Drinking Water Can Help Minimize Nausea
and Other Side Effects
Flushing Your Kidneys Helps Prevent Toxic Side Effects
Chemotherapy involves the use of toxic chemicals to kill cancerous cells. Unfortunately, chemotherapy also kills noncancerous cells, such as the fast-growing cells of the stomach and mouth. This can induce nausea, vomiting and mouth sores among other negative side effects.
To minimize the negative side effects of chemotherapy, it is important to drink plenty of water. One doctor told me to drink at least 8 full glasses of water a day, and that if I wasn't urinating at least once an hour, I wasn't drinking enough water.
Drinking plenty of water helps prevent the drugs from building up in your kidneys and bladder. This can help prevent health problems such as kidney failure.
Drinking gatorade and pedialyte will help restore your electrolytes. This is especially important if you are suffering from diarrhea or vomiting.
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