New nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors were recently published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. I think that it’s really great that they came out with these recommendations. There has been a lot of education about consuming a healthy diet to decrease your risk of certain cancers, and cancer patients are provided with nutrition counselling during their illness, but once they entered into remission there was little assistance for them. These new guidelines highlight the continued challenges that those in remission may face and the importance of nutrition in aiding the recovery process.
I think that these guidelines also help to highlight the importance of good nutrition when recovering from any illness or injury. Needs for certain nutrients may be elevated or reduced during the recovery process. Also, all-round good nutrition can help boost energy levels and mood. Depression is quite common when recovering from an illness or injury and this can also have a huge impact on an individual’s diet and can also be ameliorated by good nutrition.
Most of us could benefit from consuming a better diet. Those who are suffering from, or recovering from, injury or illness stand to benefit even more from a nutritious diet.