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Dietary Needs And The HIV Patient

People that live with HIV need a considerable amount of food but they are caught in a vicious cycle of poor to no desire to eat or difficulties the make them not want to eat. This along with the bodies reduced ability to absorb the proper amount of nutrients as it used to can lead to very serious weight loss. But a HIV affected person can take in a high quality concentrated diet that can help to maintain weight and help the immune system work well. We will explore some dietary considerations here.

So what would a person with HIV need to have a higher concentrated quality to their diet? Furthermore what does higher quality diet mean?  Simply put a high quality diet consists of low fat lean protein combined legumes, fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. Since these foods have a dense nutrient value you will receive much more nutrition and provide better conditions for health and well being. There is a need for vitamins, minerals and supplements that boost the immune system and enough quality water to alleviate and combat the battle with dehydration.

Let’s briefly look at a major component of our body and of the primary things in the body to be degraded by the ravages of HIV infections and the resulting malnutrition. That component is protein. The body’s organs, muscles, and many other substances that help to make up a persons immune system are supported by building blocks of protein. Now if you don’t get enough protein or calories for that matter in your diet via the food you take in then the body finds it somewhere else. Do you know where that is? Your right! The body uses its own muscles for protein, for the fuel it has not received. Hence, the immune system will suffer and the body will weaken. Let’s look at what might be in a quality nutrient rich diet.

Keep in mind that a person needs a variety of foods. Since no food is “an everything a person needs food”, you will need to choose from a variety of sources.

Some ideas to use as a guideline and some sources are as follows:

- Lean protein such as:
*  fish, very very lean pieces of beef or pork, skinless chicken  white meat, and dairy products that are low in fat
* Eat a couple servings, at least, of legumes, nuts and seeds everyday
* Try to eat whole grains that will give you carbohydrates being sure that 50% of your carbohydrates come from this category.
* choose from the colors of the rainbow with fruit and vegetables. In other words eat from as many of the color groups as possible everyday. This amounts to 3-4 cups.

Now even if you are just having a snack, make sure you eat some fat but just a little, protein and something with some carbohydrates.

Did You Know? 

In today’s enlightened world we know that AIDS is spread through direct contact with body fluids of people who have been infected with HIV. You can get AIDS from practicing unsafe sex, from having multiple sexual partners, or born to or breast-fed from an HIV-positive woman.

It is rare for someone to get AIDS by having a contaminated organ donation or from contact with unsanitary dental equipment. You can be infected by sharing contaminated needles with other drug users, having sexually transmitted diseases or by having a contaminated blood transfusion before 1985.

The AIDS virus can go undetected for over ten years but it is destroying the immune system without your knowledge. Remember to be safe! You can get AIDS by both homosexual and heterosexual sexual activity. Take precautions with all of your sexual partners.

If you are a member of the medical profession, take extra precautions to not touch a patient’s bodily fluids.

Do be sure to eat snacks between meals and do it without fail. Ideal foods for snacking might be:
* yogurt
* carrots
* seeds
* nuts
* fruit

Aside from the snacking make sure you eat three quality meals a day. Aside from food intake, drink a lot of pure clean drinking water.  Make sure to drink at least 8 cups a day. Increase that as much as possible to overcome the adverse reactions associated with vomiting, fever, or diarrhea... Another note on diarrhea would be to eat bananas for fiber if you are having this problem. Reduce the intake of any unrefined cereals or grains to help alleviate the diarrhea.


AIDS Facts

A healthy immune system may be able to fight off the HIV virus far longer than one that is already damaged.

Being exposed to the virus does not mean you will get it, and having the virus does not guarantee you will develop AIDS.

You might want to consider taking nutritional supplements daily in the form of an RDA 100% value multivitamin and mineral but avoid extra iron. If you find that weight loss is still occurring talk to your doctor and check the possibility of adding a nutritional support drink in your battle to maintain a high quality nutrient rich diet. By taking into consideration the information here in the battle against HIV malnutrition the person with HIV will be much better equipped to support their body’s battle.



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