Radiation is used to treat a variety of illnesses, including most forms of cancer. If you or a loved one have to undergo radiation, you may experience side-effects like fatigue, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, sores in the mouth, gas, and difficulty swallowing. And although eating might be the last thing that you feel like doing while you’re recovering from radiation, you need to make sure that you are eating a healthy diet that will support your immune system. From avoiding citrus to eating nutrient enriched foods, this article will give you a few dieting tips to use while undergoing radiation therapy from UTMB Radiology. Read on to learn more.
- Avoid Citrus
Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruit are not only delicious, but they are packed full of vitamins as well. Unless you are seriously craving a glass of orange juice, however, try to stay away from citrus because it can further exacerbate mouth sores and upset your stomach. To get your dose of vitamin C, consider eating fruit like berries instead.
- Stay Hydrated
One of the best things that you can do for your body while in recovery is to stay hydrated. Try carrying around a water bottle with you at all times or keep one at your bedside table so that you can drink it throughout the night. If you can’t seem to stomach water, try drinking beverages like Gatorade or even chicken broth— the salt and electrolytes will help you to retain more water.
- Eat Nutrient Enriched Foods
Because you may not have much of an appetite during radiation therapy, you are going to want to make sure that everything you eat counts. For instance, make sure that you are eating a diet that is low in sugar and salt, high in lean proteins, and that contains enough fruits and vegetables.
Undergoing radiation therapy can be taxing on your body, but by using some of the dietary tips listed above, you can help to recover more quickly. To learn more about radiation tips, contact UTMB Radiology today!