While there is no special diet that will cure or treat Amyloidosis, both healthy eating and following doctor-recommended restrictions are essential.
According to Myeloma UK, eating a healthy diet increases energy levels, maintains muscle strength, boosts your immune system and helps recovery after treatment. As you can see, making healthy choices makes sense. But easier said than done, right? Eating a healthy, balanced diet can be tricky for anyone. When your stress levels are high, and you feel horrible, making those necessary changes can be daunting. Because the disease affects everyone differently, your unique situation will determine the dietary suggestions that are made for you.
HERBAL TEA FOR AMYLOIDOSIS
Our treatment is not intended to completely treat the disease but rather to slow its progression and relieve the various symptoms of the disease. Indeed the natural remedy that we offer consists of plants with anti-inflammatory properties. It will also purify your blood and its diuretic properties will be beneficial to you if you have a disease of the kidneys, lymph nodes and spleen. For people suffering from affection to the nervous and cardiovascular system these plants will restore the functioning of these different systems. Our treatment is an all in one for the treatment of amyloidosis.
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DIET VS AMYLOID
A balanced diet is very important for the body's energy supply. Although amyloid is a protein, changing the amount of protein consumed does not affect the course of the disease. However, you may need a special diet depending on the symptoms and organs involved (e.g. kidney or liver damage). The issue of the necessity of introducing nutritional restrictions should be discussed with the attending physician. A dietitian's advice can also be helpful.
Facing these dietary changes isn’t easy. Here are a few tips to ease the transition.
- Look at it as a challenge. Use it as an opportunity to try new foods, test out different cooking methods, and experiment with healthy recipes. Keep an open mind and try new things.
- Focus on the foods you CAN eat rather than on the foods you can’t. Doctors and dieticians tend to give you lists of the foods you can no longer enjoy. While necessary, focusing on the things you can’t have can be depressing and overwhelming. Try to shift your focus and make a list of all safe foods and meals you can continue to enjoy. Having a go-to list on hand is useful when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
- Meal plan, prep, and batch cook. Having ideas on hand makes mealtime easier. Some days you’ll have more energy than others. On those days, make extra and freeze and prep for other meals, so things will be all set for you when you’re feeling low.
- Eat frequent, small meals throughout the day. Not only can it help if you’re feeling nauseous, but it also keeps you full and helps to avoid cravings. If you wait until you’re starving to eat, you’ll be more inclined to make bad decisions.
FOOD MENU FOR AMYLOIDOSIS
- Eat whole foods and cook from scratch. Although it is more time consuming, cooking from scratch allows you to control the amount of salt.
- Experiment with different spices and herbs to add flavour to your foods.
- Add an acid when cooking, like a squeeze of lemon juice or vinegar to brighten flavours.
- Pay attention to sauces, gravies, and salad dressings as they can contain a surprising amount of sodium.
- Fill a water bottle in the morning, and drink from it throughout the day to help you keep track of your water intake.
- Keep a log (at least at the beginning) until you get an idea of how much fluid you are taking in, and don’t forget to include things like jello, watery fruit, and ice cream.
- Adjust the ratio of protein to vegetables in your recipes. Add more vegetables and starches to dishes such as soups and stews, to stretch it out and make it seem more substantial.
- Think of vegetables and grains as the main dish, and protein as your side dish
- You may have to cut out certain foods or supplements if they interact with the medications you are taking. For example, green tea and high dose Vitamin C can interfere with Bortezomib (Velcade) and make it less effective. Your doctor will give you a list of foods and supplements to avoid. Follow the recommendations carefully, and be sure to check with your medical team before adding any over the counter medications or supplements to your diet.
- If your kidneys are affected, your levels of electrolytes and minerals will be closely monitored. Your kidney care team will make recommendations based on your levels. For example, you may have to avoid high potassium foods or those with high calcium levels.
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