There is so much truth to the fact that we are what we eat; eating healthy is so very important in our lives.
I learned several years ago (16 years to be exact), when I was caring for my Mom who had Cancer, the importance of antioxidants. At the time, I didn’t know much about the benefits of antioxidants, until I met with my Mom’s Oncologist. To be honest, when he opened up and shared his knowledge of “you are what you eat”, I found myself in shock, as I was so used to hearing more about the drugs they were trying to feed into my Mom. For an Oncologist to look outside of the box and share with me something so very important was a true Gift.
He took me aside and told me, “you need to increase your Mom’s antioxidant intake; this will help her immune system.” We all know, that when going through chemotherapy, not only is it trying to kill the Cancer, but it tends to damage our other healthy cells. It is up to us, to do what we can from a nutrient perspective to help our bodies heal as well.
He shed so much light on the topic for me; it wasn’t about changing tradition, or disgracing the fact that my parents both ate meat, it was simply trying to give me options to HELP my Mom live longer.
I forgot to mention, during this conversation, my Mom was considered, “terminally” ill and was not given much time to live. Now I’m not going to say, “why didn’t someone teach me this sooner”, as that is not what this post is about. This is about sharing how food, can actually help the process of living a better quality of life.
Once I quickly found more information, quickly put together an intense antioxidant diet for her, I brought her home from the hospital knowing the Doctors had only given her 48 hours to live.
To bring some positive into this story, my Mom actually lived an entire month after I started feeding her a high antioxidant diet. I was able to have more time with her.
After learning more and more over the years, I have found so many different types of food and supplements that help. We need this more than ever today!
Here is a little list that may help you build your immune system, which we all should be focusing on during these times.
Here is my helpful list:
Vitamin B6 and B12
Building our immune systems, does help. It may not be a cure, but it does help in one way or another.
Jacqueline Burke, Author – Eating Healthy