Benefits of Good Nutrition during Cancer and Cancer treatment


Benefits of Good Nutrition during Cancer and Cancer treatment

August Newsletter by Renata langner AADP, HC

Looking from a Holistic prospective good nutrition is especially important if you have cancer because both the illness and its treatments, can affect your appetite. Cancer and cancer treatments can also affect your body’s ability to tolerate certain foods and use nutrients.

Eating well while you are being treated for cancer can help you:

  • Feel better
  • Keep up your strength and energy
  • Keep up your weight and your body’s store of nutrients
  • Tolerate treatment-related side effects
  • Lower your risk of infection
  • Heal and recover faster

Eating well means eating a variety of foods that will give you the nutrients you need to protect your health while fighting cancer. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals.

Knowing what to eat and what to avoid can be helpful on your healing process. Today I will handle alkaline foods and the consumption of Soy.

According to extensive research on the subject, Cancer thrives in an Acid-rich environment so when you eat a diet that is more Acid than Alkaline, you turn your body into an “All You Can Eat” Buffet for Cancer cells.  Conversely, when you eat a diet that is more Alkaline than Acid, you not only limit one of Cancer’s favorite fuels, but you simultaneously turn your body into an environment that is downright unfriendly to Cancer.

While the accepted wisdom has long held that the healthiest diet is the one that is Acid/Alkaline Neutral, there is now a growing body of evidence suggesting that a diet that is more Alkaline than Acid is a powerful weapon in the fight against Cancer.  And that is why knowing the Ph Levels (the Acid or Alkaline concentrations) of what we eat is vital information for Breast Cancer Warriors

To help you get a handle on this whole Acid/Alkaline Ph issue, I would like to give something practical that you can use on the daily basis. So, print out the chart below put in our refrigerator use and share with others. Each one is assigned a number which mirrors its approximate relative potential of alkalinity (+) or acidity (-) existent in one ounce (28.35g) of food. The higher the number, the better it is for you to eat. Keep in mind that not only cancer patients can benefit from this chart, when people ingest too many acid forming or acidic foods, excess acid corrodes tissues and organs, which leads to illness. In addition, acid also provides a favorable environment for harmful bacteria and other micro organism that can damage glands and organs.

Healthy Alkaline Foods
– Eat lots of them!

Alfalfa Grass +29.3
Asparagus +1.3
Barley Grass +28.1
Brussels Sprouts +0.5
Cabbage Lettuce, Fresh +14.1
Cauliflower +3.1
Cayenne Pepper +18.8
Celery +13.3
Chives +8.3
Comfrey +1.5
Cucumber, Fresh +31.5
Dandelion +22.7
Dog Grass +22.6
Endive, Fresh +14.5
French Cut Green Beans +11.2
Garlic +13.2
Green Cabbage December Harvest +4.0
Green Cabbage, March Harvest +2.0
Kamut Grass +27.6
Lamb’s Lettuce +4.8
Leeks (Bulbs) +7.2
Lettuce +2.2
Onion +3.0
Peas, Fresh +5.1
Peas, Ripe +0.5
Red Cabbage +6.3
Rhubarb Stalks +6.3
Savoy Cabbage +4.5
Shave Grass +21.7
Sorrel +11.5
Soy Sprouts +29.5
Spinach (Other Than March) +13.1
Spinach, March Harvest +8.0
Sprouted Chia Seeds +28.5
Sprouted Radish Seeds +28.4
Straw Grass +21.4
Watercress +7.7
Wheat Grass +33.8
White Cabbage +3.3
Zucchini +5.7

Root Vegetables
Beet +11.3
Carrot +9.5
Horseradish +6.8
Kohlrabi +5.1
Potatoes +2.0
Red Radish +16.7
Rutabaga +3.1
Summer Black Radish +39.4
Turnip +8.0
White Radish (Spring) +3.1

Avocado (Protein) +15.6
Fresh Lemon +9.9
Limes +8.2
Tomato +13.6

Non-Stored Organic Grains And Legumes
Buckwheat Groats +0.5
Granulated Soy (Cooked Ground Soy Beans) +12.8
Lentils +0.6
Lima Beans +12.0
Soy Flour +2.5
Soy Lecithin (Pure) +38.0
Soy Nuts (soaked Soy Beans, Then Air Dried) +26.5
Soybeans, Fresh +12.0
Spelt +0.5
Tofu +3.2
White Beans (Navy Beans) +12.1

Almonds +3.6
Brazil Nuts +0.5

Caraway Seeds +2.3
Cumin Seeds +1.1
Fennel Seeds +1.3
Flax Seeds +1.3
Pumpkin Seeds +5.6
Sesame Seeds +0.5
Sunflower Seeds +5.4
Wheat Kernel +11.4

Fats (Fresh, Cold-Pressed Oils)
Borage Oil +3.2
Evening Primrose Oil +4.1
Flax Seed Oil +3.5
Marine Lipids +4.7
Olive Oil +1.0

Foods you should only consume moderately

(In Season, For Cleansing Only Or With Moderation)
Apricot -9.5
Bananna, Ripe -10.1
Bananna, Unripe +4.8
Black Currant -6.1
Blueberry -5.3
Cantaloupe -2.5
Cherry, Sour +3.5
Cherry, Sweet -3.6
Coconut, Fresh +0.5
Cranberry -7.0
Currant -8.2
Date -4.7
Fig Juice Powder -2.4
Gooseberry, Ripe -7.7
Grape, Ripe -7.6
Grapefruit -1.7
Italian Plum -4.9
Mandarin Orange -11.5
Mango -8.7
Orange -9.2
Papaya -9.4
Peach -9.7
Pear -9.9
Pineapple -12.6
Rasberry -5.1
Red Currant -2.4
Rose Hips -15.5
Strawberry -5.4
Tangerine -8.5
Watermelon -1.0
Yellow Plum -4.9

Non-Stored Grains
Brown Rice -12.5
Wheat -10.1

Hazelnuts -2.0
Macadamia Nuts -3.2
Walnuts -8.0

Fresh Water Fish -11.8

Coconut Milk -1.5
Sunflower Oil -6.7

Unhealthy Acidic Foods
– Try to avoid them!

Meat, Poultry, And Fish
Beef -34.5
Chicken (to -22) -18.0
Eggs (to -22)
Liver -3.0
Ocean Fish -20.0
Organ Meats -3.0
Oysters -5.0
Pork -38.0
Veal -35.0

Milk And Milk Products
Buttermilk +1.3
Cream -3.9
Hard Cheese -18.1
Homogenized Milk -1.0
Quark -17.3

Bread, Biscuits (Stored Grains/Risen Dough)
Rye Bread -2.5
White Biscuit -6.5
White Bread -10.0
Whole-Grain Bread -4.5
Whole-Meal Bread -6.5

Cashews -9.3
Peanuts -12.8
Pistachios -16.6

Butter -3.9
Corn Oil -6.5
Margarine -7.5

Artificial Sweetners -26.5
Barley Malt Syrup -9.3
Beet Sugar -15.1
Brown Rice Syrup -8.7
Chocolate -24.6
Dr. Bronner’s Barley
Dried Sugar Cane Juice -18.0
Fructose -9.5
Honey -7.6
Malt Sweetner -9.8
Milk Sugar -9.4
Molasses -14.6
Turbinado Sugar -9.5
White Sugar -17.6

Ketchup -12.4
Mayonaise -12.5
Mustard -19.2
Soy Sauce -36.2
Vinegar -39.4

Beer -26.8
Coffee -25.1
Fruit Juice Sweetened
Fruit Juice, Packaged, Natural -8.7
Liquor -38.7
Tea (Black) -27.1
Wine -16.4

Canned Foods
Microwaved Foods
Processed Foods

For a more detailed listing of the relative Ph Levels of many more food items, go to:

Soy and Breast Cancer warriors

Some studies have looked at how soy affects the risk of breast cancer. And those studies tend to suggest that a diet high in soy is protective against developing breast cancer. The concern in cancer survivors is that soy has some estrogenic properties, so to women with hormone-receptor-positive cancers there’s some concern that soy could actually contribute to recurrence. So, I usually tell my clients that they don’t need to avoid soy completely after a diagnosis of breast cancer, but I would not recommend megadoses of soy or specific supplements that include soy.

I would add that, at this point, soy foods in moderate amounts, of intake which would be typically no more than 1 to 2 servings a day of soy foods such as tofu, tempeh, soy sauce, or soy beans are considered part of a healthy diet and even acknowledged by the American Cancer Society as being safe for breast cancer survivors.

As I said before, good nutrition is very important part of the healing process but not the only factor. In holistic medicine we see life as “Whole” and we consider all aspects of your life as important.

Keeping a healthy mind is KEY for overall health and healing.

Please, take a look at the alternative article written by Bernie Siegel: Waging a War Against Cancer Versus Healing Your Life

Be well,

Renata langner,
Holistic Health Practitioner
Registered Yoga teacher