Learn why the foods you eat could help you recover faster.
There's a reason why runners carb-load before a marathon. Carbs are our body's main energy source, fueling us for physical activity and keeping our organs functioning. Carbohydrates such as fruits, veggies and whole grains supply our bodies with vitamins and minerals. An added bonus: Carbs such as sliced veggies and whole grain cereal help fight against common cancer treatment side effects such as fatigue and constipation.
Water is important for everyday health, but especially so if you have cancer. Drink water to ward off dehydration from the nasty side effects of cancer treatment, such as vomiting or diarrhea. Experts recommend eight 8-ounce glasses of liquid every day, but you may need even more if you're vomiting or have diarrhea.
Mouth sores or sore throat are common with certain chemo drugs or radiation. Try eating soft, bland foods such as pureed vegetables or lukewarm or cold foods such as soups and smoothies. Still in pain? Try this trick, which is an oldie, but a goodie: Rinse your mouth regularly with 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt mixed in a quart of water. Radiation therapy, chemo and other medications can also cause dry mouth, which can lead to a mouth infection or cavities. Ditch dry mouth by drinking plenty of fluids and chewing on sugarless gum to stimulate saliva.