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What are the way’s to strengthen immunity in Cancer treatments?

“How should the nutrition of cancer patients be? "What are the foods that strengthen the immune system of patients receiving chemotherapy?" Here are the answers...

In addition to quality and healthy lifestyle, nutrition can be effective in protecting against important diseases such as cancer. A rich diet of vegetables and fruit, non-smoking life, regular physical activity and healthy body weight protection provides a 40% reduction in cancer development. Nutrition is also very important for patients who are receiving cancer treatment.


Memorial Antalya Hospital, Department of Nutrition and Diet Dyt. Berna Ertuğ, suggests strengthening the immune system with nutrition for cancer patients.

The immune system is a highly complicated system involving many cells and organs. Thanks to this system, individuals are protected from cancer and many other serious diseases. People with a healthy immune system are resistant to disease. However, in the event of weakened immunity, even innocuous microbial diseases can lead to vital loss.

These 12 proposals should be considered for a strong immune system and increase in quality of life to help protect the body from important diseases.


  1. A healthy immune system is a healthy diet. To consume natural foods prepared in healthy conditions in appropriate quantities form’s  protective shield for the body.
  2. Raw vegetables and fruit have the ability to shield against illnesses.Vegetables and fruits help reinforce the immune system through their natural vitamins and other antioxidants.
  3. Food hygiene is important. After the vegetables and fruits are washed, they should be kept in circulating water for 15 minutes then consumed.
  4. Adequate protein intake during the day is necessary for a healthy immune system. It is very important that animal proteins and plant proteins are consumed in a balanced manner.
  5. The protective effect of probiotics should be exploited. Foods such as yoghurt and kefir play a role in the healthy functioning of the gastrointestinal system’s immunity.
  6. Water is a source of life. Thanks to its salt and minerals, sufficient water consumption during the day provides a positive contribution to the immune system.
  7. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices should be preferred instead of ready-made beverages.
  8. Sufficient sleep is necessary for health. Not only sleeping long enough, but "good quality" sleep is also important for the healthy functioning of the immune system.
  9. Regular physical activities are necessary for body resistance.
  10. Positive and plenty of laughter, provides the body with healing.
  11. One should not be in smoke filled areas. No Passive exposure to cigarette smoke is also important in terms of overall body health.
  12. Ideal weight should be preserved. Fast weight loss as well as weight gain can weaken the immune system. Unconscious , quick weight loss diets should be avoided.


What should cancer patients pay attention to when they eat?

  • At meals, vegetable-derived foods such as cereals, beans, vegetables and fruits should be present.
  • For protein needs; atlas one meal should consist of fish, lean meat or chicken.
  • It is recommended to eat dark coloured foods frequently because dark coloured items are rich in antioxidants.
  • In general, weight control with moderate dieting is essential for healthy eating.
  • Seasonal fruits and vegetables should be consumed at least 5 servings each day.
  • You need to drink at least 2-3 liters per day.
  • If diarrhoea is present, it is necessary to avoid cucumber, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, cauliflower and cabbage.
  • If you suffer from mouth sores and swallowing difficulties, you can use sour and acidic fruit juices like tomatoes (sauce or juice), orange, lemon, grapefruit, raw and hard vegetables (like crackers, toast, bread crumbs) salty foods should be avoided.
  • Raw meat products such as raw meatballs, raw bacon, salami should not be consumed.
  • Instead of frying and roasting, methods such as boiling, grilling or baking in the oven should be preferred.

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