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Healthy Eating Strategies for Cancer Survivors Experiencing Taste Changes

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 16 June 2022
Healthy Eating Strategies for Cancer Survivors Experiencing Taste Changes
June is National Cancer Survivor Month. It is dedicated to anyone who has personal experience with a cancer diagnosis.  Survivors experience numerous side effects caused by cancer and its treatment. Changes in taste is one side effect that significantly impacts eating and nutritional status,  and it can linger for months and even years beyond treatment. If you are a cancer survivor and taste changes have caused you to significantly reduce your eating habits or you’ve lo...
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How Can I Get More Energy With Nutrition?

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 3 June 2022
How Can I Get More Energy With Nutrition?
Just like you can’t drive a car without fuel, your body needs fuel to function. Instead of petrol, however, what gives us energy is certain nutrients from the diet. Nutrients can give us energy either as a substrate converted to ATP in our cells or by otherwise contributing to ATP production. Just like gasoline, the quality of the food you eat will have an effect on the performance of your “vehicle”.  If you’d like to know what to eat for energy, and which foods...
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Metabolic Reprogramming in Adipose Tissue During Cancer Cachexia

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 19 May 2022
Metabolic Reprogramming in Adipose Tissue During Cancer Cachexia
Cachexia is a complex disorder characterised by the loss of adipose and skeletal muscle tissues leading to chronic and involuntary weight loss that cannot be fully reversed by conventional nutritional support. Cachexia occurs in association with cancer and multiple other chronic diseases, including heart failure and kidney disease. The incidence of cachexia is particularly very high in cancer patients. About half of all cancer patients suffer from cachexia, which is the direct cause of at le...
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Diet Tips for People Living with a Stoma

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 19 March 2022
Diet Tips for People Living with a Stoma
If you have undergone surgery and are now living with a stoma, one of the most important adjustments you’ll need to make is to ensure your diet is suitable for the needs of your condition. Post-surgery, your bowel will need some time to recover, and there are certain foodstuffs that can make it more or less difficult to manage the use of your ostomy bag. However, these issues do not mean that ostomates cannot still enjoy a full, rich and fulfilling relationship with food and drink. If ...
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Vitamin B12 Sources, Function and Deficiencies

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 29 November 2021
Vitamin B12 Sources, Function and Deficiencies
Humans cannot produce vitamin B12 naturally, making it one of the eight essential B vitamins. Bacteria are required to produce vitamin B12 naturally, but the majority of the bacteria in our GI tract lives at the end of our digestive tract, after the point at which B12 gets absorbed. Therefore, in order to satisfy our need for B12, we have to get it from our diet. Plants do not contain any vitamin B12, so individuals that don’t eat many, or any, animal products should pay special atte...
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