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How to Build Your Immune System after Chemotherapy

Updated on September 26, 2013
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The Benefits of Good Health

After my recovery from cancer and chemotherapy, I decided to rebuild my health to have a strong immune system that is better and stronger than it ever was. Every day I discover new theories and techniques that will help improve my overall health. Attaining good health requires a conscious effort, hard work, and a lot of trial and error but is clearly worth it. Making the effort will lead to increased energy, fewer health problems, and great looking skin. Becoming healthy will always be a work in progress but once you begin you will wonder what took you so long to care about yourself and focus on your health.


What Can You do to Improve Your Immune System?

There are numerous things you can do to improve your health and quality of life. The goal should be gradual improvement rather than an all or nothing approach. Here are some easy ways to attain that goal:

  • Eliminate or reduce sugar
  • Eliminate or reduce processed foods
  • Meditate
  • Reduce stress
  • Add more fruits and vegetables
  • Drink wheatgrass juice
  • Exercise
  • Laugh
  • Change to skincare products and cosmetics that are chemical free
  • Change to chemical free cleaning products


What I Learned so Far on My Health Journey

  • Changing personal-care products is a gradual process so you have to be patient. For example, chemical-free shampoo doesn't lather at all, and that safe deodorant might be completely clear of all toxins but you may find it crumbles everywhere and makes a huge mess when it is actually used. And it really can be a challenge to find safe nail polish but it definitely possible.

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  • It is possible to force down a green smoothie even with wheat grass juice in it, but only when you mentally prepare for a truly horrible taste. I believe in being healthy in the most efficient way - so I try to ingest as many nutrients as possible in one vile but healthy concoction. And eventually I did learn to enjoy my green smoothie.

  • Eating healthy isn't compatible with a "normal" social life, but you have to try to find creative ways to make it work. On a recent vacation our friends wanted to eat only at fun steak and pasta places - but I just wanted to go to a place called "Living on the Veg" every day. My happy compromise was simply to spend time with them on the beach or going on a bike ride, and not choose to eat with them.

  • Fellow hubbers provide an amazing support system!! Every comment and new fan mail lift my spirits and keep me motivated to stay on the road to good health.

  • Most days I still dream of devouring a medium-rare steak, a potato covered in sour cream and butter. and a huge piece of chocolate cake along with a few glasses of wine.

  • Don't make a green smoothie near the white blinds in the kitchen. I now have to find a chemical free cleaner to make my green and white blinds white again.

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  • Eating healthy can motivate your children to do the same. Sometimes they even become such converts that they yell at you if you fall into the old habit of offering them something unhealthy (though unfortunately they don't resist much, so don't rely on them to motivate you!).

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  • It may take a while, but It can actually become exciting to research and implement new health concepts to see if they work.

  • There are so many ways to enjoy life that don't revolve around food, such as laughing with your family, going for a walk with your spouse or friends, reading a good book, or going to a restaurant that has healthy options.

  • It helps a lot to laugh about the crazy things you try on your road to health. Humor makes everything easier!

It helps to keep a good perspective on things, and focus on all the great things you CAN eat, rather than dwelling on what you should avoid. I have found some great recipes right here on HubPages, and am eager to try all of them. Even if you don't decide to make a drastic and dramatic lifestyle change, small gradual improvements can add up to a significant benefit. Cheers to good health!!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Kathryn! I'm so glad you share my interest regarding health.The goal is to make realistic gradual improvements that work with your lifestyle and it sounds like you have. For me it is definitely a work in progress with a lot of trial and error but at least I'm finally focusing on it even if out of necessity. Thanks so much for your kind words and support!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love the subject of health, and I strive to be healthier and stronger often. Right now I am working on different aspects of my diet, exercising more, and I am finding ways to use natural ingredients in my daily life, as far as hair and skin goes.

      Good luck with your healthy lifestyle, and thanks for an informative hub!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      You are right sharingknowledge and we need to look at it as caring for our bodies and giving them what they need. Thanks so much for taking your time to read and comment. Hope to see you again!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      It is a challenge truthfornow but small gradual changes are a good place to start. Thank you for your support and kind words!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @skin rocka04...Putting more effort into health does become a necessity as you get older and you are right that it's never too early to start good habits.I really appreciate the vote and share! Hope you stop by again!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks Rebecca!

      I elaborate more in some of my other hubs so decided to include a general overview in this one. Dogs will insist that you exercise and with three you must get a lot! Thanks so much for the vote and share! Hope to see you again.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Brett! You are absolutely right. If I try to be perfect I get discouraged and give up but viewing it as making improvements has made it possible for me to stay on track. It takes time but eventually your body craves things like fruit. Never thought I would get addicted to my frozen wheatgrass in the mornings..LOL Always appreciate you stopping by and the share,pin, and tweet:)

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      SHAR NOR 4 years ago from Miami, FL

      True, without good health, the human body is nothing. Thanks for sharing.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      It is hard to change your ways but well worth it. Thanks for this encouraging hub to keep us all on the path towards a more healthy life.

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      shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

      Eating well, regular exercise, and getting solid sleep is definitely more important as you age. the earlier you realize it, the better. Great hub. Sharing and voting up.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I like your quick reference check list, and this is a really good looking Hub. Well, health-wise, as the mother of 3 big dogs, I get my exercise, and I am sure those guys are adding years to my life. I vote this up, and am sharing.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Great hub. It is all about making SOME changes, rather than none. I've also made a conscious decision to improve my diet and fitness. While this isn't a strict plan, actually making the move is making a difference. I have also noticed that fruit is becoming something I want to eat, instead of something I should eat lol.

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Good point alocsin...It is definitely better to put in the effort your own way! Green smoothies are much better than other alternatives. Thanks so much for the comment and vote!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You either make time for your health, while you have the choice of what to do. Otherwise, your bad health will force you to make the time in more unpleasant ways. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Arun Kanti...You make a good point that it is a challenge to break old habits when we are surrounded by advertisements tempting us to get the food that looks and tastes good but is unhealthy. Thank you so much for your kind comment and support! It made my day!!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Arielqiao...I like that saying! Good point that good health doesn't stop there but is a springboard for getting everything you want out of life. Thanks for the motivation and for taking the time to read and comment. I hope to see you again!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Changing the mindset takes time while taking a journey to healthy life style and food habit. Thanks to the advertisements tasty junk foods are galore and one is easily tempted.Go slow and steady and you will win the race.

      Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to renew my pledge to stay positive.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      L.L. Woodard...Thank you so much for your kind comment. Everyone is at a different point in their journey to good health and sometimes I take a step backwards and its OK as long as I go forward again. It is a work in progress and I continue to learn new things that will benefit my health. It's become almost like a hobby I enjoy but also a necessity for me. I wish you the best of luck as you take your journey to good health and thank you so much for the vote and share!

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I envy you your commitment to your optimum health, but certainly don't envy your bout with cancer that must have been an underlying factor in your lifestyle changes.

      As you said, becoming healthy and remaining that way is a journey. I've begun down the path, but you are miles ahead.

      Voted up and Share.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      midget38...Everyone is a work in progress . I'm adjusting to that wheat grass taste finally but can't say I like it. Thank you so much for the vote and the visit!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Some really great tips, healthy life. You're right, change has to happen slowly. Yes, wheat grass isn't so bad!! All my blessings! Votes up and away.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @mperrottet...I definitely get off track at times and have to get right back on. Sense of humor helps so much with everything. Thanks so much for stopping by and the vote!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      It may not always be easy to stay on a healthy food track, but it sure is worth it. Thanks for this interesting hub - I love that you are keeping your sense of humor about the whole health thing. Voted up, interesting, useful and funny.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @the girls...I so much appreciate your kind words and the visit! It's great you like vegetables and they are definitely good for keeping weight in check...a definite bonus! I find my kids ask for smoothies although they prefer the ones with mostly fruit which I understand. Thanks for the vote!

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      the girls 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Your strength inspires me healthylife2! You are a winner and you will always be.

      I happen to love the weird tasting vegetables - and learned to eat some of it raw. It's healthy and keeps my weight in check too. And the best part is, my girls mimic my eating habits which makes me happy. Hope they keep doing so.. :-)

      Thank you for writing this hub. Voted up!

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      DeborahNeyens...

      Vile is an understatement! On the weekends only I buy the shots of wheat grass because that can be consumed quickly but does get expensive. Thanks for the lemonade suggestion...sounds like a plan! Thanks for the comment and kind words!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I enjoyed reading about your journey to good health. First of all, congratulations on your recovery from cancer. Second, thanks for sharing your great tips. But am I the only one who doesn't find wheat grass juice to be completely vile? Try it in lemonade; it's really refreshing on a hot day.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Great tips we all should follow.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Rajan jolly...Thank you so much for the support and positive feedback!! I appreciate it! Yes..healthy eating is a work in progress.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      healthylife, staying positive and making small changes towards healthy eating will make a difference. Drastic changes produce unwanted results sometimes.

      Good to know you appreciate the fact that healthy food takes time to be liked but once you are on that road then there is no looking back.

      Good luck with healthy eating.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Hyphenbird! Thanks for your support on my health journey...it helps so much! So impressed you drink three green smoothies a day. I'm convinced I will eventually learn to like them if I don't give up. If I drank more throughout the day I could probably make them taste better as I wouldn't be forced to put every vegetable for the day in one drink. I could drink them throughout the day and add tomatoes to minimize the bitter taste. So great your son drinks one a day. My boys drink them sometimes as long as I add fruit. I agree that since you were already a vegetarian is much less of a drastic change but still requires determination. Thanks so much for the comment and continued support!!

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Staying positive helps a lot!! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Healthylife2, I also discovered how NOT to make green smoothies close to white. I do not currently put barley powder in mine due cost factors. I drink at least 3 green smoothies every day, filled with great foods. I actually have come to like it most of the time. Putting lots of tomatoes in there helps me a lot. I love tomatoes and my little boy now drinks at least one small smoothie every day. That is progress. He is a constant source of support to me. Thanks for being one also. I enjoyed the humor in the important article.

      I must say that I was vegetarian when I began this and that probably makes it easier for me than most people. Keep up the hard work. You are doing so well and our health is worth it as you know.

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      LivingFood 5 years ago

      Great hub! I agree, focusing on all the foods you can eat is a much better mind-set than focusing on what you can't. Glad you are on the journey to better health.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      CyberShelley...I was hoping someone would appreciate my humor! Good luck on your road to healthy eating. It really does take determination! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      CyberShelley...I was hoping someone would appreciate my humor! Good luck on your road to healthy eating. It really does take determination! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Humour is definitely the way to go, when it is too awful tasting to warrant anything else. I am on the slow road to what I term extreme health eating. Voted up, interesting and funny.