Many cancer patients experience dehydration during treatment. We help you prevent this in three delicious ways.
If you notice that your mouth and tongue are dry often, you might be at risk of dehydration. Other symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, extreme tiredness, dry skin, constipation, nausea and headaches.
Dehydration results from not consuming enough water, or when your body loses water rapidly through diarrhea, vomiting or sweating.
One of the easily noticeable symptoms of dehydration is dryness of the mouth and throat. But lack of sufficient water affects a lot more than just your mouth. Your cells and internal organs depend heavily on water for their proper functioning.
If you do not consume enough water, you affects all of these:
- The temperature of your body
- The removal of wastes and toxins from your body
- Your heart rate and blood pressure
- Putting your eyes, mouth and ears at risk
- Reducing the nutrients and oxygen in your body
- Lubrication of your joints
- Production of saliva
How can dehydration be prevented?
Drinking too much water at a time might lead to vomiting. Try sipping water through-out the day instead. There are a variety of eco-friendly and convenient bottles designed specifically to allow you to carry them with you at all times.
Home-made popsicles without any artificial colours, and ice cubes might help you soothe your mouth and tongue. You can also consume these in flavours that reduce your nausea.
Here are some simple and tasty recipes to help you consume more liquids to prevent dehydration.
This is a natural drink that is sugar-free and has a soothing flavour. Being a good source of medium chain triglycerides and potassium, it is particularly good for patients who have oral mucositis and those experiencing taste changes.
Water from 1 tender coconut
Chopped coconut flesh: 50 gms
Salt to taste (optional)
- Using a mixer or a blender, blend the coconut water with the coconut flesh till it forms a smooth juice.
- Add a pinch of salt if required.
- Serve immediately.
If you enjoy cool dips for your salads or just by themselves, the next recipe is for you.
Cucumber and Radish Curd Dip
This dip not only combats dehydration but also reduces nausea. In addition to that, cucumber and radish provide vitamin B, copper, magnesium and phosphorus.
Radish: ¼ cup, peeled and grated
Cucumber: ¼ cup, peeled and grated
Thick curd or yogurt: 150 ml
Lemon juice: 1 tsp
Olive oil: 1 tsp
sugar : ½ tsp
Salt: a pinch
- Mix all of the listed ingredients together in a bowl.
- Refrigerate it for one hour and serve.
If you are craving something sweet then try the next recipe.
Watermelon and Mint Juice
Watermelon is packed with water and nutrients making it an ideal detox drink that keeps you hydrated. It gives you vitamin C and carotenoids like beta-carotene. It’s also refreshing and reduces inflammation.
Watermelon: 1 cup, deseeded and cubed
Mint leaves: 1 tsp, chopped
Lemon juice: 1 tsp
Honey: 1 tsp (optional)
- Blend all the ingredients together in a juicer or a mixer.
- Refrigerate for one hour and serve cool.
You can find more recipes here.