The Metabolic Approach in Conjunction with Standard of Care
I wanted to start this discussion thread to look at the benefits of using a metabolic approach in conjunction with the standard of care for the management of breast cancer. This would encompass discussions on Nutrition and Lifestyle practices as well as why these practices enhance the effectiveness of standard of care treatments and mitigate side effects from those treatments.
My personal experience using these practices has decreased my disease burden significantly in a relatively short period of time and without the typical side effects from the treatments I am receiving.
So, what are the practices I use? Nutritionally I follow a therapeutic keto plan (low carb, moderate protein and higher fat), with a shortened eating window (I typically eat within a 6-hour window, which is achieved by eating 1-2 nutrient dense meals a day). This allows me to have ketone readings between 1.5-3.0 Mmol. From my research having a body that fuels itself with ketone bodies is a very good way to create a chronic stress to cancer cells and makes their survival unsustainable.
Activity wise, I do 2-3 weight/resistance sessions a week and vary the types of workouts (balance, free weights, Spinning, resistance bands, Reformer Pilates). In addition I make an attempt to get up and move every hour. One thing we have done this year to stay motivated is we joined a virtual challenge called ‘Run the Year.’ Neither of us are runners but we do enjoy walking and hiking. Those miles also count. We are doing this as a team and figured we could achieve 2021 miles by walking at least 4 miles a day. Being active and using both cardio and resistance training press a variety of metabolic pathways that allow the body to function in an optimal manner. Cancer cells alter these metabolic pathways for their own survival. So, by regaining more optimal metabolic pathways, again it creates stress in the cancer cells and makes it harder for them to survive.
In addition to all of this I incorporate infrared sauna sessions a few times a week. I do this for the relaxation and detoxification. And it is my understanding that cancer cells don’t like heat.
I would love to hear how others are using metabolic approaches for managing their cancer