Our lab was buzzing with activity yesterday……we made Rectal Rockets which is a special suppository designed to heal hemorrhoids in 3 days or less. It is more comfortable to use and more effective than a traditional suppository because of its unique design. Your doctor can prescribe a customized Rectal Rocket formulation for you. We also have formulas for treating systemic pain and anal fissures.
Colorectal cancer and its treatments can often impact the way the body digests foods, fluids and absorbs nutrients. For patients and survivors, incorporating healthy, plant-based foods and lean protein into your diet can help your body stay strong and nourished during and after treatment.
Many of the side effects of colorectal cancer and treatment – diarrhea, constipation, unwanted weight loss or weight gain, appetite changes, heartburn, fatigue, low blood counts and increased risk of infection – can make it hard for you to give your body all the vital nutrients it needs. Here are some tips for which foods to aim for and which to avoid:
- Fill your plate with lots of fruits and vegetables. There is no one winner; each color family is ideal because they are packed with immune system-supporting nutrients. Dark green leafy veggies, mangos, berries, and melon (like cantaloupe), are healthy choices and can be a great snack.
- Drink water and stay hydrated. This can aid in digestion and ease side effects like constipation and fatigue. Try infusing your water with berries or lemons if plain water is not appealing.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol. This can also help to improve energy and many medications do not mix well with usual amounts of caffeine and alcohol.
- Try minimally processed dairy foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D, such as plain Greek yogurt. The probiotics in these foods can be helpful for digestion.
- Look for whole grains like steel-cut oats, quinoa, and brown rice, which provide fiber and important vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium and folate.
- Stay away from excess sugar. An ideal colorectal cancer diet is similar to that of a diet for diabetes patients; eat often, include a protein source and limit processed, refined carbohydrates, sugary drinks and desserts.
- Eat small, frequent meals. This can make it easier to get all the nutrition you need when dealing with appetite or weight changes, and may also help the body ease digestion and absorption. Small, frequent meals are a great strategy for symptom management beyond appetite changes, like fatigue, reflux and diarrhea.
High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor to stroke and the highest to heart disease. In honor of #NationalHeartMonth, we are sharing how changing diets can be helpful for building heart healthy families. Make this the month that you start putting your heart first.
A diet developed to lower cholesterol also lowers blood pressure, and the diet has a greater effect than another commonly recommended for lowering blood pressure, researchers reported in a new study.
The “portfolio diet” combines a range of foods previous research has shown lower cholesterol, such as mixed nuts, soy, plant sterols found in vegetable oils and leafy vegetables, and viscous fiber such as oats, barley and eggplant.
“Dietary approaches have been found to be as effective as the starting dose of the average single blood pressure medication,” said Dr. David Jenkins, a professor of nutritional sciences and medicine at the University of Toronto.
“Overall, research has shown that plant-based diets emphasizing foods higher in protein, oil and fiber reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.”
This amazing Phase 1 safe guacamole tastes WONDERFUL and would be a worth addition to any potluck or family meal!
1 large bunch of asparagus, trimmed, steamed and cooled
1 large or 2 medium cloves of fresh garlic
1/2 – 1 TBS Chili Powder (depending on spice preferences)
1 Tsp ground cumin
2+ tsp of Ideal Salt or Sea Salt (to taste)
1.5 TBS lime juice (fresh or bottled)
2-3 cups fresh pico de gallo*see note*
1 bag IP Garlic & Fine Herb Chips or IP Nachos
In a bullet blender, puree asparagus, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and lime juice. It may need scraping and tapping down, as it will be thick.
Scrape asparagus mixture into a serving bowl, and mix in pico de gallo**. Adjust seasonings and lime juice to taste. Serve chilled with Garlic Chips or Nachos
Pico de gallo – I prefer this basic recipe.
1 medium tomato, diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 green onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Directions: In a medium bowl, combine tomato, onion, jalapeno pepper (to taste,) cilantro and green onion. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir until evenly distributed. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.In a medium bowl, combine tomato, onion, jalapeno pepper (to taste,) cilantro and green onion. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir until evenly distributed. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Going through any weight loss program .. diet or exercise.. requires a lot of hard work. If you are working very sincerely on this task that will require you to make tremendous sacrifices. Your eating habits, social life will be put on hold for a some time.
Before you jump into it ask yourself: Is loosing weight worth the sacrifice, AM I WORTH IT?
We only make sacrifices for the people we love, you would be willing to move heaven and earth for sake of your children or your loved ones without even realizing that you are making a sacrifice
Are you willing to make diet-related sacrifice? or Do you see it as Deprivation.
If you feel it as deprivation then you are not ready for the change. There are few ways of making this sacrifice…
- Consider diet an adventure with yourself and to find out who you really are
- Where there is joy there is pain
All the people that were successful in with weight loss challenge, whether they saw the diet as treatment or an adventure, came to realize that they loved themselves enough and found themselves again. In the end i would say there are only 2 ways to go on a diet: one is dragging along all your baggage and perpetuating your status as victim or with Compassion or Empathy by taking a step back from your problems and take action out of SELF-LOVE because it’s your life.
Ideal Protein….Because its your life Dr Tran Then Chanh