Staying Positive after a Cancer Diagnosis: 6 Tips to Do It Right

Staying Positive after a Cancer Diagnosis: 6 Tips to Do It Right

The following article is a guest post.

Hearing a cancer diagnosis is a terrible thing and people can react very negatively to it. Some people get depressed, some get angry, which are both natural and normal reactions.

However, dwelling in this state of mind is not normal nor healthy.

Once you have been diagnosed, you need to absorb the news and adapt to the new situation. With new treatment options being discovered and perfected every day, the chances of overcoming cancer are better now than ever.

Pills such as Tesetaxel, gene therapy, radiation therapy and other methods keep getting better.

Have Support of Friends and Family.

The first thing you need to do is let your friends and family know about your condition. Give them time to process the information.

They will offer you their support and company. You should accept this help because continuing with your normal life is the best thing you can do.

Sometimes, people who are close to us can react strangely to such big and important news. Give them time to adapt, but be sure to set some rules about your condition.

You do not need condescension and pity from them, so make sure that they know that.

Seek Professional Help.

If you yourself aren’t able to cope with the magnitude of the illness and its implication on your life, consider talking to a professional.

Your oncologist will recommend you some people with whom he has worked in the past. It is not uncommon that people with a cancer diagnosis feel lost and overwhelmed at first. However, with a bit of help, you can find your ground and get on with your life.

Seeking professional help is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it shows that you have the strength to face your problems instead of running away from them.

When you feel comfortable enough, you can start your treatment.

Research Treatment Options.

Your doctor will tell you what your options are. With so many different treatment options, you may feel lost at first. That is why you should do some research about current and emerging treatment options to discuss with your doctor.

The main reason to do this is to feel involved in the process, rather than just a helpless victim and passive observer.

Look up any experimental and novel treatment options near you and ask your doctor if you qualify. You can only increase your chances of full recovery.

Adapt Your Diet and Exercise.

This may be a good time to think about your diet. What will your body need to fight this illness?

Generally, a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables are recommended, whereas processed foods are discouraged. Not only will you help your body fight the illness, but you can lose weight in the process.

An important addition to the proper diet is exercise. That’s why you should consider taking up regular exercise if it is not yet a part of your daily routine.

Stay at Work if You Can.

Going to work gives people purpose, which is particularly important when you are fighting cancer.

If your condition permits it, stay employed and go about your day as you would normally. If you are not feeling capable to give it your best, maybe you can ask for a part time position.

Keep Your Hobbies.

Just like work, hobbies give us focus in life. If you had a hobby before you were diagnosed, try to keep it up. Happiness can help your immune system fight off a lot of illnesses, as found by researchers at Berkeley.

If you don’t have a hobby, think about what makes you happy, what interests you and find a way to incorporate these activities into your day as much as you can.

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How Supplements Can Improve Your Overall Health

How Supplements Can Improve Your Overall Health

Dietary requirements, allergies, intolerances, illnesses and other factors can prevent us from getting optimum nutrients and vitamins from food alone. That’s why millions of people all over the world take supplements each day, whether they are recommended by a doctor to treat a deficiency, or just to ensure people get enough of what their diet lacks.

In this article, we’ll give a list of popular recommended supplements to top up your diet and ensure you’re getting the correct dosage of some important nutrients.

Most supplements can be taken harmlessly with no side effects, but you should always thoroughly check labels and get proper medical advice if you’re unsure. For instance, St John’s Wort is widely considered an herbal remedy for depression but can actually decrease the effectivity of contraceptive pills.

For insight into your personal needs, consult with a doctor or nutritionist. Especially if you have a condition that restricts your diet, or you simply want to check that a particular supplement won’t affect any medication you take.

Popular Supplements

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria usually taken in tablet or powder form as supplements for a healthy digestion and immune system. It helps ‘good’ gut bacteria flourish, which in turn helps your immune system to kill bad bacteria that could make you sick.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics basically enable the full effect of probiotics to take hold – think of it like a fertilizer enabling garden plants to properly grow. Find the best prebiotic supplement by visiting chemists, health stores or online.

Multivitamins

Multivitamins are a great solution for busy people. Simply pop one tablet that contains a cocktail of essential vitamins and nutrients! Most multivitamins contain things necessary for everybody, like vitamins A, E, C, K; folic acid; calcium; phosphorous; magnesium; iron; iodine; and plenty more.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is necessary to get through food sources or supplements each day because it can’t be stored in the human body. It’s an antioxidant which increases the volume of iron we can absorb from foods – therefore those with iron deficiency or anaemia should get lots of vitamin C too. It is easily found in fresh vegetables, citrus fruits or supplements, which you can buy cheaply in supermarkets.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium and phosphate for healthy bones. Supplements help to ensure you get enough daily vitamin D, but you can get it in your diet by eating lots of fatty fish, red meat and eggs. (Vegetarians and vegans therefore should invest in supplements.)

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 facilitates the proper functioning of the nervous system and is involved in the creation of blood cells. It’s vital that everyone gets enough B12.

Though it is usually found in meat and animal products like chicken, milk and eggs – this is another essential supplement for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Iron

Iron is especially vital for women and pregnant women. It is involved in the transportation of oxygen around the body in the blood, which is needed to create energy.

If you experience fatigue, you could be lacking iron or suffering from anaemia. Iron supplements are helpful to top up your blood iron, but you could also eat a diet full of spinach, broccoli, nuts, seeds, brown rice, dried fruit and red meat.

Zinc

Zinc is said to regulate immune function, have effects on memory and learning ability, and help wounds heal quickly. It’s possible to get too much zinc, so it is mostly included in multivitamins rather than a supplement on its own.

Calcium

Calcium is important for healthy bones. Since it is most prevalent in dairy products, vegans or just those who don’t eat much dairy should consider taking a supplement, or a multivitamin containing calcium.

Cod liver oil

Cod liver oil contains plenty of omega-3, vitamin A and vitamin D. It can help with skin diseases, like eczema and rashes, and can help reduce inflammation of the joints and arthritis.

Eating a diet full of fresh foods is essential for good overall health. Though if your diet restricts you from getting some of these necessary vitamins, supplements are a helpful and convenient way to replace them. Ask a doctor’s advice for help with balancing your diet, or you’re experiencing any symptoms associated with lack of vitamins.