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What Is the Best Diet for Someone to Avoid Oral Cancer?

21 March

What Is the Best Diet for Someone to Avoid Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers around the world. Foods rich in oxidants prevent repair of the damage caused by adverse agents like tobacco, spicy food etc and have a role in cancer Causation. The nutrients absorbed from diet not only help to perform body functions but also help to repair the damaged cells.

It becomes difficult for people to eat certain food items when having any pre-cancerous lesions in the oral cavity, especially spicy and solid food. In this article, we will discuss the best diet to reduce the risk of oral cancer.

Eat small meals at small intervals of time

You must eat small meals during the day at small intervals of time. You can divide your meals six to eight times and eat foods having high calorific value. You can eat foods such as avocado, eggs made in olive or canola oil, etc.

Add colorful food items to your plate

You can try smoothies because they are rich in proteins and will give you the required calories. People who cannot swallow properly can use smoothies to boost their energy and increase calorie intake. Smoothies can help to fulfil your protein requirements. You can also eat colourful fruits such as watermelon, carrots, etc to boost your immune system. If you feel difficulty in swallowing coarse or rough foods due to mouth sores, you can try soups, mashed foods, and purees. You can also use skimmed milk or non-acidic fruit juice to make your smoothie with a thin consistency.

Eat foods rich in anti-oxidants

People suffering from cancer should try to include foods rich in antioxidants in their diet as anti-oxidants help to fight against free radicals and cancer-producing cells in the body. Vitamin A and antioxidants also help to combat the bad effects produced by radiation and chemotherapy in the body.

Avoid fats, sugar, and alcohol intake

People suffering from oral cancer must avoid intake of fats, sugar, and alcohol. These foods contain empty calories and in some people are also responsible for producing more cancer cells in the body. Sometimes strong aromas of the food can lead to nausea and vomiting in people suffering from oral cancer. Such patients can avoid eating hot foods and they can consume cold foods. Prefer eating fish, eggs, poultry, cheese and avoid red meat. Other items you can eat to fulfil your requirements include milkshakes, ice-creams, and puddings. Anyone who has a change in taste can try using lemon drinks that will stimulate saliva and taste.

Drink more water

People undergoing chemotherapy should drink more water. It is necessary for people with mouth sores to drink more fluids. They can drink water, soups, milk, tea, etc. If your doctor does not ask you to restrict fluid intake, you must try and drink at least 8-10 glasses of fluids per day. You can drink fluids slowly instead of drinking a full serving at a time. You can make your shakes using a blender and can include fresh fruits, yoghurt milk, protein powder, and fruit juices.

Include berries of all kinds

Oral cancer patients must include different types of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries in their diet. They are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients and they help in fighting against cancer cells. The constituents present in berries also slow down the growth of cancer cells.

Fish

You can include fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Fish is rich in proteins and helps in quick recovery.

Add leafy vegetables to your diet

People suffering from oral cancers must include leafy or cruciferous vegetables in their diet as they are a rich source of constituents that help to fight against cancer. The constituents found in these vegetables also help in slowing down the growth of cancer cells in the body.

Add citrus fruits

Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and reduce the risk of oral cancer. Vitamin C also helps in boosting the immune system. Fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons are rich in vitamin C. These fruits also have other properties that help to fight against cancers. You can eat citrus fruits by adding them to desserts because that helps to neutralize their acidic effect.

Olive oil

It is found that olive oil is also useful in preventing the growth of cancer cells. Therefore, people suffering from oral cancer must use olive oil in preparing foods. It can help in boosting immunity as well. Use steam and baking techniques to make food and avoid frying and grilling.

Oral cancer can be avoided by cessation of harmful habits like smoking, chewing tobacco and consumption of alcohol. Changing diet can be the easiest way to fight cancer and its symptoms. People who eat a good diet can improve their health and also contribute to the positive results from the treatment to a large extent. We at CARE Hospitals offer cutting-edge oral cancer treatment, delivered in a comfortable and supportive environment.

Dr. Avinash Chaitanya S

Consultant Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
MBBS, MS (ENT), Fellow in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
CARE Hospitals, HITEC City, Hyderabad

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