Kidney cancer patients should Include these 9 kidney-friendly foods in their diet along with following the recommended lifestyle changes in their treatment plan.
Kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located in the abdomen that are protected by the lower rib cage. The main function of these fist sized organs is to filter the blood and remove the waste products, salt and excess water. Some of the other functions include helping control the blood pressure as well as making sure that the body has enough red blood cells. Kidney cancer is a disorder when malignant cells start growing in the kidneys; in other words, the cancer starts in the kidneys. Even though the exact cause of kidney cancer is unknown, there are certain risk factors such as smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure associated with it.
According to the statistics provided by the American Cancer Society1, there will be around 61,560 new cases of kidney cancer and about 14,000 of people will die due to this disease this year. It is very uncommon to be diagnosed with kidney cancer when you are younger than 45 years. Fever, fatigue, blood in the urine, weight loss, lump in the abdomen, and pain in the side are the symptoms of kidney cancer. The stage of your kidney cancer is determined by measuring the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread beyond the kidney. Once you are diagnosed with this cancer, your treatment will include one or a combination of methods like radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, and embolization.
Eating a well-balanced diet is very important during as well as after the kidney cancer treatment. Not only does a balanced diet help you with gaining the much-needed calories, but it also provides you with the right amount of minerals and vitamins. There are a number of recipes available online if you or your loved one is suffering from kidney cancer. However, there are a few healthy foods that you can include in your diet because they have proven to be very kidney-friendly.
Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable that is rich in vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds found in vegetables and fruits which help you by breaking up the free radicals in the body before they can do much damage. In fact, many phytochemicals promote cardiovascular health as well as fight and protect against cancer. There are so many ways to include this vegetable in your diet; just steam it, add a bit of butter or cream cheese, season it with pepper and make it a delicious side dish. It is a great food to include in your kidney cancer diet because it is very affordable.
Nutritional Information: Every half cup of cabbage contains 9 mg of phosphorus, 6 mg of sodium, and 60 mg of potassium.
Ever heard of ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’? It is an expression that has been around for a long time because apples contain numerous nutrients. They are known to prevent constipation, reduce the risk of cancer, protect against heart disease, and reduce cholesterol. If you are suffering from kidney cancer, an apple a day may actually keep the doctor away because it is high in anti-inflammatory compounds and fiber. Eat them raw, turn them into applesauce, stew apples, make baked apples, or just drink plain apple juice. You can also pair them with walnut and salad leaves and whip up a spectacular apple salad.
Nutritional Information: One medium-sized apple has 158 mg potassium, 0 sodium, and 10 mg phosphorus.
There have been studies that have proven that populations that use large amounts of olive oil have lower rates of cancer and heart disease. Olive oil contains very high amounts of antioxidant compounds and polyphenols that prevent oxidation and inflammation. It is also a great source of the anti-inflammatory fatty acid, oleic acid. Use this oil in your salad dressings, for marination purposes, or for dipping bread. It is advisable to buy virgin or extra virgin olive oil due to the fact that they are higher in antioxidants. So ensure that you use olive oil for cooking when you are diagnosed with kidney cancer.
Nutritional Information: 1 tablespoon of olive oil contains no phosphorus as well as less than 1 mg of potassium and sodium.
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