How to eat healthy during chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is a treatment for cancer and refers to the drugs used to prevent cancer cells from dividing and growing. They act by killing the dividing cells. Chemotherapy is powerful and at the same time has many side effects.
Go for gravies
Chemotherapy can make your mouth feel dry, moisten food with gravies or sauces, you can even try low fat milk. You could also try liquefying food in a blender so that it goes down more easily.
For some, the side effects of chemotherapy can be diarrhea. If so, eat bland foods such as cooked apples, bananas and rice which will help bind food. Skip whole grains, raw fruits and fatty foods.
Soothing mouth sores
If chemotherapy has left you with mouth sores, these can be really painful. Choose to eat pureed foods which you will find easier to swallow. Go for eggs, porridge, custards, rice, and soups. Avoid foods that are sharp or crunchy such as crackers, chips, and raw vegetables as these can hurt. Stay away from spicy foods such as salsa, hot sauces, curry dishes, and chili peppers as they irritate sores.
Include plenty of onion and garlic
Onion and garlic are strong cancer fighters as they are rich in antioxidants. They have been known to get the body’s immune system up.
Fight constipation with whole grains
If you find yourself constipated, go in for dried fruits, whole-grain breads or cereals, and dried beans or peas. These can help your digestive system in a big way. Make sure you take in plenty of fluids. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recommends eight to twelve cups of fluid every day.
Handle nausea with ginger and lemon
One of the key side effects of chemo is feelings of nausea. Sucking on a lemon or ginger drop helps bring down dizziness and makes the stomach feel settled.