When we’re thirsty, we’re already dehydrating


Hydration

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Water, water everywhere, not a drop to drink. . . . Did you know that the human body is made up mostly of water? Keep asking for refills! Without hydration, there is no life.

When we feel thirsty, it’s a sign we’re already dehydrating. According to American Institute for Cancer Research, when we feel thirsty, we’ve already lost 1-2 percent of body water. During chemo, I was told to be vigilant about staying hydrated. It was explained to me, “Chemo is busy burning up your inners. Staying hydrated flushes it out. It’s done it’s job, now get rid of it.” Here are some tips on what counts as a liquid, and how to avoid from filling up on liquids.

You won’t necessarily feel like drinking or eating during the months of chemo, and with age, the sense of thirst declines. Golden rule for all of us: Sip throughout the day to keep hydrated. Avoid things like sodas, coffee and alcohol. They all dehydrate the body. If you don’t like the taste of water, or need it a bit heavier, add a lemon, a sprig of mint, or a slice of cucumber. When I wanted something with more flavor, I’d drink juice, but add 40 percent of my glass would be water to thin it down. Juice straight was too heavy for me, and the taste too strong.

If the side effects of chemo or surgery anesthesia is making you constipated, don’t just rely on fiber to get things moving again. The fiber requires hydration. It’s not about drinking 32 oz. in one sitting. Sip throughout the day. In addition to constipation, it’ll help prevent dizziness, kidney troubles, indigestion, dry eyes, nose and mouth—and a moist mouth will help prevent cavities. Here’s a post on dry mouth, and protecting your teeth during chemo.

 

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