Glioblastoma Nutrition Diet

A glioblastoma multiforme is a grade four brain tumor. It is a type of astrocytoma that grows at an aggressive rate in the human brain. Because treatment for this type of cancer includes radiation therapy and chemotherapy, the best supporting diet is one that helps your body process these intense treatments.

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Liver Support

Your liver is vital in processing the toxins generated by chemotherapy and radiation. Thus, as the main organ responsible for detoxification, it’s important to do all that you can to help ease its workload. According to the LiverDoctor.com, some of the best foods for your liver are raw fruits and vegetables, which the site suggests should constitute 30 to 40 percent of your diet. Lemons, beets and milk thistle can also help your liver process toxins. In addition, avoid fatty or fried foods and sugars.

Alkalize

Another way to help your body eliminate toxins is to eat alkalizing foods. According to Dr. Robert Young, MS, D.Sc. Ph.D., you can combat toxicity, or acidity, by integrating more alkalizing foods into your diet and drinking plenty of water while avoiding foods that are acidic. Acidic substances include tobacco, alcohol, meats, dairy, grains, high-sugar fruits and breads. In contrast, raw foods, pure juices and wheatgrass are very alkalizing and can help your body process the chemicals you are consuming.

Fiber

According to Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical Center’s Brain Tumor Center, one of the main side effects you may experience from your medication is constipation. Thus, it’s important to include high-fiber foods into your diet. Raspberries, pears and apples with skin, strawberries, bananas, oranges, dried figs and raisins are fruits high in fiber. Artichokes, cooked peas, boiled broccoli, boiled turnip greens and cooked Brussels sprouts are all high-fiber vegetables.

Considerations

Be sure to consult with your doctor to determine what type of diet and vitamins are best for your particular situation. Regular exercise may also help your body work through the toxins. However, be sure to avoid over-exertion.

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