Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rebuilding the Immune System

Good Morning Cancer Survivors

Recovering from the rigorous toxic abuse cancer treatment inflicts on your body is a major undertaking. It took me 18 months from my last chemotherapy treatment before I could say I felt good again. When your treatment is completed you are in a depleted state. Your immune system is low, your strength and stamina are weak, your blood counts are low and your energy level depleted. The first thing to do is begin rebuilding your immune. Depending on your white blood count level you may need to get a booster shot in the hip to help with your white counts. Don't hesitate. Your hemoglobin ( red blood cell ) will probably be low and this takes time to rebuild. If you have fluids on your lungs from the chemo treatment you may need to have a prescription for the drugs to remove it. You must guard and take caution not to get sick now that you've completed treatment and your immune system is low. You can help your immune system recover with the right nutrition and exercise. Increase your food consumption and calorie intake. Add more protein to your diet and eat more high antioxidant-based foods and beverages.

Foods to consider to help rebuild your immune system will be high in beta-carotene such as carrots, cantaloupe, kale, mango, pumpkin, yams. In addition, foods high in vitamin C and E,and foods high in zinc will help rebuild the system. I especially liked spinach, cooked or raw in a spinach salad. If you are not taking a multiple vitamin then start taking one. You can also supplement your vitamin requirements with commercial vitamins. Start an exercise program to rebuild your physical strength, stamina and muscles. The physical exertion will improve your circulation, put more oxygen in your blood and help with the neuropathy.

Rebuilding your immune system as quickly as possible should be your focus now that you have finished with treatment. Don't underestimate the time and effort it will require to regain your immune strength and physical strength and endurance.

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