5 Tips for a Healthy Diet During Radiation Therapy


While radiation therapy kills off cancerous cells, it damages your body as well. Radiation makes your body change the way it reacts to food and absorbs nutrients. Here are 5 tips you could use to build a healthy diet during your radiation therapy:

Pay attention to your body

The effects of radiation on each person are different from another. While some people do not see noticeable changes, others may experience severe side effects, including nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, bloating, mouth sores and  difficulty in swallowing. You will need to adjust your eating habits depending on how your body feels. Some people can only eat flavorful food while some prefer their meal bland.You just need to do what  give you the appetite.

Stock up your fridge

Go for organic and healthy foods. It’s good to prepare healthy meals and keep them in your freezer before you start your radiation therapy. Radiation will wear you down. You will not feel like cooking after each session. When you are tired, you will appreciate a prepared meal much more than ever. In addition, you still can buy foods that have been cooked in the store to ensure taste and freshness.

Fill up your meal with nutrients

Your body needs nutrients to recover. Fast food and other meals of which the number of calories is higher than nutrients will not  give your body any help. In order not to slow down your own healing progress, you should aim for fresh and colorful foods. If you still do not have the slightest idea what to eat, here is a list for your next grocery shopping:

  • Fruits and vegetables, preferably of all kinds and colors
  • Fat-free or low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt
  • Soy and almond milk
  • Whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa
  • Seafood, lean meat, and poultry

Eat differently

You are probably used to have three big meals per day. However, smaller and more frequent meals can have a better effect, especially if radiation makes it hard for you to digest. There no need to establish a fixed eating time. If you feel like eating, just eat.

Stay hydrated

If water is tasteless for you, you can try adding more water to your soups or fruit juices. A common side effect of radiation therapy is diarrhea. Drinking much water will help your body stay strong. Keep a bottle of water, or fruit juices with you so that you can drink anytime you want.

Your eating habits play an important role in your recovery when it comes to radiation therapy. Hopefully, the tips above can help you build a healthy diet to get through your radiation therapy swiftly, with fewer side effects.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnose or treatment.

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