Oral food intake

A fair number of people experience difficulties with eating and/or drinking of some sort during or after treatment periods, of varying degrees of severity and varying duration. Understanding the complicated processes that all need to work to perfection in order for us to be able to swallow properly as well as the role of saliva in supporting chewing and swallowing equips us with hints and ideas about how to mitigate many of these problems.

Consideration of nutritional needs illustrates the challenge to feed yourself well when eating and/or drinking are difficult. A number of practical tips across the board will help with some trivial but annoying difficulties. Understanding some properties of food with regard to taste, texture and temperature and the role of clever lubrication of foods gives us a good start to make the most of the collection of Maxfacts recipes; for those of you with slightly rusty cooking skills we demonstrate some preparations in a few cooking videos.