Treatment for cancer can be extremely debilitating, especially due to the destructive nature of chemotherapeutic drugs, therefore it is vitally important that both a nutrient dense diet and good hydration form the basis of every cancer treatment plan. For people undergoing cancer treatment, dehydration can occur rapidly often due to sweating, vomiting, diarrhea and appetite loss, all leading to dehydration, which can cause serious long term damage to the body and organs which we need to avoided at all cost.
‘Our health is truly dependent on the quality and quantity of the water we drink’, even more so during cancer treatment. It is very important to remain well hydrated as water is needed to keep the body functioning optimally, with our bodies composed of around 60% water. The functions of bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Adequate hydration also keeps things flowing along our gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation.
‘You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink’
There are many chemicals in our blood stream that regulate important functions in our bodies and these chemicals are called electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals that have many functions in the body including maintaining water balance and when dissolved in water, electrolytes separate into positively and negatively charged ions. The body’s nerve reactions and muscle function are dependent upon the proper exchange of these electrolyte ions outside and inside the cells with the most common electrolytes being sodium, potassium, and chloride.
‘Water is our most precious natural resource and something that most of us take for granted’
If you are undergoing chemotherapy treatment, the amount and the quality of the water you drink can make a big difference in your recovery. Drugs and side effects of chemo treatment can lead to severe and chronic dehydration and contaminants in water can present a risk to our weakened immune system. It is recommended that everyone who is undergoing chemo drink lots of clean purified water to help them cope with the stressful nature of cancer treatments and to protect their bodies from it’s adverse effects.
While water on its own may not be a cure of disease or illness, it does give our bodies the support and fuel it needs to fight, heal and repair the damage leading to recovery. Water also cleanses and flushes our bodies of the built-up toxins that plagues these conditions. Our kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding the body of toxins as long as our intake of fluids remains adequate and water is consumed devoid of harmful bacteria, chemicals and pollutants.