Juicing

Is Juicing Good For Cancer Patients?

When chatting to a friend of mine about juicing, they mentioned that they had a relative who was dealing with cancer, and did I feel that juicing would help them with their recovery.

Although I know the health benefits of juicing, I wasn’t fully able to answer their question directly. I decided to do some research to see if other people had documented their own experiences about juicing with cancer, and have shared my findings below.

Juicing can be an effective way for cancer patients to get the essential nutrients into their body if they are finding it hard to swallow normal food, or perhaps suffering from a lack of appetite. However there are some potential concerns to be aware of, and so I will address the topic in greater detail below.

Is Juicing Safe For Cancer Patients?

There are enourmous benefits to juicing as it allows a person to increase their daily intake of vitamins, minerals and nutrients without having to eat a large amount of fruit and vegetables. However, when that person is dealing with a serious illness or medical condition, further care must be given to ensure that they are not doing more harm than good.

For this article, we are looking at the benefits and possible drawbacks of juicing whilst dealing with cancer. Please be aware that there are many different kinds of cancer and many stages of the disease, and this information is for general guidence only. Please ensure that you seek professional medical advice prior to beginning any diet change or juicing plan.

As mentioned earlier, juicing can be an effective way for cancer patients to get more nutrients into their body easily. During some stages of cancer, it is not uncommon for the patient to experience a loss of appetite or perhaps find it hard to swallow. At times like this, drinking juice will make it easier for person to absorb the nutrients into their system.

Possible Concerns

If the person dealing with cancer is able to eat normally, then juicing should only be used to supplement their normal diet. The juicing process removes much of the pulp and fibre from the fruit and vegetables and so sufferers who are possibly losing weight due to the illness, will need to take care when replacing meals with juice. If they are finding it difficult to eat normal food, or perhaps are having difficulty swallowing, then a “smoothie” would be a possible compromise instead of, or as well as juicing. This would allow the patient to get more of the goodness from the fruit and vegetables and not further add to any potential weight loss.

Should I Go On An All Juice Diet?

Definately not!!!

If you are going to juice during your treatment, be sure to gently introduce juicing into your daily food routine. There are many vegetables that have positive anti-cancer qualities, however you can do harm to your body if you overload your system with too much, too soon. Start with about 4oz of juice per day and allow your body to adjust before increasing the amount. Only increase the amount by a few ounces at a time.

What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Juicing?

Your body will tell you if you have gone too far too soon with the juicing and may present some unpleasant side effects. These can include headaches, fever, nausea, diarrhea and even hives.

If you notice any unusual changes when you start juicing, be sure to seek the advice of your medical practitioner. Ensure you tell the GP that you have recently started juicing, and the amounts you have been drinking, so that they can make a full assessment of your condition. You don’t want any side effects of your juicing to be mistakenly attributed to the cancer.

Are Fruit Or Vegetable Juices Better For Cancer ?

Vegetables.

There are many vegetables that carry anti-cancer properties, and these should be the main ingredient for your juice recipes. Fruits carry many more calories than vegetables due to the natural sugar content, and so this could lead to weight gain if your were to drink too many fruit juices. However, adding a piece of fruit to your vegetable juice will act as a natural sweetener and make the juice more pallatable.

Which Vegetables Are Best For Beating Cancer ?

Some of the best vegetables that offer anti-cancer properties are:

Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Leeks, Kale, Red Cabbage & Curly Cabbage.

Important Note: Certain vegetables work better than others, and in some cases, certain vegetables can have the opposite effect. Try to research the best vegetables suited to the type of cancer you are fighting. Click Here  to read an interesting article on the subject.

Do I Need Any Special Equipment For Juicing?

Juicing

If you are looking into juicing every day, or as a way to supplement meals, then you will need to invest in a juicer of some kind. There are many varieties of juicer and which one you buy will depend on how much you intend to juice and your budget.

However, if you do not wish to invest in a juicer or go to all the trouble of juicing yourself, there are many great superfood supplements available that will allow you to get all the goodness without the mess.

 

Smoothies

As mentioned earlier in the post, smoothies may be a better alternative to juicing, or a complimentary addition. Cancer patients that have the ability to eat relatively normal diets may benefit more from the added fibre that smoothies offer over juicing.

If you would like to know more about drinking smoothies with cancer, visit our post

Can Drinking Smoothies Help Prevent Cancer

Conclusion

Juicing without doubt offers a great deal of benefit to cancer patients, provided they interact with their medical advisor or oncologist on what is permittable within their individual treatment plan.

This post is only meant as a general guide to the benefits of some of the vegetables that hold anti-cancer properties. It cannot cover all the different cancer types and stages of cancer that patients are dealing with.

Without doubt there have been many studies into the advantages of including these types of vegetables into your diet either as a preventative measure or as an aid to treatment.

As long as you follow the guidance of your medical professional, and tailor your juicing to your own needs, then there is very real evidence that you could very well benefit from adding juicing to your daily diet.

A Speedy Recovery

The fact that you are reading this post, very likely means that you, or someone you care about, is dealing with Cancer. You have our deepest sympathy.

It is difficult not to fear the worst when “Cancer” is mentioned, but be heartened by the fact that recovery rates are increasing year on year.

Having dealt with Cancer within our own family, we know how distressing and hopeless the situation can seem. It is important to stay positive and not lose hope. We have 3 members within our family that have dealt with cancer and are all in complete remission. So please stay strong and believe in a better tomorrow.

We wish you or your loved ones a very speedy recovery, and hope that the information within this post has helped in some small way.

Very Best Wishes x