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Nutrition tips for cancer patients

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Avoid the dairy

Even though you have been drinking milk and using other milk products for a long time, but temporarily you may become lactose intolerant due to cancer treatments. Due to care more and radiation, the small intestine in your body may not be able to produce the necessary enzyme lactase, which may cause gas and bloating, cramping or diarrhea if you eat dairy products.

Bubbles

You need to avoid the bubbles present in soda. Even though it may make you feel good temporarily, the bubbles will increase the heartburn, bloating and gas. Caffeine will do the same to you.

Add ginger to your diet

Encapsulated ginger can help you when you are undergoing cancer treatment. It may help you by reducing the nausea associated with chemotherapy, experienced by some patients. You can use a supplement containing ginger every day. It can also add fresh ginger to your cup of tea.

Avoid rich or fried foods

You should avoid foods rich in fat and calories and the fried foods. Even though they taste good but day cause slow stomach emptying which may result in bloating on nausea. If you feel that you are short on calories, you can always eat small but frequent meals. Also add more fresh vegetables, whole grains and fruits.

Add more vegetables to your diet

You need to add more vegetables to your diet because they contain high amount of vitamins and minerals. However, you may need to process the vegetables in different formats. Your stomach may not be able to break them down completely when you are undergoing cancer treatment. However, that does not mean you need to skip eating vegetables. In that case, you can blend them and produce a green smoothie. You can also add them to your soup. You can eat cooked vegetables. Such vegetables are easy to digests even when you are undergoing some treatment.

Select your fruit wisely

The small intestine is the place where fructose is absorbed and it has a limit. Some fruits have more fructose and some others have less. Fruits like papaya, melons, apples, pear and mango have higher amounts of fructose in them. You have to be careful with this type of fruits. You don’t have to avoid them completely but you need to watch the amount you are eating on a single day. If you don’t do that, it may cause discomfort. Some fruits that contain low amount of fructose are berries, plums, ripe bananas, peaches and citrus. You can have more of these fruits.

Drink more water

Drinking more water is not only a healthy habit when you are without any medical problem, but it is also a good habit for people suffering from cancer. Dehydration can worsen different types of symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and vomiting. To avoid dehydration, you need to take more water. Even if you’re suffering from diarrhea, you should not stop drinking water. It will not complicate the situation but instead it will help you by replenishing the water levels in your body.

Change in tastes

When you are undergoing cancer treatment, your taste buds may have changed. So, if you like something before, it does not mean that you will like it now. So, whether you or your family members cook something, you may like it and you may not like it. Don’t feel bad if you do not like it. If somebody offers to cook for you, allow them to do so because it will connect both of you. But you need to understand the possibility of change of your taste buds. You can definitely consulted dietician or a nutritionist.