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What to drink to quench thirst?

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JoanQuilts
JoanQuilts Member Posts: 265

I am two days past chemo #4, parched but everything I drink tastes like crap, including water.  Any suggestions about what will quench my thirst, but not repulse me?  I would even go for a malted milk if I thought it would help?  Thanks.

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  • Momof2inME
    Momof2inME Member Posts: 249
    edited April 2012
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    Lemonade, pink lemonade, strawberry lemonade etc really helped me when I had the awful taste in my mouth. Helped with dry mouth too. It was one of the few drinks that I could actually taste what it was suppose to taste like. I rememeber water even tasting horrible. Good luck!

  • JoanQuilts
    JoanQuilts Member Posts: 265
    edited April 2012
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    Thank you Mom of 2.  I might even have some in the house!

  • MadisoninMd
    MadisoninMd Member Posts: 1
    edited April 2012
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    I second the lemonade suggestion.. any form of it tasted great as long as it was really cold.

  • kltb04
    kltb04 Member Posts: 234
    edited April 2012
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    I tried just the different single serve flavors you add to bottled waters and found some of them were tolerable if they had a really strong flavor.  I couldn't stand my usual favorite drink (diet coke). And couldn't even think about coffee.

    About to start the fun again Monday for second round of A/C so I need to stock up on some things this weekend!

  • JoanQuilts
    JoanQuilts Member Posts: 265
    edited April 2012
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    Kitb04 - Diet Coke is repulsive now to me too.  But I continue to drink coffee because if I don't, as I've said here many times before, by the end of the week I start to go through coffee withdrawal on top of chemo!

  • BouncingBetties
    BouncingBetties Member Posts: 50
    edited April 2012
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    I drank a lot of coconut water and chocolate milk. I could drink Pellegrino water at my parents, but tap water was horrible. Lemonade and orange juice were okay sometimes but when the Taxol affected my taste buds a few weeks here and there, they were bitter.

  • CoolBreeze
    CoolBreeze Member Posts: 250
    edited April 2012
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    Aqua Delight is supposed to help with that metallic taste.  I drink their water and like it but I didn't find the company until after I was done with the chemo that causes that type of taste change.

    They have a banner ad on my blog but only because I believe in their product.

    I just drank plain water when I was doing carbo.  Yes, it tastes icky but it's important to drink a lot of water.  A bit of lemon can help. 

  • debbie6122
    debbie6122 Member Posts: 2,935
    edited April 2012
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    I found water to taste yukky too, but drank it to stay hydrated and to flush the chemo and toxins out of my system. But i found ice pops tasted really good to me and helped with my mouth sores too.

  • Shrek4
    Shrek4 Member Posts: 519
    edited April 2013
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  • cfdr
    cfdr Member Posts: 308
    edited April 2012
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    I kept a bunch of single-serve beverages around, that way I kept one or two in the fridge and not clog it up with a bunch of big bottles. I really developed a taste for V8 Fusion, which is a mix of vegetable and fruit juices. Others I kept on hand were pineapple juice, prune juice, orange juice, vanilla soy milk and chocolate milk.

  • kayfh
    kayfh Member Posts: 79
    edited April 2012
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    Celestial seasonings Bengal Spice tea hot cold, anything with ginger in it, carbonated water with lemon

  • mamabee
    mamabee Member Posts: 148
    edited April 2012
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    I also found that water tasted progressively worse with each treatment. I just made myself drink it and lemon helped a little. Apple juice and mango smoothies (I bought those Jamba Juice packets in the freezer aisle) were tolerable. This last go-round I drank a lot of ginger ale as kind of a treat because it was the end of my chemo and tasted better than just about anything else. Another treat for me were those Breyer Coconut popsicles - yum! 

  • christina0001
    christina0001 Member Posts: 449
    edited April 2012
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    Last round of treatment, all I could stand to drink was bottled water with lots of ice and a slice of lemon. And even that wasn't great. My P.A. suggested I try Sobe flavored water so I have some in the fridge, waiting.

  • Blessings2011
    Blessings2011 Member Posts: 1,801
    edited April 2012
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    1 can ginger ale

    1 cup ice cubes

    Put in blender and blend into slushie

    Sweet, tangy, refreshing, and settles the tummy...

  • mebmarj
    mebmarj Member Posts: 143
    edited April 2012
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    Sweet tea. Still is the only thing that I like. Pop is too sweet, lemonade would hurt my mouth. Best wishes to you.

  • Leah_S
    Leah_S Member Posts: 1,929
    edited April 2012
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    I found grape juice tasted good - not like it tastes normally, but still good.

    Leah

  • Momine
    Momine Member Posts: 2,845
    edited April 2012
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    Joan, I got a bunch of herbal teas with different flavors and that got me through. The Yogi brand is really good and makes very tasty teas.

  • JoanQuilts
    JoanQuilts Member Posts: 265
    edited April 2012
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    Thank you for all the suggestions!  Two more chemos to go and I will be trying them!  :)

  • LuvRVing
    LuvRVing Member Posts: 2,409
    edited April 2012
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    Popsicles or frozen juice bars and watermelon did it for me.  I also drank a lot of the V8 Fusion (the low sugar stuff).  Carbonated beverages were eventually off-limits, including the Diet Coke that I loved. 

  • susiesue
    susiesue Member Posts: 5
    edited April 2012
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    During my treatment I drank: zero vitamin water lemonade, diet orange crush, diet ginger ale.......I normally don't drink these flavors,  since the end of my treatment I no longer like the taste of any of these..........

  • susiesue
    susiesue Member Posts: 5
    edited April 2012
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    I should have added: I had chemo dd AC and dd Taxol and radiation...............

  • KSteve
    KSteve Member Posts: 190
    edited April 2012
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    I drank iced green tea a lot.  BUT now I don't like it at all.

  • maxineo
    maxineo Member Posts: 199
    edited April 2012
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    I used those Propel packets that you mix with water. No metallic taste, like the water. A lot of people have mentioned lemonade...the Propel lemonade was the one I drank most.

    Like KSteve said, however, I now can no longer drink them.  Too associated with chemo.

  • lalere
    lalere Member Posts: 1
    edited April 2012
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    I love water.  During chemo and for several weeks after I couldn't stand water.  I ended up drinking lemonade and sprite to quench my thirst.

  • IndigoMont11
    IndigoMont11 Member Posts: 42
    edited April 2012
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    Hi - just curious - did you notice that filtered water tasted any better than straight tap water?

  • IndigoMont11
    IndigoMont11 Member Posts: 42
    edited April 2012
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    Hmmmm.... guess I'd better stock up on lemons, sounds like.

  • marial
    marial Member Posts: 98
    edited April 2012
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    I drank alot of unsweetened ice tea and added some mango or other syrup if I needed some flavors

  • specialk
    specialk Member Posts: 9,221
    edited April 2012
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    Be careful of too much lemon or lemonade - I drank a lot on tx#1 and ended with a mouthful of sores.  I did not drink lemon/lemonade subsequently and had no more sores.  I found Gatorade mixed with water good - particularly the blue one, don't know the exact flavor name.  Also Welch's Essentials White Grape/Mango/Peach juice mixed with sparkling water.

  • jenlee
    jenlee Member Posts: 204
    edited April 2012
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    JoanQuilts, Sorry that you're going through this.  I just went through it a few weeks ago.  I remember telling my husband that even bottled water tasted like motor oil.  I echo what Special K said and had to be careful of anything acidic, due to indigestion and sore mouth.  I finally settled on apple juice, plain or diluted with a little water to reduce the sugar.  Good luck -- It does get better, this week, water is tolerable -- not delicious, but OK.  :)

    Jenifer 

  • Hortense
    Hortense Member Posts: 718
    edited May 2012
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    Thank you ladies for your suggestions. I'm having a hard time drinking anything at all. Everything tastes vile, but I know I have to drink so I keep trying. I can't face anything sweet and was going to try the lemonade route again until I discovered some of you got sores from it. I can't drink anything with bubbles either, as I get gassy. I think I'll try diluted juice again.