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The Use of Probiotics During Cancer Treatments

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 23 April 2021
The Use of Probiotics During Cancer Treatments
There is a plethora of evidence indicating the positive associations between probiotic therapy alongside chemotherapy. A recent meta-analysis concluded probiotics effectively prevented chemotherapy-induced diarrhoea among cancer patients.
In a review published in 2014, it was demonstrated that probiotics reduce the incidence of diarrhoea greater than grade 2 and grade 3 and may reduce the average frequency of daily bowel movements.
Over 756 patients, 5 cases reported that certain probioti...
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Intermittent Fasting and Cancer Treatments

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 23 April 2021
Intermittent Fasting and Cancer Treatments
Cancer cells do not respond to the protective signals generated by fasting, leaving them vulnerable to both the immune system and cancer treatment.
Evidence-based research inclusive of randomised control trials and several other reports suggest that using a low-caloric (fast mimicking) diet for 2-5 days around chemotherapy was associated with greater tolerance to chemotherapy, resulting with less fatigue, weakness, and less gastro-intestinal issues. Fasting was well tolerated and reduced h...
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Cancer Treatment and Sexual Health

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 10 April 2021
Cancer Treatment and Sexual Health
Changes in sexual health may not a priority when you have been diagnosed with cancer, but it might be more important than you expect.
Depending on the treatment you are given, sexual side effects range from mildly annoying to downright debilitating. For instance, hormone-blocking medications can cause vaginal dryness, which can lead to painful sex or lowered sex drive. Patients who have a mastectomy (breast removal) may no longer have feeling in the chest area. Changes in body image affect se...
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Spirit, Stress, and Cardiovascular Risk

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 10 April 2021
Spirit, Stress, and Cardiovascular Risk
Spirituality is an important determinant of health that can affect healing, outcomes, and quality of life. Its effects on stress and physiological dysfunction have been widely studied, particularly regarding cardiovascular function. Spiritual coping mechanisms such as mindfulness, yoga, prayer, daily affirmations, and expressing gratitude can improve mental health states, but they also confer physical health benefits by improving recovery from stress-induced changes during cancer treatments...
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Phytonutrients

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 8 April 2021
Phytonutrients
Phytonutrients are plant-based chemicals available through a diet that includes whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs. Research suggests that these bioactive compounds, which contribute to a plant's colour, taste, and smell, also have beneficial health effects. For example, flavonoids are compounds found in cocoa, apples, and green tea. Epidemiological studies have suggested a positive association between diets high in flavonoid-rich foods and cardiovascular health, w...
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