The 2019 Metabolism Conference discussed how metabolites regulate the growth of tumors and cancer cells on our bodies. With this, if you are one of the cancer survivors, you must take care of yourself even more. In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital to keep your immune system in top shape. Here are some tips on how to increase your metabolism and become stronger and healthier after being declared cancer-free.
Watch Over Your Diet
Now that you are cancer-free, you must always pay attention to what you eat. There may be some types of food you’re no longer allowed to eat. Eat less junk or processed food, and incorporate more fruits and vegetables on your diet. The American Cancer Society recommends that cancer survivors do the following:
- Eat 2.5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day
- Choose healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish)
- Eat proteins that are low in saturated fat
- Choose healthy carbohydrates, such as whole grains, wheat, etc.
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water
- Take multivitamins
Those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 are people who have low immune systems, senior citizens, and people who are recovering from certain diseases. It is highly recommended to stay at home if you do not have anything important to do. If you need to go outside, use surgical masks to prevent getting anything on your face. Bring also alcohol or hand sanitizers – you’re not sure that everything you have contact doesn’t have that pesky virus! Lastly, when you get home, take a shower immediately.
Be Active Through Exercising
Get yourself on the groove by doing a daily exercise, even for just 15 minutes! Exercise helps boost your metabolism and speeds up your recovery. While you cannot go outside to jog or go to your nearest gym, you can create your exercise routine, depending on your needs. There are several apps you can download and will offer you several routines to choose from and do.
Other benefits of engaging in a regular exercise will lessen your anxiety, improved sleep, reduced fatigue, and higher self-esteem.
Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep lowers your immune system. Hence, you’re vulnerable to get several diseases like COVID-19. Sleeping will rejuvenate your whole body, and it will help speed up cell turnover. It will also help you function well the next day. Doctors recommend having eight to ten hours of sleep.
To get a good night’s sleep, be sure not to drink any caffeinated drinks at least 8 hours before going to sleep, avoid contact with your gadgets one hour before bedtime, and stick to a regular sleeping schedule. To maintain a good sleeping habit, make sure to follow your sleeping schedule intact even during the quarantine.
Don’t Stress Too Much
Some cancer survivors are excited to get back to work after getting discharged out of the hospital. But do take note that you must tone down with all the work because stress can make an overall effect on the physical, mental, and emotional health of a person.
If you’re stressed with what’s happening around you, doctors highly recommend doing some breathing exercises to help you calm down. If you’re feeling down about the discrimination you get because of your disease, find a support group that will understand what you’re feeling and what you’re going through. Having someone who listens to your problems will make you feel better in a lot of aspects.
As a cancer survivor, you are at high risk and susceptible to COVID-19, so it is vital to take the utmost precaution. These are some suggestions to keep yourself healthy and sane in these difficult times, as they say, better safe than sorry.