Hello my lovely BGH sisters! I hope that all is well in your lives, and you’re pursuing your dreams even in the wake of failure. When I talk of pursuing your dreams I mean that to be anything you fancy, however I hope that we have one dream in common, which is to live healthy and full lives. When you have an HIV diagnosis (especially a recent one), that may seem only like a dream, but with the knowledge and medicinal advances we have today, you can live a fulfilling life with HIV/AIDS. While there are multiple things that you can do to increase your longevity living with the infection, like making sure you’re taking your medication appropriately, exercising regularly, and giving up poor habits like smoking. One of the most important steps you can take is to monitor your nutrition.
How does nutrition affect HIV/AIDS?
There are many different ways that your nutrition can affect your HIV/AIDS, and your overall well-being. When people tell you that you are what you eat, they aren’t lying. Specifically when you are coping with having an infection like HIV/AIDS you want yo make sure that you are making the best possible choices when it comes to your nutrition.
Having HIV/AIDS can take a toll on your mental health, especially when recently diagnosed. You can experience things like depression, anxiety, and a whole host of other feelings and emotions that you may not have yet felt. Eating a well balanced diet can help you to combat these negative feelings. Adding more foods high in folic acid and vitamin b-12, can help fight off your depression and can help you keep positive thoughts, while you cope with a recent diagnosis
It’s no secret that the foods we eat play a role in our physical health. Adding plenty of leafy greens to your diet can help keep your heart healthily pumping and blood flow moving throughout your body, which you will definitely need to assist your healthy exercise regime. In addition to that, when you have HIV/AIDS your body is always fighting back the virus. You want to make sure that you are providing your immune system with the nutrients it needs to continue the fight on a daily basis. Since your body is fighting so much, you will have to constantly replenish yourself by eating a well-balanced diet and possibly adding supplements to your daily routine as well.
So what should I eat?
A diet packed with healthy greens, fruits, berries, and nuts, is definitely the way to go. A lot of doctors recommend lean meat and fish as well but if you’re vegetarian or vegan supplements can be taken in place of meats (and certain vegetables can take their place as well). Also, Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to help your body absorb any nutrients and medicines, and remove excess waste from them as well.
If you need it you can get more information on HIV/AIDS from the U.S. National Library of Medicine here at their MedlinePlus website. And as always, live your best healthy life sis!