Water plays a significant role in the body. Even when you are not under any treatment, it is advisable that you remain hydrated at all times to maintain proper functioning of the body. Some of the essential roles played by water include; regulating body temperature, removes toxins and waste from your body, maintains the blood pressure levels and supplies nutrients and oxygen to the body. Any person undergoing cancer treatment or any form of therapy will need water for better recovery. During cancer treatment, your body will lose a lot of water due to the frequent vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
At the time you may not be feeling thirsty, but your body will be dehydrated. Dehydration has been linked to reduced prognosis (full recovery) in some patients. It is thus crucial to know how dehydration presents itself. Dry mouth and tongue, yellow urine which is also reduced in volume, headaches, dizziness, constipation, and nausea are some of the tell signs that your body needs more water. The symptoms can get even worse. At such a point where you produce no urine or very little of it, you should seek help from your doctor. Other extreme signs include low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and excessive thirst even after you drink some water and production of very dark urine.
Doctors advise all patients to take in at least eight glasses of water per day. But if you are losing lots of water daily, you should take more than eight glasses. Try and keep track of how many drinks you have taken to ensure that you do not deprive your body of the much-needed water.
Ways in Which You Can Keep Your Water Level High
Not every person can take the plain water as it is recommended. Some people find the water extremely tasteless and cannot handle drinking a minimum of eight glasses per day. For such people, it is recommended that they add some ice cubes in the water. If that does not work, make sure that you are drinking lots of fruit juice, milk, decaf coffee and tea throughout the day. Eating some fruits such as watermelon will also help maintain the water level in your body. Some vegetables such as lettuce and broccoli have some substantial amount of water that will keep dehydration away. Don’t strain your body to take two glasses in the morning and two more during lunch break, be lenient on yourself. Sip small amounts of water all day. Pressuring yourself will only make you unable to attain your goal. Suck on ice chips if all the above methods do not work for you.
Don’t Restrict Your Diet and Avoid Supplements
Your body will work better if it is subjected to less dietary restrictions. Once you are diagnosed with cancer, don’t deny yourself some kinds of food. Many people decide to go on an entirely vegetarian diet. This will leave the body with no source of carbohydrates and proteins. You should aim at maintaining your muscle mass, losing weight or gaining is at times inevitable, but it should be regulated.
Go slow on the vitamins supplements, allow the body to absorb the needed vitamins and minerals from the balanced diet that you will be eating. Your body is already consuming too many drugs, and it is not clear how the supplements will react with the cancer treatment drugs. Focus on eating a balanced diet meal made up of more veggies, fruits and a small amount of protein and carbohydrate.