try filling at least half of your plate with leafy greens for one meal a day or make a salad unless you aren’t encouraged to eat raw foods.
Protein isn’t just animal based, its plant based too. Whether you choose to get your protein from meat, fish, nuts, beans, or even dairy, make sure that your body is getting enough protein each day. Protein helps to build and repair tissues in your body— something that especially important when you are undergoing treatment.
If you are getting radiation therapy to your face, mouth, or neck, you will more than likely experience severe dry mouth which can last for several months. Make sure that you are staying as hydrated as possible, not just to kick your dry mouth to the curb, but also for the rest of your body. If you are having a hard time drinking enough water throughout the day, we may recommend that you try drinking a sports drink with electrolytes in it.
Your diet is one of the most important parts of cancer treatment. Schedule your radiation consultation at our UTMB office today!