Inspired by World AIDS Awareness Day (which has grown into AIDS Awareness Week on this blog), I've been looking for new resources about the dietary dimension of life with HIV/AIDS.
From supporting the immune system to coping with side effects from medications, diet should play a key role in managing HIV and AIDS. Also, the body often experiences intense calorie burning when grappling with chronic viral issues, which means that many people who are HIV+ need to eat extra calories to compensate. It is critical to make sure these extra calories count in a good way, that people choose foods that could strengthen the body instead of further tax it.
Below are some helpful links.
- The Lifelong AIDS Alliance features nutritional fact sheets that address specific symptoms (diarrhea, loss of appetite, etc). A little heavy on the nutritional supplements recommendations, but good otherwise.
- This article in The Body discusses how a healthy diet and meds can work well together, and this one offers more detailed advice about foods to eat more of and foods to eat less of.
- This piece at AIDS Meds breaks down the advice into specifics about each food group. Most of the information is spot on.