Ensuring proper hydration is essential, especially during the summer months when undergoing cancer treatment. As the temperature rises, our bodies naturally perspire more, and failure to replenish the lost fluids can lead to dehydration. This concern becomes even more crucial during cancer treatment, where the side effects can heighten the risk of dehydration.
Recognising the signs of dehydration is a critical factor. Beyond the obvious feeling of thirst, indicators such as a dry mouth, changes in skin texture, dark or strong-smelling urine, constipation, elevated blood pressure, a rapid heart rate, headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and light-headedness may signal a lack of hydration. In the context of cancer treatment, inadequate water intake can not only impact overall health but also pose risks to vital organs like the kidneys and liver.
Chemotherapy, in particular, can intensify dehydration risks due to side effects like diarrhoea and vomiting, resulting in increased fluid loss. In severe cases, patients may require emergency room admission with intravenous fluid rehydration. At Aurora Direct, we understand the critical importance of addressing dehydration concerns during cancer treatment, and that's why we proudly offer enterade® – a clinically proven, plant-based medical food designed to manage gastrointestinal side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea, dehydration, and unwanted weight loss.
Hydration goals or levels vary based on individual factors like weight, climate, exercise levels, and stress. As a general guideline, it is recommended to consume approximately 15 to 30 mL of water per kilogram of body weight. For instance, a person weighing 68 kg should aim for approximately 1-2L of water daily. Adjustments may be necessary based on specific circumstances.
To foster consistent hydration, consider adopting these tips:
- Carry a Refillable Water Bottle: Keep a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day for convenient access to hydration.
- Create Water Habits: Have a glass of water within reach, whether at your desk, watching TV, or on your nightstand to sip on when you wake up.
- Balance with Other Beverages: For every glass of soft drink or coffee, consume 1-2 glasses of water. Consider replacing sugary drinks with water or an electrolyte replacement drink.
- Sip Water Gradually: Avoid excessive water consumption in a single sitting to prevent water intoxication.
When considering electrolyte-based drinks, oral rehydration solutions can be more effective than water alone. These solutions, however, must be chosen carefully. Many commercial options contain high sugar content, which can increase fluid loss and worsen diarrhoea symptoms, especially for individuals with compromised gut health.
enterade®, an effective solution that stands apart. Backed by clinical studies, enterade® is a plant-based medical drink formulated to naturally manage GI side effects of cancer treatment. Its unique blend of plant-based amino acids works with the gut to rebuild, protect, and hydrate cells weakened by cancer treatment. Unlike many electrolyte replacement drinks, enterade® is sugar-free, addressing the concerns of nutrient absorption in a damaged gut. In a clinical study, 88% of patients reported an improvement in dehydration symptoms after incorporating enterade® into their hydration routine.
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