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Natural Ways to Detox Your System After Chemotherapy or Radiation

By Britta Aragon on August 28, 2009 | 52 Comments

There’s a cleaning process going on in your body everyday. The intestines, liver, and kidneys are all involved, whisking away toxins from the environment, stress, and the food you eat—waste products that, if left in the body, can build up and cause problems—and flushing them out where they can no longer pose a threat.

If you’ve been going through chemotherapy or radiation treatments, however, most likely you’re system is overloaded with waste products. Excess toxins are known to cause fatigue, stomach bloat, headaches, muscle aches, poor memory, a suppressed immune system, even bad breath. Chemotherapy drugs are quite powerful and fill the body with toxins; radiation can damage healthy cells and create toxic buildup; even cancer cells themselves become toxins as they wither up and die.

“In addition to eliminating chemical toxins and heavy metals from the body,” says the New Hope Medical Center in Arizona, “cancer patients need further detoxification support in order to remove the toxic load that comes from the death of cancer cells.”

Of course there are products out there you can buy, and you can try colonics (read our post about those here). But for those of you who want to detox in the comfort of your own homes, we’ve gathered a few suggestions. Try them out, and see if they help you feel better.

Detox Baths: Your grandma may have told you about the benefits of an Epsom Salts bath. Hot water opens the pores, allowing perspiration to take toxins away, as well as increasing absorption of nutrients such as magnesium and sulfate (in the salts), which help generate enzymes that clean up the body. According to Jordann Rawls, writing in the Yoga Examiner, adding ginger to your Epsom salt bath will open pores of the skin and further aid in eliminating pain. Baking soda helps neutralize the effects of radiation, sesame is great for de-stressing, and vinegar helps soothe joints and tendonitis. (Find recipes here.)

Water: It’s the most natural way to flush toxins out of your body. Drink at least 7-8 glasses a day, preferably purified.

Live Juices: According to, live juices can rejuvenate, heal, and help flush away toxins. “Fruit and vegetable juices are the cleansers, energizers, builders, and regenerators of the human system,” they say. Try a combination of kale, spinach, carrot, cucumber and a bit or ginger and parsley.

Exercise: It gets the heart pumping, which circulates blood, moving toxins out of the body. It also encourages perspiration, which decreases toxins, and makes you thirsty, so you’ll drink more water.

Fiber:It “sweeps” the digestive tract clean, and speeds up elimination, which means waste products are in your body for a shorter amount of time. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains.

Dandelion: Many herbs are known to stimulate detoxification in the body. Dandelion is one, used in traditional Chinese medicine as a powerful liver tonic. Try a daily cup of dandelion tea, some dandelion greens (full of nutrients), or this smoothie recipe. You’ll find other liver-cleansing recipes here. Other foods that support healthy liver function include lemons, apples, beets, and carrots.

Contrast Therapy Shower: Dr. Nancy Steely, a licensed Naturopathic Physician, recommends this shower to increase circulation and detoxify the body: Take a hot shower for 1-2 minutes, then turn the hot water down (or off) and stand under the cold water for 10-20 seconds. Follow this with 1-2 minutes of hot water, then another 10-20 seconds of cold water. Repeat once more, ending with cold water, and step out and dry vigorously. (Be sure to wait until treatment is finished for this detox therapy, when your skin is stronger.)

Remember to always check with your primary physician before you start any detox regime.

Do you have a favorite way to detox? Please share with us.

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52 Comments to “Natural Ways to Detox Your System After Chemotherapy or Radiation”

  1. Three Popular Detoxification Methods says:

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  2. Val says:

    I drank some Burdock Root tea after I was done chemo and also exercising helped. I could tell the tea and exercise was working cause I sweated everywhere. I broke out in pimples but that went away gradually.

  3. Britta says:

    I’m glad to hear that those remedies helped you after chemo. Sweating is a great way to get rid of toxins and whatever way we can do that is great. Thank you for sharing Vel – Britta

  4. Willie says:

    I’ve been detoxing and all the chemo symptoms came back so I have to slow down and get it out of my system faster. Durdock Root as well as milk thistle and dandelion root have also been recommended. Gotta get some. I’ve had rashes, hot flashes, headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue. It only shows me how important it is to get the toxins OUT.

    Thanks for the article.

  5. Britta says:

    Thanks for commenting Willie! I’m glad to hear that you are working hard on detoxing and please let me know if you need any additional resources. I’ve also done posts on some of the symptoms you are describing offering remedies to cope. Feel free to reach out at any time. Best, Britta

  6. Lucille Humphrey says:

    Good Evening! My boyfriend is a cancer survivor of 4 years and he still has problems with the metal taste in his mouth; especially if he touches anything cold, goes swimming and during sexual orgasm. What can I do to get him back to normal!

    Thanks for all insight!


  7. Britta says:

    Thanks for reaching out Lucille! Congrats to your boyfriend and his survivorship. Check out our post on coping with metal taste Also, encourage your bf to see a doctor about the other symptoms he is having. I hope this helps. – Britta

  8. Lucille Humphrey says:

    Thanks Britta!
    The post is very informative and educational. I wan’t to do all I can to help him get back to normal and I need to know what can he do to help salvage and or restore his salivary glands?

  9. Britta says:

    Hi Lucille, I’m glad that you found our post helpful. I honestly do not have enough information to comment on his condition and I will do some research on this subject and write a post on it. For now, it is best to ask his doctor as they are the best source for this right now. Let me know how you do and check back for the post. Thanks, Britta

  10. Brenda says:

    Both during and after chemo, I drank a lot of water. I have friends who did not and some of them are having kidney problems. One of them is on dialysis and another had to have a kidney removed. I also believe that drinking water during and immediately following a meal would dilute the nutrents. Therefore, I would drink plenty of water 2-3 hours after the meal. I am cancer free and the doctors said my progress has been astonishing. Thanks Brenda

  11. Excellent post! while radiation and chemotherapy cure our bodies let’s not forget about our mind and soul.

  12. Britta says:

    Absolutely! Thank you for commenting with this inspirational message! -Britta

  13. Keo says:

    I’m during the Chemo course, and I can’t take any fruit and juice, so any thing else can help me faster detox, do the green tea and ginger tea can help?
    Thanks you

  14. Adriana Palhares says:

    Great detox info
    Very informative

  15. Brooke Varzan says:

    As a former cancer survivor, 8 years out and still trying to get my body back I have discovered a great doctor, Dr. Payam Hakimi who is in Beverly Hills that has a great detox program for survivors. I’m finally getting my body back. It’s too lengthy to explain but it is much more complex to do and surprisingly not that costly.

  16. stefan says:

    Any further info please brooke?

  17. clodagh snoek says:

    All the advice seems very good and as I’m only four weeks from finishing chemo/radiation having also had surgery prior to that I am keen to detox. I have a green superfood supplement which I add to a juice daily, it consists of equal amounts of dried spirulina/chorella/kelp/wheat grass/barley grass/beetroot/spinach. I found between my surgery & treatment it increased my strength and sense of well being but I stopped as I had my chemo/rad treatment due to concern of contraindications. Through out my treatment I supported my system also with Aloe Vera & stayed with a healthy diet adjusting it a bit as treatment got harder and effected my bowel temporarily. I feel diet is so very important through out treatment and to continue caring for oneself with fresh nutritious foods you like and can prepare yourself. Good health all & thanks for the info, a lovely site :)

  18. Britta Aragon says:

    I applaud you on your efforts to keep your body strong through your treatment! You sound like a very strong and brave person. You gave your body the nutrients and fuel it needed to battle the cancer and to withstand the treatments. Good for you! Please keep us posted on how you’re doing. Light and love your way!

  19. Sharon says:

    I have the HPV virus which turned into anal cancer – I did two rounds (5 days each) of chemo and 2 months of radiation therapy. I just finished the radiation therapy today- it burned my backside, AND my front side. I was told to use silvadine creme, take vicodin and aleve for pain and inflamation and to continue with sitz baths. I wont find out if the cancer is gone until November when the gastro dr will perform an endoscopy to see if the cancer is gone. I would like to know what I do about the burns to my body and also I need to know if I should start to detoxify now or wait for the affects of the radiation to eradicate the cancer,

  20. Sharon says:

    I finished radiation and chemo therapy yesterday…and need to know how to get rid of the awful sulphur/metal taste. I am eating with plasticware…and drink plenty of water and green tea. I cant tolerate the smell…please help.

  21. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Sharon. I’m so sorry to hear you’re suffering with the metal taste side effect. It’s very common after going through certain types of chemotherapy. Good for you for using the plastic ware. I have some other tips on another post—check it out: You’ll find other recommendations like sucking on hard candies or sugar-free gum between meals—may help smother the smell. (Try lemon drops.) Try a non-alcoholic mouthwash and maybe some flavored seltzer water. I’ve also heard watermelon helps. Other suggestions—lemonade, apples, dark chocolate, frozen yogurt. Eat more often and drink all the time. Realize that the side effect will fade between treatments. Good luck and let us know how you’re doing!

  22. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Sharon. Are you the same one that wrote in about the metal taste? Either way, I’m very sorry to hear about the anal cancer. You have really been through it lately, haven’t you? It sounds like you are staying strong and doing everything you can to take care of yourself. My heart goes out to you, and I wish you strength in continuing this fight! As for the detox, yes, I would wait until after your November test. For now, just focus on rebuilding your body and soothing the discomfort. Have you tried my Rescue & Relief Spray for the burns? You can find it at It’s made of all natural ingredients and if you store it in the refrigerator, it will feel very cooling.

    I have a post here about other options to help cool radiation burns– You can also try aloe-based sunburn cooling gels, and check with your medical and home health supplier for soothing hydrogel sheets and packs that are made especially for cooling radiation burns. Keep the skin moist with natural vitamin E, emu oil, and calendula, which by the way, is in my soothing Restorative Skin Balm, which may also help.

    Keep trying until you find something that works!

  23. Hi,
    I had breast cancer stage 3 in Sept 2009, started chemo for 5 months Dec 2009, finished April 2010, Operation June 21st to remove metal marker,after 10 mammograms same day as surgery, couldnt find tumour and t all lymph under left arm was removed no cancer cells left in breast, refused radiotherapy and hormone tablets. Review 8 months later Jan 2011 mammogram found something suspicious, biopsy 10 more mammograms during 2 and half hours, found new tumour not hormone receptive, had alternative treatment mega doses of vit C weekly, B 17 by IV and bicarbonate of soda by IV, bio-identical hormone treatment, melatonin, progesterone cream, iodine, thyroid T3,T4 tablets, Magnesium baths, cinnamon and ginger tea,
    Had thermal imaging scan in August, some evidence of tumour still, carried on with alternative treatment, Transfer Factor 6 a day and Bellevie to cleanse the breasts internally. Two sites opened up on my breast and toxins poured out for 2 weeks, sites healed up. Dec 2011 thermal scan showed no cause for concern. March 2012 operation scar opened up and had an abcess there. 5 months later still bleeding, the two sites have been bleeding now for two weeks, bright red blood daily. Been putting Bach Rescue Cream, Aloe Vera fresh from the plant and now Centella Asiatico powder mixed with colloidal silica. Surgeons response IT WILL NEVER HEAL, referring to the operation scar back in June. I am treating myself and have been for 2 months now. Oncologist wants me to have another mammogram. Definitely not. Not possible for thermal imaging as covered area with dressing at moment.
    I am visualising my breast as completely healthy and my healing process though slow is thorough and will be completed before too long.
    I believe that the excessive radiation to my breast caused my second cancer and has contributed to my problems since.

  24. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Susanne. Thanks so much for sharing your story. You are obviously a fighter! I admire your tenacity in sticking with your alternative treatments. Studies have shown that radiation can increase the risk of secondary cancers, so you could very well be right about your second cancer. I am concerned about your wounds not healing, however. I would recommend a section on this topic in my book, When Cancer Hits (148-149). (Available here:

    On those pages I talk about how radiation and chemo can cause delayed wound healing. You may benefit from the book if you choose to get it. Some of my suggestions include talking to a naturopath or dietician about your nutrition—there may be some nutrients that you are low in, and a correction could help you to heal. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

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  26. Ria Swift says:

    Dear information seekers,

    I’ve had cancer 3 times and was healed through energy medcines the 2nd and 3rd times. I highly recommend for anyone still suffering with cancer or the diagnosis to check into some good healing work where your emotions will be checked for the underlying causes of cancer. Unfortunatly medicine does not do this not do most alternative treatments. Be aware that there are many alterantive treatments but most do not cure cancer. You need to find someone who works on the energetic level of your being to do this. It is why alt. treatments get a bad rap in healing diseases. If we don’t unlock the system where it is stuck the most healing can often be painful or non existent. Herbs do not this, nor does diet. Both are beneficial but be aware that your psychology creates your biology. My 2nd and 3rd cancers were gone within a month, tumor shrinking before my hands. I could feel them diminishing. I am not here to promote my work but you can contact me if you like. I am happy to inform people. Also check out and for frequency based remedies. Happy days to you all. In love, Ria

  27. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Ria. Thanks so much for sharing your story! I believe as well that our emotions can truly affect our health. Scientific studies have proven that positive emotions heal, while negative ones can delay recovery and even create conditions in the body conducive to disease. I am very happy for you that you found something that worked against your cancer. Three times! You are a true warrior!

  28. Rebecca says:

    I had breast cancer in 2009. Lumpectomy followed by chemo then radiation. I had a shoulder injury in April 2012 and now both my shoulders and sometimes my upper arms ache. I have sharp pain in my shoulders. Could this be caused by left over toxins? My white cell counts have remained low around 3.5 and my doctors have no nutritional knowledge, which is ironic since it is so important! They don’t know why it’s still low, even after running test. I take vitamins but what else would you suggest?

  29. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Rebecca. Good for you for getting through your breast cancer journey! While toxins may be contributing to your pain, I tend to gather through your explanation that a lot of it may be muscle based. I don’t know the details of your shoulder injury, but breast cancer surgery tightens those muscles, and sometimes it can take years to loosen them up again. You need to do a concentrated effort on it, however. Check out my friend’s story—Laura had breast cancer too, and turned to yoga to help her relieve the tightness and pain after her surgeries. ( I would also try regular massage if I were you—just find a practitioner who is skilled in oncology massage. (Read more about this from my friend, Morag Currin:

    As to your blood counts, I can’t guess what might be causing that without knowing more, but I would suggest you get a second opinion on it, as that is critical to your health. We all need a strong immune system, and particularly since you have had cancer once already, you are more at risk for a recurrence, so you want to do everything you can to get that count back up. I would see another doctor, and also consider seeing a nutritionist or dietician. Don’t give up until you figure out what’s going on and how to fix it. Don’t accept less than that, okay? Good luck to you!

  30. Michelle says:

    Thank you for this information. I am now one week past 6 rounds of three weekly chemotherapy for breast cancer with surgery due middle to late January- I have juiced throughout in addition to bathing with Epsom salts , bentonite clay and magnesium baths in the two weeks between chemotherapy. I have stayed fairly well with lots of chakra work and meditation – I also have flax, chia and vit D, astragalus , fresh ginger , turmeric, wheatgrass and acupuncture. I would like to step up my program but am concerned my system won’t be able to cope – I can’t bring myself to try coffee enemas. My oncologist believes the chemotherapy has gone well – lymph nodes are no longer swollen and the tumour is less than half the size it was – i can cope with losing a breast but im terrified of losing lymph nodes and skin grafts. My liver and kidney functions are fine. If there is one thing chemotherapy has taught me it is to be kind to myself which I never was. I would welcome any suggestions you have to improve my detox – I bought chelating tablets but I’m not sure when I can begin to use these- maybe another week?
    Kind regards, Michelle

  31. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Michelle. I am not a doctor, but my number one piece of advice would be to listen to your intuition. I can tell from your email that you intuitively do not believe you’re strong enough yet to be doing more detox. If that’s the case, then please don’t do it yet. You’re already doing so many things to help keep your system strong—great job, by the way!—and I’m sensing that you feel if everything doesn’t go perfectly it will be your fault. Take some of the pressure off yourself, and listen to your body. It knows what it can handle right now and what it can’t. I would definitely wait on the coffee enemas. Some other safe detox methods would be dandelion tea and buckwheat. I would also recommend adding rosemary and gingko to your diet somehow—studies have found that they protect cells from damage. Otherwise keep doing what your doing and go easy until you’re through the hard stuff and suitably recovered. Best of luck to you!!

  32. clodagh snoek says:

    I’ve only just come back to this site after a year and a half since treatment & on reading some of the posts cannot emphasis enough the benefits of aloe vera in limiting the burn from radiation treatment. I had no burn after 5 weeks of daily doses of radiation and my consultant was impressed as was I.
    It’s strange reading back my comment and I had actually forgotten I’d written it as I’d had so much communication over during and post treatment I’ve since put a lot behind me. I still take the Marvelous super foods I started to use and also evening primrose with vit E for menopausal tropical moments and to help support my skin elasticity or lack of it now I’m 51….but life is good I’m a new woman and grateful :)

  33. clodagh snoek says:

    Just to add to my post and on reading some of the peoples posts, I also supported my treatment with continuing my yoga classes & meditation throughout treatment and am blessed to have a wonderful kind sensitive teacher but also very importantly as yoga’s not for everyone I went regularly to a cranial sacral therapist I’ve been having treatment with over many years due to trauma & this is very supportive for the tissue/muscles/joints etc and I recommend it if it’s possible….love to you all who are making this difficult but life changing journey.

  34. Britta Aragon says:

    How wonderful to hear from you again! Thank you for giving us an update on your progress—and such an encouraging update, as well. You let us know that we can persevere, and we can continue to enjoy life. So glad to hear that aloe vera helped you reduce the burning from the radiation. I found it very helpful during my dad’s cancer treatments, as well. Very glad to hear you’re using yoga and meditation to support your healing. I, too, find both to be very helpful in keeping me centered and relaxed. Thanks for encouraging us all to get the help and support we need when facing such great challenges in our lives. My continued best to you!

  35. carlota bazan says:

    My sister just had her right breast removed,about 6 days ago becos of invasive cancer…can she go to a detox center..its a japanese hot floor theraphy…

  36. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Carlota. I’m sorry to hear about your sister’s cancer. I trust she’s on her way to recovery? I’m not personally familiar with hot floor therapy, but I know some spa treatments can be harmful after cancer treatments. I would check with the spa and ask them if they have experience with cancer patients. Here’s a post on the subject that may help. Best of luck to both of you. (

  37. Md says:

    I finished 12 rounds of chemo 2 days ago. Although i am supposedly cancer free, i am going through a lot of depression. Is this normal? Shouldn’t i be elated to be finished? I don’t understand what’s happening to me.

  38. James T says:

    People who are exposed to toxins everyday are greatly overloaded with toxins/free radicals. The best way to support your liver and its detoxifying functions is by supplementing with the right ingredients. I have found SunRQ-3 to be a great heavy metal/toxic cleanser. It has some great ingredients like spirulina scientifically studied in Chernobyl to remove radiation toxicity, fucoidan known for its anti-cancer properties, green tea, vitamin c and more. you will find all about their formula.

  39. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, James. Thanks for passing along the recommendation!

  40. Britta Aragon says:

    In answer to your question—YES, it’s totally normal. I was surprised by how I felt after cancer treatments were over, too, but don’t worry. A lot of cancer survivors feel the same way. We go through the treatments and the trauma, and then when it’s over we’re supposed to feel hunky dorey, but it doesn’t work that way. You’re experiencing something similar to post traumatic stress disorder, and after 12 rounds of chemo, it’s to be expected. In addition, your body has been fighting a powerful cocktail of drugs and is probably really depleted, which doesn’t help the situation.

    My main suggestion—get some help! Please! It can be an online support group, a therapist, a dietician, or a local support group. Try art therapy, music therapy, journaling, blogging—whatever works for you, but do something. I talk more about my struggle with this here:

    If you’re thinking you may need a change of scenery, check this out:

    AND, here are some suggestions for other programs that may help. Best of luck!

  41. lisa says:

    How long to you need to do these detox systems for?

  42. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Lisa. Most of the methods I suggest here you can do on a regular basis with minimal risk. Drinking 7-8 glasses of water a day is a good daily practice no matter what. Taking an Epsom salts baths you can do anytime for as long as you like, and contrast showers are also helpful anytime. Regular exercise is a good daily practice. If you’re not used to eating fiber, it’s best to start slowly and build up your intake over time. Live juices may cause digestive discomfort if you’re not used to them, so again, start slow, but once you add these into your diet you can continue. I still enjoy a green smoothie on most days, for instance. Dandelion tea is really tasty I think, and won’t hurt you at 1-2 cups a day. Where you need to exercise caution is on more serious detox diets that require you to limit calories or encourage more radical digestive flushing. I wouldn’t recommend these until you’re feeling stronger and only under the supervision of a doctor.

  43. Nurun Nahar says:

    I am breast cancer survivor, mastactomy have done 8th December,2012. and then I went Dr. Advani in Mumbai. He investigate me and there was triple negative. So he gave me 2 cycle of 8th Chemo. 2nd cycle was Taxol.when I have taken 4rth chemo, my menstration was off and finished my chemo 28th June,2012. BUt still now it come back, also pain in my joint. Radiation is not need for me.
    Now I want to know how I will know that I am danger over and I have had any germ? How I will come back my menstration? I am serching net and got natural way like persely tea, apple juice is recovery menstration and fertility. But it is not succes. Please help me. I am also want to know what will be my daily food and how time after I will construction a breast and is it good for me????????
    Please give me guide. I amm a public health specialist in ICDDRB.

  44. Nurun Nahar says:

    Sorry I want to add some missing. I was suffering ductal carcinoma i my left breast. suddenly I saw a hard thing and dr find out it’s a tumor. for that reason it had cutt or mastactomy. It was 2013. Sorry there was written 2012.
    I want to get my menstration and I am not married.

  45. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Nurun. First of all, I’m happy to hear you’ve made it through all your treatments and you’re now on your way to recovery. I would refer you to your doctor to answer all your questions, but I would also say to give your body time. These things always take longer to heal than we think they should. For me, it was many months before I started to bounce back, and actually, sometimes it takes years to really regain your full health. Yoga has proven very helpful for many of the survivors I’ve talked to–especially in helping to loosen up the tightness that can occur after mastectomy. Reconstruction is a very personal decision. Find a good doctor and ask all the questions you have. It can be a lengthy process, but if it’s important to you, it’s probably worth it. As for the menstruation, it might help to talk to a fertility doctor. There is some recent research that suggests Tamoxifen, which is used to prevent breast cancer recurrence, may help to stimulate ovaries, but it has other side effects too, so again, something you need to talk about with your doctor. Try to take it one day at a time, and find professionals who will really listen to you and help you out. Best of luck to you!

  46. sgt donald rutledge says:

    helpful information I needed this, thank you

  47. Lynda says:

    Do you know if the detox to rid your body of THC would work for chemo?

  48. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Lynda. Without knowing more about the specifics of the detox, I’m not sure. Always check with your doctor or naturopath!

  49. Carol Vandermeer says:

    Hi. My oldest brother Bud, has stopped his chemotherapy because it almost killed him. He has trouble finding food that tastes good to him. He hardly eats anything. I’m applying Young Living Essential Oils 3 or 4 times a week. I would like to more often. What would you suggest to be most important to eat or increase his appetite? We lost one brother to cancer in 1981, I don’t want to loose another! Please help! Thanks so much! Carol Vandermeer

  50. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Carol. So sorry to hear about your brother’s struggles with treatment. It can be so hard. As far as what to eat—really, if he’s having that much trouble, it comes down to what is appealing. When you don’t have an appetite that’s all that matters. I found with my father that aromas became more important, so stewing things before the meal—like maybe chicken in a crockpot or a gentle stew—were more appetizing for him. Anything that smells good can help increase appetite. I would also recommend you connect with Jonny Imerman’s Angels. I have a post about him here: He survived cancer and has created a great organization that links people who have survived cancer with those who are fighting it. You can get some great recommendations that way from someone who’s been there. Good luck and all my best to your brother! Meanwhile, don’t forget to take care of yourself, okay?

  51. Lev James says:

    Hello, I had stage 2 rectal cancer diagnosed over a year ago. I went through a 1st round of chemo alongside radiation for 5 1/2 weeks. Followed with surgery to removed a small section of colon/rectum about 4 inches long. I followed it with another round of chemo which was 8 treatments total. The first treatment was intense and I was sick and also constipated for 11 days. I had never been constipated a single day in my life but it took that long for me to get another bowel movement. That first treatment included a steroid that they think was the culprit and immediately removed it from my treatment. However, after I began bowel movements again, it was all diarrhea. I was having 10 to 16 bowel movements a day. We brought it under somewhat control with a drug called Lomotil which I take to this day. Under control means 6 or less bowel movements a day. My treatments ended in december of 2013. However, I still have very loose stool in my bowel movements. Also, my metabolism has changed. I used to process a meal in about 12 to 24 hours. Now it seems to take 3 days to move a meal out of my system. I’m really worried that my intestines ability to remove water from my stool and their ability to break it down and pass it has been seriously damaged. How can I get my intestines back? I think there must be someway to get the damage done in a cellular level repaired. What can I eat? Ironically the best things to eat such as fruits, vegetables, greens, fiber, all lead to more intense diarrhea. Any support would be appreciated.

  52. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Lev. Man, that sounds like a very tough round of treatments. Good for you for hanging in there. I’m sure you’re right that your intestines have taken a beating and need some super healing power. Keep in mind I am not a doctor, but my thoughts…I was just writing on coconut oil. It has powerful antibacterial properties and is often recommended for treating ulcers. Worth a try–a little in your morning smoothie? I would also suggest a regimen of probiotics. Drug treatments wipe out all the good bacteria in your gut. To replenish it, I think you may need a good probiotic supplement. You can also eat more yogurt, kefir, kombucha tea, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso—all good sources. You may also want to talk to a dietician if you haven’t already? My best to you—keep fighting!

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