Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Take small sips of cold water throughout the day. Work in some variety with clear fluids like ginger ale, tea, and sports drinks. Giving your body all the liquid it needs boosts your appetite. It can also ease side effects like constipation, dry mouth, mouth sores, nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue. But be careful with sugar. Sweet drinks make your nausea or diarrhea worse. If that happens, stick with water.
Get up and move as much as you can. Walk, swim, or take a yoga class. You can even do stretches and movements in bed or in a chair. A bit of light exercise can help you feel better overall. Check with your doctor first to find out what type of exercise is OK for you.
Eat High-Calorie Foods
When you don’t feel well, it’s hard to eat enough. But your body needs calories to battle cancer. Try several small meals throughout the day. And make sure they’re packed with nutrients. Pick foods high in protein and calories that are soft and easy to eat. Add butter, sauces, and syrups to bump up the calorie count and moisten foods that might be hard to eat and swallow.
Be Kind to Your Hair
You may not be able to prevent hair loss entirely, but taking great care of your hair and scalp will help. Use a gentle shampoo and wash your hair less often. Don’t rub your scalp too hard. Use a soft-bristle brush or a wide-tooth comb. Stay away from gels, hairdryers, and irons. If you think you’ll want a wig, pick one early so it’s easy to match it to your natural hair.
Drink Your Meals
Milkshakes, smoothies, protein shakes, and juices often go down easier than solid foods. They’re high in calories and you can add nutritious, tasty foods like fruit to them. Cold foods like shakes may be easier to handle when you’re queasy, when nothing tastes right, or if you’re sensitive to smells.
Try a Cold Treat: Frozen food is great when your mouth is sore, your throat’s dry, your tummy’s upset, or you’ve been throwing up. Suck on ice chips or frozen fruit juice chips. Ice pops can do the trick, too. They’ll keep your mouth moist, and they count as fluids 🙂 🙂