Relieving Nausea, Sore Throat and Dry Mouth with a Drop of Lemon!

September 12, 2017

This Thursday is the Philip Clarke Golf Classic: A Tournament of Hope.


This annual charity event is part of the fundraising efforts that go towards the annual Evening of Hope benefit event for Lung Cancer Canada.


The Golf Classic was started by Philip Clarke after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. After his experiences, he wanted to start an event to raise money for research and awareness of the reality of lung cancer. Unfortunately, Philip passed away before he could see the inaugural tournament take place in Ottawa in 2013. To date, this event has raised $42,000 for Lung Cancer Canada. You can learn more about the tournament at


For those who have been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing treatment, you likely already know about the adverse side effects of those treatments, for example, the nausea and sore throat that comes from chemotherapy. There are several things that patients and their caregivers can do to alleviate the pain and discomfort of these two side effects. Nutritionists suggest eating a bland yet nourishing diet consisting of soft foods served cold or at room temperature.


Some foods that can help with nausea and a sore throat:

  • Soft fruits such as bananas, peaches, pears, apples, or apple sauce. Any fruit that can be frozen and pureed also works

  • Creamed soups

  • Scrambled eggs

  • Soft cheeses such as cottage cheese or dairy items like yogurt

  • Dessert items such as pudding, frozen pops, custard, yogurt, ice cream and gelatin desserts







Sour Lemon Drops have also been shown to help relieve nausea and throat pain, as well as dry mouth, which is often a side effect of various cancer treatments. According to Livestrong, cancer patients may have damaged salivary glands from radiation and research has found that some patients find that sucking on a Sour Lemon Drops works to increase salivation after treatment.


Patients have also reported that Sour Lemon Drops can help take away the metallic taste chemo leaves in their mouths. Instead of gum or water, which washes away saliva, sucking on a Sour Lemon Drop can increase saliva for the duration, easing dry throat pains and nausea.


For cancer patients living on a sugar reduced diet, Kerr’s Light Tangy Citrus candies have no sugar added and can help manage changes in taste sensations.



Kerr’s Sour Lemon Drops and Light Tangy Citrus are available in stores across Canada. Learn more about the full range of Kerr’s light candy line at


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