Healthy eating is good for your overall health. If you are living with HIV, Hepatitis C, or a lifelong chronic illness, following a healthy diet offers several benefits.
Good nutrition helps:
Provide the energy and nutrients your body needs to fight HIV and other infections.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Manage disease symptoms and complications.
Absorb medicines and help manage potential side effects.
People living with HIV sometimes face issues that can affect their nutrition, such as:
Changes in your body’s metabolism.
Medicines that can upset your stomach.
Foods that can affect antiretroviral therapy (ART) (like raw meats and fish).
Opportunistic infections that can cause issues with eating and swallowing, like oral candidiasis and Kaposi sarcoma.
Any of these problems can affect your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients necessary to stay in good health.
We can also counsel you on an exercise plan. Exercise offers benefits that can help you maintain good physical and mental health. Exercise can increase your strength, endurance, and fitness, and help your immune system work better to fight infections.