Eating well during chemotherapy treatment can be a challenge. Chemotherapy can affect both appetite and flavor preference. Foods may start to taste strange or take on a metallic taste. In addition, there are many other symptoms that may affect your ability to keep yourself well-nourished. Fatigue, bowel changes (diarrhea or constipation), mouth sores and nausea are common.
Finding nutritious foods that taste good while experiencing chemo-related side effects may present challenges. But don't despair. There are many ways to keep your body healthy and your immune system supported during treatment. Here are some of the most common symptoms and ways you can address them through your diet:
Adequate hydration is especially important for anyone going through cancer treatment. A fresh juice is a great way to stay hydrated while providing many servings of fruits and vegetables, which in turn, will help to boost your energy level and support your immune system. Watch a demonstration of how to make your own fresh juice.
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