Cancer, if it hasn’t affected our own personal health, in 2018, it most definitely has affected someone we know. Whatever way cancer is battled, holistically or through chemotherapy and radiation treatments, the fight with balancing out the body afterwards should include holistic nutrition and organic lifestyle changes.
Recently I received a message via my instagram with questions concerning breakouts and feeling ill after chemo. What you need to understand is though chemo does a great job of killing certain cancer cells and masses, it also does an amazing job at killing the healthy cells and good bacteria in the body. It wrecks HAVOC on your skin, leaving you with dull, lifeless, and breakout prone dehydrated skin.
Organic and healthy skin care products are key in revitalizing the skin after chemo treatments. Peels and hydrating treatments help dramatically in the appearance and texture of the skin. Beauty is more than topical treatments, lets remember healing the skin starts from the inside out. Below you will find some useful tips to start including in your daily life after chemo for detox and rejuvenating effects to mind ,body, skin, and soul…..
water!!!! I know you have heard this remedy for pretty much everything but its true. water does wonders in detoxing the body from toxins, and it does extra wonderous (a word i made up 🙂 ) things for your skin. balance your water intake with natural spring water and alkaline water daily. (try to ditch the plastic bottles and if purchasing store bought water, opt for glass or paper containers)
live juices – live juices act as a nutritional detox, cleansing the body of impurities, detoxifying the skin, adding loads of antioxidants, minerals, nutrients, and beneficial vitamins into the system. gut health is of EXTREME importance in everyone’s life, but particularly in that of cancer fighters and survivors. juice should be 70-80% VEGGIES and 20-30% fruit. I highly suggest investing in a juicer at home. Juice at the store, often in plastic bottles, is quite expensive and exposes you to the chemical makeup of the container. Juicing at home saves money, makes juice more readily available when needed, and is offered to you in its purest form.
exercise – some chemo patients just do not have the energy to exercise, which is COMPLETELY understandable. i would encourage you to still not totally ignore this step in detox. things like walking, yoga, less strenuous workouts are still a great way to get the blood flowing and heart rate up. exercising wakes up almost every system in the body, and while you sweat, helps you release an insane amount of toxin build up within the body. it also does wonders for the spirit and mind. keep that positive attitude, because you are a fighter!!! some equate sweat with breakouts….dont do this… purchase an organic simple facial cleanser, a nice natural toner, and a light moisturizer, and keep the breakouts at bay. a quick shower helps rinse all the worries away!
contrast showers – your workout leads me to another interesting way to detox after chemo …. some doctors say taking a hot shower for several minutes, then switching to cold for several minutes, and repeating this from 3-5 sets, helps wake up different systems in the body and helps with initiating detox.
fiber – fiber comes in so many food forms, make sure it is one that is less hard on the digestive system. fiber acts as a cleansing tool to the digestive tract (again, GUT HEALTH). Fiber comes in two forms…. Soluble fiber, which dissolves in water, can help lower glucose levels as well as help lower blood cholesterol. Foods with soluble fiber include oatmeal, nuts, beans, lentils, apples and blueberries. Insoluble fiber, which does not dissolve in water, can help food move through your digestive system, promoting regularity and helping prevent constipation. Foods with insoluble fibers include wheat, whole wheat bread, whole grain couscous, brown rice, legumes, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. both serve their purpose in after chemo cleansing. the latter, helps reove toxins more quickly, meaning less time hanging around in your intestines!
chinese herbs/ayurvedic medicine – herbs, vitamins, and spices… turmeric, ginseng, dandelion, CO-Q10, B-complex vitamins(zinc, magnesium,etc) all serve tremendous purpose in overall health and cleansing after chemo. whether you are dealing with diarrhea, constipation, skin issues, fatigue, etc there is a specific holistic concoction that will work wonders in helping heal your body after treatments are complete.
PREbiotics & PRObiotics – Probiotics are all over television ads lately. Most of us know, probiotics, are microorganisms that we take as a supplement or in the form of a food (yogurt etc) that helps maintain beneficial bacteria in the gut. what surprises me is how less often we hear about prebiotics. prebiotics are specialized plant fibers that beneficially nourish the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon. think of them as food for the probiotics. while probiotics introduce good bacteria into the gut, prebiotics act as a fertilizer for the good bacteria that’s already there. they help your good bacteria grow, improving the good-to-bad bacteria ratio. This ratio has been shown to have a direct correlation to your health and overall well being, from your stomach to your brain. we don’t know which “good” bacteria our unique bodies would benefit from. for some people, a certain good bacterial strain would be helpful. For others, it may not. when we consume probiotics, we’re taking a guess at which bacteria might be helpful and hoping for the best.
skin care – using things like apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, rose hip oil, hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, etc can help with problematic skin after chemo. locating a holistic esthetician can be to your benefit when dealing with the side effects of chemo and how your skin reacts to your treatments. just as we heal the body, healing the skin takes time and expertise. anything soothing, hydrating, brightening will bring life back to your skin.