A diagnosis of cancer is upsetting, to say the least. You hear the diagnosis, go to the doctor and do all the things you have to do to fight the disease. You set up your treatments, prepare yourself and your family for the fight ahead. You do all the research, get a second opinion, check with insurance and get ready for the marathon, because fighting cancer is no sprint. It is indeed a long, and sometimes very difficult, road. Armed with a goal of restoring your health, you do what needs to be done.
There are the obvious things you need to do. Starting treatments, whether it be radiation or chemotherapy is a feat in itself. The treatments are grueling and take a very heavy toll on the body and soul. Throughout this time you also have to try and keep your spirits up, convincing yourself daily that the assault on your body and mind are worth it, you will come out the other side of this tunnel healthy.
One more soldier to add to your army is your choice of foods. The current research has shown that beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and beta-carotene are all varities of carotenoids. They act as anti-oxidants, which protect cells from free radicals, which are substances that break down cell membranes, allowing cancer to take hold. Carotenoids are also the pigments that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant yellow, orange and green color. So take a trip to the grocery store and shop for those brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Not only do they look good, they are delicious. There are some many different ways you can eat them, and there is a lot of variety, which is very important when you feel you cannot eat anything due to side effects from cancer treatments. Having plenty of choices at your fingertips will make it easier for you to do even a little to help you stay healthy.