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The key to stay safe is getting regularly TESTED for HIV and other sexualdiseases/infections every 3-6 months and knowing HOW to keep yourself safe. Safe Masti is your one-stop solution for testing clinics/labs, useful information on preventing HIV, and de-stigmatising life after HIV. Let’s start now!

Nutrition And Self-Care For HIV-Positive People

by | Nov 22, 2018 | Counselling, HIV, Lifestyle, Living With HIV, Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you think discrimination was the only touchy topic for HIV-positive people, think again! Health is a bigger battle that people living with HIV have been fighting.

Nutrition for HIV-positive people

Nutrition. Image Source: Internet

 

People with HIV are generally advised to live a stress-free life. They are also advised to take their medications on time. However, it isn’t quite as simple as “pop your pills and you are fine”. HIV-positive people are not just prone to infections and diseases but also to certain cancers, weakness of bones, muscle wasting, stomach ulcers, sleeping problems, lethargy, liver and kidney problems. This makes Good Nutrition and Self-Care essential and vital for people living with HIV.

What are the areas that you must ensure good nutrition if you are living with HIV?

Nutrient deficiency is common among HIV-positive people due to the loss of vitamins and minerals caused by diarrhea, virus and bacterial infections. Sometimes you lose appetite because of the medication and fatigue.

  1. Nutrient supplements are necessary. Take a multivitamin tablet regularly along with the medication as all excess nutrients will pass out of the body. Do consult your doctor for the specific nutrient deficiency which would, if disregarded, lead to further complications.
  2. Never skip meals, always eat on a regular schedule. Taking these meals on time also helps in dealing with fatigue and following your medication and daily regimen. Bananas, mangoes and apples are some important energy source. Egg whites (boiled) also are a great source of energy.
  3. Just taking supplements is insufficient. The nutrient intake should be steady and go in-hand with eating the right kind and quantity of food and liquids.
  4. Drink plenty of liquids as the body dehydrates at a higher rate when you are in ART. Start the day by drinking a bottle of water so that you do not regret having less water throughout the day. 
Self-care

Self-care. Source: Internet


Self-Care

Recent studies have revealed that stress and traumatic life experiences affect the viral load and CD4 among people living with HIV. In order to lead a good life, it is important to have your “me time”. Spend some part of your day in self-care. Here are a few tips to help you feel good:

  • Meditate – If you’re having a tough time getting several tasks done every day or you easily get drained by doing errands, start the day with meditation or yoga. It helps you to calm down and is very simple – just sit in a quiet corner and focus on your breathing. This will help you relax and rejuvenate your mind and body. 
  • Exercise – Even a half an hour workout every day will improve your life and keep your vitals in check. Respect your body and make sure it remains healthy while it is still fighting with the virus. 
  • Personal Hygiene – It is important to live in hygienic and sanitary conditions in order to stay away from harmful infections that will harm your immunity further. Keep your home clean. Keep your hands clean. Bathe twice daily – you will feel refreshed. 
  • Sleep – While on treatment your body demands rest – at least eight hours of sleep every 24 hours. Even a few hours less of sleep will lead to weariness and fatigue and a lot of other complications that can be easily avoided. 
  • Treatment – It is good to be involved in your treatment regime. While you adhere to the timings of your pills, you should also engage with peers to know how they are coping with their lifestyle and help in bringing positivity in their lives.

Slow down to take care of yourself. Live a better quality of life. Combine this with the right combination of antiretrovirals. You will live a healthy, happy, long and a much more fulfilling life.

If you have any more questions, please don’t hestitate to reach out to us.

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