On the one side, there’s cancer. On the other, your radiation treatment. Then there’s YOU… stuck in the middle… and getting absolutely hammered by both.
Sometimes, it’s not always clear, which is hurting you more. Because as bad as cancer is, many folks report the treatments can often be much worse.
But today, I’ve got what every cancer patient facing the sickening side effects of radiation therapy is looking for—a simple way to ARM yourself and FIGHT back.
New research reveals a natural “kitchen cure” that could help you avoid damage to your gut. And that not only may make the treatment easier to take but potentially help prevent the long-term chronic issues that many cancer survivors are forced to live with.
Best of all, it’s an everyday breakfast staple that tastes GREAT, especially this time of year.
The OAT BRAN secret to SAVING your stomach
When a case of cancer requires radiation aimed right at your midsection, it won’t just attack nearby tumors. It can harm healthy tissues, too, including damaging your stomach and gastrointestinal tract in the process.
Making matters worse, patients are generally told to stick to a low-fiber diet during treatment. It was believed that fiber can make the bloating and diarrhea that often accompany radiation even worse.
But new animal research has revealed a BIG downside to this approach. When a no fiber diet was tested against one with fiber during radiation treatment, something unexpected happened.
Instead of helping, the no-fiber diet was linked to a jump in inflammatory cytokines. That can cause the inflammatory damage from radiation treatments to be even worse.
But mice given fiber from oat bran were protected from the inflammation. They had lower levels of those inflammatory cytokines at EVERY key point in the study.
Roll back radiation damage with fiber
Experts say in humans, those low levels of inflammation should translate into less damage to the gastrointestinal tract. And this would make the radiation treatment far easier to manage, while also helping to head off some of the long-term side effects.
Now don’t forget, this was a study on mice, not people. So we can’t say for sure yet that the results would work out the same in us.
But all evidence points that way. And there’s every reason to believe inflammatory cytokine levels will drop in human cancer patients who follow this path too.
If you’re undergoing radiation for cancer, talk to your doctor about your own diet options. If he wants you on low fiber, get the specifics, including precisely how much and the best options. And to make sure your levels don’t go TOO low, ask about including oats and oat bran in your plan.
It’s a balancing act. But as the new study shows, getting that balance right could help save you from pain and misery during your treatment and for many years after.
And if it’s chemo side effects your battling, they can be squashed naturally too. Click here for the vitamin secret to a smoother chemo.