[Editor’s Note] This post was originally published in February 2017. It has been updated and republished in March 2019.
It’s common for cancer patients to experience cancer fatigue for a number of reasons.
Not only has the body been taxed from being loaded with poisons that kill the cancer cells and many of the healthy cells as well… but the flora in the gut have been destroyed so you’re not able to digest your food properly.
There is an amazing world of microorganisms that live in your intestines working hard to fight pathogens and digest your food while delivering nutrients to the blood. When these healthy bacteria get killed off, there is nothing to do the work of feeding the body. This is devastating to your health. Therefore, the idea is to restore balance in the gut by recreating an environment where healthy probiotics (aka the good bacteria) can thrive.
Detoxification is also important to remove the garbage from the system so that the body’s natural flow of energy can be released. Cleaning up after cancer can save your life − especially if you have a lot of tumor debris flooding the liver. This makes it nearly impossible for the liver to do its job. Some possible detoxes include coffee enemas and juice fasts. Check with an alternative cancer therapy practitioner to develop a detoxification protocol that will work for your body and health needs.
Once balance is restored to the body, the energy will follow. Now the question is, what foods can you eat to give your system a reboot and eliminate the cancer fatigue? The idea is to rebuild the body with nutrient dense, readily absorbable, easily digested meals. These meals should also aid your detoxifying organs, such as the liver. In this article, I will share information about the foods that can relieve cancer fatigue (including a tasty recipe below!)
5 Recommended Foods for Alleviating Cancer Fatigue
#1. Whole Milk Yogurt from Goat or Nut Milk
Commercial yogurts are generally laden with sugar and preservatives and are made from pasteurized milk. Once the yogurt is pasteurized, the live lactobacillus culture is killed. Thus the purpose of restocking the probiotics in the gut is blocked.
Making your own yogurt from nut milk is an alternative. You can buy a yogurt making machine for around $20-$30 and then get a live lactobacillus culture or kefir culture from your health food store or online. Follow the instructions to make your own yogurt at home. If you make your own yogurt and consume it within 48 hours you will not need to worry about the food spoiling. Then you can regain the healthy probiotics in your gut which will aide in recovery.
Another option is coconut yogurt. Get the recipe here!
#2. High Protein Foods
High protein foods are important, but it’s best to avoid powdered protein drinks, with the exception of a quality bone broth protein powder. (Protein powders made from whey and soy have issues that are beyond the scope of this article. To learn more, go here.)
Suggested whole foods include avocado, dark leafy greens, broccoli sprouts, and fresh coconut. Superfoods such as spirulina, chlorella, maca, and raw cacao are other good choices. Cruciferous vegetables can be lightly steamed (they should turn bright green and be removed from the steamer after about 2 minutes) to kill any pathogenic microorganisms while preserving the enzymes and vitamins.
#3. Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Daily
Some excellent choices for fruits include bananas, apples, and pears. These are readily available year round and offer numerous health benefits. Other choices include pomegranate, papaya, and pineapple for their high antioxidant content and enzyme-rich qualities that will help digest your food while repairing tissue that has been damaged from free radicals.
If you’re following a ketogenic diet, be sure to limit fruit and pack in those veggies.
Berries are detoxifying, easily digested, high in enzymes, and antioxidant rich. They are also very energizing. I love to combine berries with a banana, some greens, and a dash of superfood powder in the morning for a delicious smoothie that provides a great energy kick. I especially recommend adding some acai berry powder to the mix for its powerful anti-cancer properties. Berries that are dark blue, black, purple, and red are full of anthocyanins rebuild your system while boosting your energy.
#5. Superfood Supplements
Superfoods such as spirulina, chlorella, coconut oil, chia, and Baobab powder are recommended. There are many more but these are especially good for increasing protein, vitamin, and mineral levels. And a little goes a long way. You can find all of these items at a good health food store or online.
Tip for Overcoming Cancer Fatigue: Avoid Dehydration
Your body is made up of mostly water and it is important to maintain fluids in your body. Every cell needs fluids to perform its processes and remove waste matter. If you consume at least eight glasses of lemon water daily your body will be able to move the nutrients faster through the necessary systems. Without sufficient water intake the body becomes sluggish and you may notice:
- General weakness
- Brain fog
Adding a few drops of fresh lemon juice will help you digest your food and makes the water taste good. Fresh, organic lemons are usually available year round but you can substitute limes if necessary. Oranges are also good as well as grapefruits.
Consuming juicy fruits and vegetables are also helpful to keep you hydrated. Some good choices include: melons, pomegranates, celery, and cucumber.
If you feel that you are drinking plenty of water, but are still not getting sufficiently hydrated, adding a pinch of salt should do the trick. Of course this should be an unrefined, mineral-rich salt such as Himalayan or sea salt. Doing this restores the minerals in the water which will in turn help you to retain more of the fluids − thus finally achieving hydration.
When you are tired after cancer therapy you need to consume foods that will boost your energy while rebuilding your body.
Commercial energy drinks and protein shakes do more harm than good. It is better to invest in superfoods and organic produce to make powerful smoothies and juices at home. Adding these to your diet regularly will make a world of difference. You will find that you have energy without any side effects.
Try the delicious recipe below that will energize you while building your immune system.
It’s common for cancer patients to experience cancer fatigue.
The body has been taxed from being loaded with poisons that kill both cancer and healthy cells.
Much of the flora in the gut has been destroyed making it difficult to digest food properly.
5 recommended foods for alleviating cancer fatigue:
- Whole milk yogurt from goat or nut milks
- High protein foods
- Five servings of fruits and vegetables daily
- Super food supplements
Avoid dehydration and consume at least eight glasses of lemon water daily.
Consume juicy fruits and vegetables to keep hydrated.