Why Do I Have To Hydrate?

Remember the dialogue in “Good Morning Vietnam” about the heat? It’s so hot they’re “crotch pot cooking? If you’ve  experienced the heat in the US recently that movie line may have come to mind once or twice.

As a cancer survivor, hydration becomes a critical issue. When you’re adequately hydrated the urinary tract remains healthy, moving toxins and bacteria from the body.  If these toxins remain in the body due to dehydration you’re at an increased risk of developing infections. Since your immune system may already be compromised, any risk of infection is unnecessarily dangerous.

Have you experienced dry mouth or mouth sores as a result of your treatment? Consuming adequate fluids decreases dry mouth and the risk of infections from the mouth sores. Typically, the appetite improves if you’re not dealing with mouth sores and dryness, so when you’re consuming adequate nutrition, this allows your body to concentrate on healing. Some of the fatigue you might experience may be attributable to dehydration. Water is only one source of hydration.  Fruits, fruit juices, smoothies and popsicles provide additional hydration, plus, they provide additional nutrition and taste good.  If your nutritionist says it’s ok, moderate amounts of coffee and tea also aid in hydration.  Don’t wait until you feel thirsty, get something to drink now!

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