Last week, I talked about the yogic perspective on health, and what you can do mentally to heal yourself. This week, let’s talk about what you can do to heal your physical body.
Cancer rates continue to increase because of our excessive stress, obesity, smoking, poor diet habits, alcohol, environmental toxins, and because we are living away from our nature. In addition, in my opinion, most people are not getting the correct amount and form of the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need — instead, we are expecting to get a fix for everything from our doctors.
Whether you choose conventional medicine or alternative therapy, here are some suggestions that you can always use to combine with your treatment.
Fasting and/or a calorie restricted ketogenic diet — a high fat, very low carbohydrate and moderate protein diet — has been used as medicine for a very long time. According to the American Cancer Society, the dietary recommendation for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy is to increase calories and increase protein intake, but there are no clear guidelines on the type of nutrition that could have a major impact on treating or healing the cancer.
Calorie restriction (CR) or fasting has been proven to have a wide range of beneficial effects able to help prevent malignancies and increase the efficacy of cancer therapies. The combination of CR via a fasting mimicking diet (FMD), a well formulated ketogenic diet, or prolonged fasting together with chemotherapy, immunotherapy or other treatments represents a potentially promising strategy to increase the effectiveness of the treatment, prevent resistance acquisition, and reduce side effects.
Don’t be surprised though if you ask your doctor about this and he or she replies that “this is not proven research yet”. No doubt the doctor will recommend new drugs that will help you to heal. But remember that YOU are the one struggling with complications after the treatment. I’m certainly not saying that the doctors are bad people, but so often they are obliged to recommend only the drugs without looking at other types of treatment support, even if they know it can help.
Personally, I believe that chemotherapy does not work most of the time. You can read the reasons why in my other articles and my blog. But if you are doing chemotherapy, then at least you can supplement it with the correct nutrition to support your body’s healing.
Calorie restriction can also affect many processes that regulate the rate at which our bodies age, including inflammation, sugar metabolism, maintenance of protein structures, the capacity to provide energy for cellular processes, and modifications to DNA.
Most importantly, calorie restriction can reduce and prevent oxidative stress, which is the production of toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that can damage cells and tissues. This is actually the root of all diseases.
If you’d like to learn more, then I recommend my other article Can natural therapies cure cancer?