a chemo cleanse...

Being in the spa and wellness arena and having relationships with wonderful practitioners within spa health retreats, I wondered what they would suggest to someone dealing with chemotherapy.  My thinking with the onslaught of having chemicals dripped into my veins, I want to experience the lesser of the side-affects as possible. So, I popped a question. "What are some wellness tips for dealing with chemotherapy?” After hearing of my situation of the breast cancer recurrence diagnosis, having had surgery and about the commence chemotherapy, I received a response, to which I thank them greatly. 
Five years ago before commencing a six-week bout of radiotherapy, I did a two week ayurvedic detox. I knew my body was going to experience a treatment that was killing cells and that they'd be drifting off through my body and I wanted my body to be in a wholesome state to deal with it all.  Was I affected by it any differently to others? I don’t know, I haven’t compared and at the end of the day, my body is different to somebody else’s. But beyond the sensitivity of skin where the radiotherapy was being administered, all was fine.
Since the breast cancer recurrence diagnosis at the start of May, I have been conscious of drinking a fresh fruit or veggie drink daily, recipes you can read and try are in a previous post.  Prior to this I mostly enjoyed a fresh morning juice and love nothing more than a wholesome homemade meal. To pass my time through these chemotherapy sessions, I've called it my “chemo-cleanse” as that is all, that it is. Scans and blood tests were clear, along with my nodes, so to me this is simply a "chemo-cleanse", as I don’t wish to experience a third strike with cancer!  So, the question was asked and the responses were as follows:
Kamalaya Koh Samui – Laurel Barron one of Kamalaya’s Naturopaths advised her top five recommendations:

  1. Sleep is essential:While we sleep our body is taking this time to produce more white blood cells, particularly the T-helper cells which act like the security guards of our immune system, when we don’t sleep or don’t get quality sleep the strength of these immune cells is compromised and inflammatory cells flourish.
  2. Eliminate sugar and refined foods:Similar to sleep deprivation, sugar also suppresses immune cell function leaving you more vulnerable to bacteria and virus. Avoid canned soft drink, packaged fruit juices, caffeine, alcohol, biscuits and sweets, and increase water with fresh lemon and fruit.
  3. Increase green and brightly coloured fruit and vegetables:All fruit and vegetables contain beneficial phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, by mixing up the colours on your plate you will have a broader range of these immune enhancing nutrients and antioxidants to help you system fend off viruses and bacteria.
  4. Protein is essential:Our cells require the amino acids from proteins to grow and develop. Eat a broad range of protein rich foods such as fish, chicken, quinoa, nuts, seeds and legumes.
  5. Seek advice:If you are prone to getting ill consult a Naturopath or Herbalist to prescribe you a suitable herbal tonic.
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat  - Dr Santhosh a Naturopath, specialising in Ayurveda recommends:
  1. Highest in boosting the immunity – garlic, soybeans, ginger, liquorice and the umbelliferous vegetables (e.g. carrots, celery, parsley and parsnips).
  2. Moderate in boosting the immunity – onions, linseed (flaxseed), citrus, turmeric, cruciferous vegetables (e.g. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower), solanaceous (tomatoes and peppers), brown rice and whole wheat (avoid if you are gluten sensitive).
  3.  Modest in boosting the immunity – oats and barley, cucumber and the kitchen herbs such as mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage and basil.
    Dr Santhosh also gave tips on dealing with chemotherapy and recipes that can be read on the bottom of the page, Click Here >

With two sessions of chemotherapy down and two to go, its the Chocolate Big M’s that has been the desired beverage, other than that its morning juice, a cup of tea and refreshing water.  During the week breakfast of porridge topped with walnuts, chia seeds and yoghurt is consumed, whilst on weekends poached eggs with spinach and mushrooms is norm.  When starting my day with a ravishing appetite it can be a poached egg on toast after the juice and porridge!  Another unusual, but something has been a favourite in the past is dark chocolate coated liquorice. Other than that, its been lots of homemade soup and meals, a spoonful of aloe vera juice and vitamins here and there. All good for me!
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