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Nutrition

Gaining Weight During Cancer Treatment

It’s important to include enough carbohydrates, protein and fat in your meals to maintain weight during treatments because too much weight loss can actually slow down/delay treatment. But, side effects of treatment, including loss of appetite, can make it challenging to eat enough food to get the calories your body needs.

Heartburn’s burn and the risk for esophageal cancer

Heartburn. It’s a symptom that many people experience on a regular basis. What many people don’t realize is that long-term heartburn can put them at risk for esophageal cancer.

Nutrition 101 for Caregivers

One important challenge for cancer caregivers is providing the fuel their loved ones need to fight the disease. Maintaining weight can improve tolerance to treatment, speed up recovery time and possibly result in better outcomes.

Multivitamin supplements and cancer: is there a role?

It is well known that the appropriate intake of vitamins and minerals is essential to overall health. This is likely the driving force behind the 49% of U.S. adults who are taking at least one dietary supplement. Most people assume that multivitamin supplements are harmless, since they are perceived as natural.

Eat like King Tut with ancient grains

Ancient grain refers to a grain that has been planted and harvested, without modification, for hundreds of years or more. These include kamut, amaranth, farro, and teff and they deserve all the attention. They are powerhouses of nutrition, specifically rich in phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Healthy Eating on a Budget

You don't need to break your budget to eat healthy. It doesn't take any extra time to shop wisely or change your staple foods but these very easy strategies can reduce your shopping budget. And with a few minutes of extra planning, you can further reduce your grocery bill.

Take a Bite out of Nutrition

Usually articles about improving what you eat focus on diet, which many people think of as one of those four letter words. So, instead of focusing on what NOT to do, the focus of this article is on what TO eat -- in other words, this article is focusing on what foods are "good for you."

Sugar and cancer: does sugar increase cancer risk?

Although some research suggests that sugar feeds cancer, is it necessary to avoid all foods and beverages that contain sugar? Following such a restriction can significantly reduce your intake of foods that are rich in nutrients that have been shown to fight cancer such as fruits and whole grains.

Fiber: High or Low?

We often hear that fiber is great for our health. It's true that fiber in our diets acts as a wonderful scouring brush that cleans our gastrointestinal tract, keeping it healthy and reducing the risk of diverticulitis and colorectal cancer. But, for cancer patients, there are instances when fiber-rich foods may actually aggravate your stomach. At these times, a modified fiber diet can help.

The Wonder Bug: Probiotics

Whether you're a healthy person looking to reduce cancer risk or a patient in treatment experiencing diarrhea, probiotics could be your wonder bug. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help ferment, decompose and digest the food we eat. They keep disease-causing bacteria in check and play a role in immune health.

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