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HIV diet plan: Tips to tackle nutritional challenges in AIDS care

Updated On Dec 27, 2023 01:25 PM IST

A well-balanced diet can be a powerful ally in the journey of those living with HIV. Here are tips by expert

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Living with HIV requires a comprehensive approach to health and nutrition plays a pivotal role in supporting the immune system, managing symptoms and improving overall well-being. A well-balanced diet can be a powerful ally in the journey of those living with HIV. In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Nutritionist Nupuur Patil Fitness, suggested -(Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 01:25 PM IST

Living with HIV requires a comprehensive approach to health and nutrition plays a pivotal role in supporting the immune system, managing symptoms and improving overall well-being. A well-balanced diet can be a powerful ally in the journey of those living with HIV. In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Nutritionist Nupuur Patil Fitness, suggested -(Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash)

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1. Boosting Immune Function: The immune system is the body's first line of defence, and for people with HIV, maintaining a robust immune system is paramount. Adequate nutrition ensures that the body has the essential nutrients to support immune function. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, contribute to a resilient immune system, helping the body fight infections more effectively. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 01:25 PM IST

1. Boosting Immune Function: The immune system is the body's first line of defence, and for people with HIV, maintaining a robust immune system is paramount. Adequate nutrition ensures that the body has the essential nutrients to support immune function. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, contribute to a resilient immune system, helping the body fight infections more effectively. (Unsplash)

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2. Managing Medication Side Effects: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a cornerstone of HIV treatment, but it often comes with side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea and loss of appetite. Proper nutrition can help manage these side effects and improve medication adherence. Including easily digestible, nutrient-dense foods in the diet, such as soups, smoothies and steamed vegetables, can provide essential nutrients without exacerbating gastrointestinal symptoms.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 01:25 PM IST

2. Managing Medication Side Effects: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a cornerstone of HIV treatment, but it often comes with side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea and loss of appetite. Proper nutrition can help manage these side effects and improve medication adherence. Including easily digestible, nutrient-dense foods in the diet, such as soups, smoothies and steamed vegetables, can provide essential nutrients without exacerbating gastrointestinal symptoms.(Pixabay)

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3. Addressing Nutrient Deficiencies: HIV can lead to nutrient deficiencies due to increased nutrient requirements, malabsorption or changes in metabolism. Addressing these deficiencies is crucial for overall health. Including a variety of nutrient-rich foods and supplements can help replenish key vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron and zinc, which are often depleted in people with HIV. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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3. Addressing Nutrient Deficiencies: HIV can lead to nutrient deficiencies due to increased nutrient requirements, malabsorption or changes in metabolism. Addressing these deficiencies is crucial for overall health. Including a variety of nutrient-rich foods and supplements can help replenish key vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron and zinc, which are often depleted in people with HIV. (Unsplash)

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4. Supporting Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for people living with HIV, as unintentional weight loss can be a common challenge. Proper nutrition helps prevent malnutrition and supports weight management by ensuring an adequate intake of calories and nutrients. Including protein-rich foods, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates can contribute to maintaining a healthy body weight. (Pinterest) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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4. Supporting Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for people living with HIV, as unintentional weight loss can be a common challenge. Proper nutrition helps prevent malnutrition and supports weight management by ensuring an adequate intake of calories and nutrients. Including protein-rich foods, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates can contribute to maintaining a healthy body weight. (Pinterest)

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5. Emphasising Hydration: Staying hydrated is crucial for everyone but it holds particular importance for people with HIV. Proper hydration supports digestion and nutrient absorption and helps alleviate some medication side effects. Encouraging the consumption of water, herbal teas and electrolyte-rich beverages is vital for overall health. (pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 01:25 PM IST

5. Emphasising Hydration: Staying hydrated is crucial for everyone but it holds particular importance for people with HIV. Proper hydration supports digestion and nutrient absorption and helps alleviate some medication side effects. Encouraging the consumption of water, herbal teas and electrolyte-rich beverages is vital for overall health. (pexels)

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6. Promoting Mental Well-being: Living with HIV involves not only physical challenges but also emotional and mental stress. Nutrition plays a role in supporting mental well-being. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish and flaxseeds, have been linked to improved mood and cognitive function. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 01:25 PM IST

6. Promoting Mental Well-being: Living with HIV involves not only physical challenges but also emotional and mental stress. Nutrition plays a role in supporting mental well-being. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish and flaxseeds, have been linked to improved mood and cognitive function. (Pixabay)

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Nutritionist, Nupuur Patil concluded, “Proper nutrition is a cornerstone of holistic HIV management. By empowering people with the knowledge and tools to make informed dietary choices, we can contribute to a healthier and more resilient community. Together, as a global community, we can nourish hope and strive towards a future where everyone affected by HIV can live their lives to the fullest.” (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 01:25 PM IST

Nutritionist, Nupuur Patil concluded, “Proper nutrition is a cornerstone of holistic HIV management. By empowering people with the knowledge and tools to make informed dietary choices, we can contribute to a healthier and more resilient community. Together, as a global community, we can nourish hope and strive towards a future where everyone affected by HIV can live their lives to the fullest.” (Unsplash)

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