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Nutritional tips to follow during Chemotherapy

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Undergoing chemotherapy treatment is not the most comfortable experience to go through, but there are steps which you can follow to make the process more bearable and to stay healthy.

Take a look at the 10 nutritional tips to follow during Chemotherapy treatment:

1. Keep Food Tasty:

Undergoing chemotherapy can make certain foods and drinks taste metallic or unpleasant. Therefore, you need to try to spice your normal food to get rid of the unwanted tastes.

2. Fight Constipation:

Many people suffer from diarrhoea but others can also suffer from constipation. The best ways to prevent constipation is by keeping hydrated and including fiber to your diet.

3. Manage Weight Gain:

Weight gain is common during treatments, so it is suggested to eat low-fat meals and snacks.

4. Ease Diarrhea:

If you are experiencing diarrhea, it is best to avoid greasy and fried foods, caffeine, sugary drinks and fruit juices, salad greens, raw produce and alcohol.

5. Keep a Food and Symptom Diary:

Having a diary to write down what you consume and any symptoms you experience is a good way to help you track what could be causing issues.

6. Relieve Mouth Sores:

Mouth sores are a symptom for some types of chemotherapy. Avoiding hot, spicy and sugary foods is advisable. Drink lots of water and rinse the mouth with salt water after meals.

7. Stay Hydrated:

It is important to keep your body hydrated due to side effects such as diarrhea or vomiting.

8. Control Nausea:

In order to control and limit nausea rather eat cool foods instead of warm foods, chew on crystallized ginger, or sip on peppermint or ginger tea. It’s also best to avoid greasy or fried foods.

9. Eat Smaller meals:

Consuming smaller sized meals is easier to tolerate during chemo. So, rather have smaller and more frequent meals.

10. Avoid drinking Alcohol:

It isn’t easy to have to go through chemotherapy. So, taking a few steps to improve your nutrition is important because it may at least make the overall process easier.

Our Female Cancer Cover will assist you by paying out a pre-determined lump sum of money upon confirmed diagnosis of certain female cancers.

References:
Starting Chemotherapy: 15 Nutrition Tips

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