One of the most common side effects of chemotherapy is nausea. It’s debilitating, unpleasant, and the worst part is that it may last for days on end.
To treat the nausea, some may look to the prenatal world, where nausea is especially common for women in their first trimester and sometimes beyond. A number of antiemetic drugs have been proven safe for use by pregnant women for this type of nausea but unfortunately, many come with side-effects that may actually exacerbate the problems faced by those with a weakened immune system due to chemotherapy.
In their search for relief, many look for alternative treatments, such as natural remedies. Here’s three to consider:
You can prevent many cases of nausea and stomach pain by giving your stomach less work to do. As a rule, avoid eating fatty, acidic, and spicy food. Food and drink like chocolate, alcohol, and carbonated and caffeinated beverages can weaken your system further and allow stomach acids back up to your throat.
Changing the manner in which you eat is important too, as under or overeating can also cause nausea. The general rule is to eat less at once, but eat more often. Keep a snack stash on-hand at all times, containing blander things like crackers and dried fruit to help ensure you always have some food in your stomach throughout the day. Additionally, on the days you do feel well and you can stomach food, make sure to replenish your energy with rich and healthy meals.
There are some specific foods which can help ease the discomfort from nausea; ginger is one of the best known. It’s a powerhouse root and one of the world’s healthiest ingredients. Ginger has been used for centuries to help settle the stomach and ease nausea. Ginger also contains compounds that have antioxidant properties and help with digestion. Incorporating ginger into your diet or adding a thin slice of ginger to hot water may give you the relief you’re looking for. For added convenience, you can look to products specifically designed for this purpose, like Queasy Pops Ginger – an all-natural, drug-free sucking candy that uses ginger along with other essential oils and vitamins to help ease nausea.
Many of the side effects from chemotherapy starve the body of water, side effects like sweating, diarrhea, and omitting. Dehydration prevents your body from being able to remove wastes and toxins and can also lead to dry skin, dizziness, and headaches. A shortage of water stops your body from functioning properly at even at a basic level.
The normal recommendation is to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day, so scale that up and consume a little more. If it becomes a chore, set yourself goals or challenges to encourage you to drink as much as possible, add flavor with a slice of lemon or lime, or try sucking on ice cubes.