When a patient is undergoing mesothelioma treatment with chemotherapy, he or she may experience chronic nausea that makes eating difficult. Mesothelioma patients tend to lose a lot of weight, so eating to keep up their strength is especially important for people with mesothelioma. If you suffer from nausea as a result of mesothelioma treatment, one of these nine foods may help you overcome the nausea and get some nourishment.
Apples are full of fiber, which can help cleans nausea-inducing chemicals from the system. If you are having trouble digesting solid food, apple juice or apple sauce may be helpful. Just don’t eat too many apples – this could make you feel sicker.
If your nausea is combined with vomiting, or if you are suffering from dehydration, a banana is a good snack. Bananas help restore potassium, which is often depleted by diarrhea and vomiting. Many doctors recommend bland foods like bananas when patients are re-introducing solid foods into their diets.
While chicken soup may be good for a cold, it’s a little heavy if you are feeling queasy. Try sipping on some plain, warm low-fat chicken broth. To make this easy to prepare and unlikely to spoil, try preparing broth from bouillon cubes.
Crackers, bread and toast are all high in starch, which can helps absorb the stomach acids that can make you feel queasy or nauseated. Eating when you are feeling sick may be difficult, but it doesn’t take many crackers to help – try snacking on just one or two and see if it helps.
Ginger, in any form, helps relieve nausea. Ginger tea may soothe the nerves as well as the stomach, or try sipping on some ginger ale (some people prefer it flat). Other options include gingersnap cookies, ginger candy, or pickled ginger.
Chewing on fresh mint or drinking a glass of mint tea is a tried and true nausea remedy.
In some cases, nausea can be tied to a lack of protein. Nuts are rich in protein and easy to digest. Even peanut butter may be helpful. Try snacking on some nuts to keep your nausea at bay and restore your energy.
Many sports drinks contain potassium and sodium, electrolytes which help restore depleted nutrients for athletes. These electrolytes can also help replenish sodium and potassium lost to malnutrition, which may help ease nausea for cancer patients.
Often, headaches accompany nausea, and this could be a sign of dehydration. Take small sips from a glass of water – drinking too much, too fast may make you feel worse – until you feel you can handle a larger amount.