Please Welcome Guest Blogger David Haas: The Benefits of Exercise For Those Undergoing Cancer Treatment 

 

I recently had the honor and privilige of meeting David Haas who is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

 

David has recently been researching and writing about how beneficial cancer support networks and also staying physically fit is to people going through treatments, in remission, and even family members of cancer patients.

 

David wanted to share this important information with us to not only encourage those who are fighting cancer, but the family members that surround them. 

 

 

Improve Your Quality of Life With Exercise

 

Exercise is an important part of maintaining good health, preventing the development of chronic diseases and maintaining a healthy weight. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, or any other form of cancer, incorporating exercise into your regular daily routine can help improve your quality of life and prevent other conditions from developing.

 

Bone Health

 

As you age, your bones lose mass naturally and the mass must be replaced by consuming a higher amount of calcium per day. Calcium helps to build and strengthen bones and teeth. Exercise also increases bone health by challenging your bones to carry more weight, building bone strength. Cancer treatment causes your bones to loose strength, increasing the risk of fractures and developing osteoporosis. The best exercises for bone strength are weight-bearing exercises. To reduce your risk of injury, consult with your physician before beginning any exercises.

 

Improving Energy

 

Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy can leave you feeling drained. Eating the right foods and keeping physically active can help combat fatigue and give you better sleep at night. According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, regular physical activity can boost your endurance and improve oxygen circulation in your body. Exercise also improves the way your lungs and heart work, preventing you from tiring out easily while exercising. To take advantage of a quick energy boost, take a walk during the day for at least 30 minutes, three times per week.

 

Helpful Routines


If you’re new to exercising, you may not know where to start. The easiest way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine is to make a schedule with two 15-minute exercise routines. Fit them into times where you are not distracted, such as when your kids are at school. Remember to start off gradually. Start with a brisk walk and then build your way up to running. If running isn’t your thing, try dancing. Turn on a song you like and dance around.

 

Heart Health

 

Eating heart healthy foods such as olives, almonds and avocados can improve your blood cholesterol levels, lowering your risk of heart disease. Even if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it is important to retain good nutrition and a healthy workout routine to protect your heart. Regular exercise strengthens your heart, improves your blood circulation, and reduces your risk of developing heart disease. The more active you are, the less your heart will have to work to adequately circulate your blood. Exercises that increase your heart rate such as running, bicycling, swimming, and dancing are all helpful in protecting your heart. In addition, studies have shown that taking part in cardiovascular exercises regularly helps shed unwanted pounds and reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

 

Thank you, David, for your compassion and willingness to share with us!


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:20:00 PM

Mr. Omega-3, Will You Marry Me? 

 

 

As I sit in Canada at the table studying the molecular composition of fat, I come across a section that knocks my socks off. The structure and benefits of essential (our body cannot make on it's own) Omega 3.  

 

I see Omega-3 (also known as alpha-linolenic acid) on egg cartons and fish and I know it is good for me, but it wasn't until I read WHAT it does in the body that I get why I need it. I wanted to share it with you and maybe you will be as giddy about it as I am and add it into your diet.

 

The Benefits:

 

Helps make Eicosanoids ( class of hormone like substances) that are crucial chemical regulators in the body.

Improves rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, some skin conditions

Reduces symptoms of colitis and Crohn's disease

Type 2 diabetes: reduces hyperinsulinemia and insilin resistance

Cardiovascular disease: lowers triglycerides and raises HDL cholesterol, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure.

Reduces severity of Alzheimers. depression and bipolar disorder

  

Where you can find it:

 

Flax seed has the highest amount overall

Plant foods

Fatty fish: salmon, tuna, mackerel

Canola Oil, Soybean oil

Walnuts

 

Now I find that fascinating! And how amazing the power of eating right and literally getting healthy.

 

If food can add this much to your health also keep in mind how much bad food can take away so eat right. Food is fuel and I believe we can get what we need by eating the right foods in the right amounts. I hope you enjoyed this information as much as I did.  

 

Please check with a physician before taking any type of supplement or doing extreme diet changes. Pregnant women especially should make sure they stay within recommended amounts.

 

Sources: Nutrition by Paul Insel, Don Ross, Kimberley McMahon and Melissa Bernstein

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 1:32:00 PM