5 Ways A Cancer Coach Can Support Someone With Cancer
A cancer coach is someone who walks alongside a person with cancer to support and advocate for them every step of the way on their healing journey, from formulating therapeutic protocols, to setting reasonable goals, to being a listening ear. Support is given in a variety of areas, including nutritional and lifestyle strategies, detoxification techniques, stress management and targeted supplementation. A cancer coach can be invaluable to someone with cancer, as well as a support to their family.
Cancer Coach: 5 Areas Of Focus
1. Nutritional Therapy
Nutrition has a profound effect on physiology and metabolism. Eating right for your metabolic type is never more imperative than when you have cancer. It’s vital to get adequate nutrition to give the body the building blocks necessary to fight the disease. Dialing in macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs) is critical for optimal energy production, which is needed for repair, detoxification, and healing.
You’ve likely heard that it’s recommended for all people with cancer to go on a vegetarian diet, cutting all meat from their diets. That’s a great strategy if your individual metabolic type supports that type of eating. But, what if you happen to be a Fast Oxidizer (one of the six metabolic types] whose metabolism thrives on meat? There’s no one diet that is right for everyone, and this concept holds true for people with cancer.
Determining your unique metabolic type is a foundational piece of the puzzle when it comes to health and dysfunciton because the right nutrition, along with the correct macronutrients, have a powerful effect on biochemistry, the oxidative system, and the autonomic nervous system.
One such effect includes the ability to think more clearly, which is indispensable during a health crises. Uncovering and eliminating hidden sources of sugar, which feeds cancer, is also part of a nutritional therapy protocol, as is assuring enough quality protein is consumed for healing and repair.
Excess weight is a risk factor for imbalance and dysfunction, including cancer. Eating for your metabolic type helps to balance the oxidative rate, or the rate at which energy is burned inside the cells, and promotes a healthy body weight. This is significant because adipose tissue is inflammatory. Eating right for your type balances hormone levels, decreasing insulin and cortisol. Too much insulin is inflammatory, and elevated cortisol puts the body in a catabolic state, causing it to breakdown, which is the last thing you want when facing cancer.
2. Exercise Strategies
People with cancer are often lethargic, which makes it difficult to exercise. A coach can offer advice and support. There are certain types of exercise that don’t raise cortisol levels, yet balance hormones and promote fat loss by reducing insulin levels.
Having a coach in your corner can keep you motivated and accountable in adhering to a consistent exercise routine, and can meet you where you’re at individually in terms of your fitness and stamina. A coach can also educate you on the favorable impacts exercise has on bodily systems, and cheer you on in terms of your progress, and on days when quitting seems the better option.
Education is a great motivator. Most people like learning about the mechanisms behind certain therapies. Once they know how they work, it’s easier to be compliant. Exercise is preventative, so establishing good habits while you have cancer, will go a long way in preventing your cancer from returning once it’s in remission. It will also help you maintain a healthy weight, decreasing your chances of developing a chronic disease in the future.
Supplementation, as part of a holistic cancer protocol, is critical to building and strengthening the immune system. When the immune system is functioning at full throttle, the body can heal itself. This is the foundational goal of a holistically-based disease-fighting protocol, to strengthen the body so it can do its job.
Digestive support, high-dose enzyme therapy, and vitamin and mineral supplementation are a few key players, with functional lab testing playing a valuable role in determining what supplementation is the most appropriate and will best support the body.
It’s paramount the body gets adequate nutrition, but also that it’s able to absorb and assimilate the nutrients coming in. It’s truly amazing how many healing therapies you can make in your own kitchen, including liposomal vitamin C and essiac tea. There are many others as well. It’s possible to fortify your body, following natural healing protocols, from the comfort of your own home.
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Toxicity is a risk factor for cancer because toxins interfere with normal physiology. Detoxification promotes healing, enabling the body to function as it should, while freeing vital resources so the body can heal and repair. EMFs, poor air quality, environmental toxins, GMOs, toxins in body care and cleaning products, all play a role in the development of disease. Finding ways to minimize exposure is essential, as is mitigating the damage.
Detox is much more than a two day juice fast, rather a targeted detox protocol that utilizes natural therapies to cleanse the liver, lymphatics, and blood stream. Infrared saunas, rebounding, ozone and red light therapy, along with parasite cleanses and coffee enemas are just a few strategies to help the body release toxins. There are many more strategies, and all can conveniently be done within your own home on your own time schedule.
Metabolic Typing is a detox therapy in itself because when the body is nourished and gets enough minerals, it begins to release heavy metals from the cells. Exercise helps the body detoxify as well, not only through sweating, but by making more ATP. The more energy the body can make, the faster it can heal itself.
Self-care is also a form of detoxification because it lowers stress hormones, putting the body in a state of repair, rather than breakdown, promoting restful sleep and good digestion. When the body is in a state of balance, it can achieve homeostasis, whereby systems in the body can function together harmoniously. This is the ideal environment for healing.
5. Stress Management
Fighting a disease is a significant stressor. It not only takes a toll on the body, but also the mind and the emotions. Finding effective ways to deal with and manage stress is a key component in a holistic protocol. What works one day to reduce stress, may not be as enjoyable the next, so having an arsenal of stress-management therapies is key to keeping stress levels manageable. Cancer is a wake up call for many people, often bringing up negative feelings that have long been buried because they were too painful to deal with. These feelings and emotions need to be dealt with so they can be released. A coach can be invaluable in this area, employing a holistic approach that encompasses body, mind, and soul.
For these reasons, it’s imperative for anyone with cancer, to find ways of managing stress. Removing the source of the stress would be ideal, unfortunately that’s not always possible, so management is the next best course of action. Not only is cancer a physical and emotional stressor on the person that has it, it also negatively impacts the partners, children, and caregivers.
Adequate nutrition, a low-sugar diet, quality protein, regular movement, eliminating toxins, and supplementation all reduce stress, as does self-care, getting enough sleep, and dealing with uncomfortable emotions. Forgiveness is also fundamental for releasing toxic emotions. It’s important for all of us, but especially those with cancer, to understand the consequences of stress and its effect on healing.
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Targeted lifestyle changes are powerful and their effect on the immune system should not be underestimated. The infamous saying, “Two heads are better than one” has never been more applicable than when a cancer patient and cancer coach walk together on a journey of healing.
Do you or someone you love have cancer? Would you like someone to share the journey with? Let me know in the comments:)