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Summer foods combat the nausea of cancer treatment


The vast majority of cancer patients suffer some form of nausea at some point while undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

During the summer months, when produce is plentiful, there are certain foods that can be helpful in combatting those nauseating feelings.

First of all, try to eat small meals every 2 or 3 hours rather than eating 3 large meals, the American Cancer Society advises. Get fresh air and limit sights, sounds, and especially smells that can upset your stomach.

Use ginger and lemon in your food. They make a tasty addition to iced tea and are known to have a soothing effect on the stomach. Lemonade is also not only a great thirst quencher in the summer, but a stomach-settler, as well. Ginger is an age-old remedy for tummy troubles. In addition to ginger tea, try ginger ale. A bonus: staying hydrated is also a nausea preventative. Just remember to limit fluid intake during meals.

Also from the American Cancer Society, eat foods cold or at room temperature, which is perfect for summer’s bounty of fresh vegetables and fruits. A chilled salad is not only healthy but also a lot easier on the stomach than a heavy meal. Just don’t overdo with spicy or heavy dressings. Go for something light.

Protein is essential in fighting nausea; so add some lean chicken to your summer salad.

Avoid foods that are overly sweet, greasy, fried, or spicy, like rich desserts and French fries, advises the American Cancer Society.

Don’t forget popsicles, watermelon, Italian ice and gelato. They’re cool, fruity summer treats that can cool your nausea and tummy, too.

Talk to your doctor if your nausea becomes debilitating.

For more information on how to prevent and alleviate nausea, contact the Illinois Cancer Specialists, with 10 locations throughout the Chicagoland area.  

Illinois Cancer Specialists | 908 N Elm St #210 Hinsdale, IL | 630.654.1790

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