Healthy Diet Tips to Overcome Chemotherapy Side Effects

5 Healthy Diet Tips to Overcome Chemotherapy Side Effects

Chemotherapy is one of the more widely prevalent methods to treat cancer. It uses medicines / drugs with the aim of killing cancer cells that are in the process of splitting into two new cells.

Chemotherapy gets a lot of attention for its side effects. What many do not realize is that chemo does not always show side effects, since it has a lot to do with the patient as well. Somepatients do not see any side effects. Also most side effects are short term in nature and disappear after the treatment.

One of the ways to soften the side effects of chemotherapy is through diet. A healthy and balanced diet is important in withstanding and overcoming the draining effects of chemotherapy.

How To Avoid Chemotherapy Side Effects?

The five most diet tipsto avoid chemo side effects are:

  1. Choosing the Right Foods

    Getting through chemotherapy with minimal side effects and discomfort has a lot to do with the food you eat. So it’s important to choose your food carefully. Here are some tips to help you get through:

  2. Maintaining a Diet Journal

    One way to get food problems out of the way is to keep a hawk eye on your food plate. To achieve this make sure you write down everything you eat and drink and record any symptoms you experience daily. This will help your doctor / dietician identify what causes food related problems / disorders like constipation, nauseaor diarrhoea. They can suggest medicines accordingly.

  3. Consulting a Dietician

    Cancer is tiring, it demands a lot from your body as also the spirit. Your bodymust be prepared to withstand the strains of chemotherapy which includes muscle loss. So eating enough is more important than eating healthfully over the chemotherapy treatment. The body needs all the nourishment it can get to help maintain strength and stamina.

    Consult your primary physician and oncologist, or a registered dietician, to find out how much you should be eating every day during treatment.

  4. Keeping Track of Mouth Sores

    It is common for chemo patients to experience soreness and tenderness in the mouth and throat. Minor swallowing difficulties can be sorted with the following suggestions.For severe problems, it’s best to work with a dietician or consider alternative methods of feeding.

  5. Recruiting Help for Home-Cooked Meals

    Dieticians and nutritionists are calling for patients to curtail risk of cancer and other diseases by cooking at home more and eating out less.

    Eating at home gives you greater control of what lands on your plate and portion size.

    Dining out inclines people toward unhealthy food with little control of what they eat.

    If you cannot manage cooking at home then recruit help if necessary. It is the one thing that can help you considerably in getting the diet-related risk out of the way.

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