A nutritious diet has been proven time and time again to be one of the most important aspects of preventing and managing chronic illness. The doctors here at our Arizona cancer center believe medical approaches like insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) should be implemented alongside a nutritious diet to make treatment as effective as possible. This is especially important to us at EuroMed, where we offer patients a holistic cancer treatment program. We discuss the difference between anti-inflammatory and inflammatory foods, and what you need to know to create a nutrient-rich diet.
Anti-inflammatory foods provide nutrients that assist the body in managing inflammatory responses of the immune system. You can learn more about inflammation in my previous blog post.
Your diet should consist of anti-inflammatory foods such as fresh, raw vegetables and leafy greens like kale and spinach, fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, and oranges, nuts, and fatty fish. Some fruit can, however, contain high levels of glucose which causes increased sugar in the body and should be consumed in moderation and after being discussed with your doctor. Healthy fats, like those found in fish, nuts, and whole grains are also essential, as is minimal meat and dairy in-take.
An additional benefit to many anti-inflammatory foods is that they are high in antioxidants, thus strengthening the immune system and decreasing your risk of cancer. We encourage our patients to research all foods to understand their nutritional content before adding them to their diet.
One diet that meets many of these necessities and provides anti-inflammatory benefits is the Mediterranean diet. Popular in the areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, it contains heart-healthy foods that support a strong immune system.
In contrast to anti-inflammatory foods, inflammatory foods can cause imbalance in the immune system, especially as it fights chronic illness. Commonly found in the traditional American diet in the forms of sugar, white bread, milk, MSG, gluten, and more, inflammatory foods can aid in creating and maintaining high levels of inflammation. This may cause physical discomfort to patients and prevent the holistic cancer treatments from being as effective as possible.
We help our patients create and maintain a nutrient rich diet and assist in identifying foods that will support our holistic cancer treatments. If you have further questions about diet please leave a comment below or contact us by phone at (602) 404-0400.