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Nutrition and HIV

Nutrition and HIV

Nutrition and HIV

Table of Contents
Nutrition and HIV
How Is Nutrition Measured?
Diet and HIV
Women Living with HIV and Nutrition
Ways to Improve Nutritional Status
Taking Care of Yourself
Nutrition and HIV
Good nutrition is very important for long-term health and well-being. Studies have found that people living with HIV (HIV+) who have a healthy diet and good nutritional status can better tolerate HIV drugs, maintain a healthy weight, and feel better overall.

Nutrients are things like fats, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and other important chemicals. You need proper levels of different nutrients in order to build and repair cells, keep hormones regulated, fight infection, and maintain energy levels. For the most part, we cannot make nutrients. We get what we need from food and when that is not possible, dietary supplements.

Good nutrition depends on many things, including:

What type of food you eat and how much
How you digest and absorb nutrients
How different parts of your body use these nutrients
HIV-related changes in any of these factors can affect your nutritional status. Over time, this can lead to a variety of nutritional problems, including:

Weight loss
Muscle wasting (loss of muscle)
High levels of fats and sugars in the blood
Not enough vitamins and minerals
Many of these HIV-related problems can be avoided, or managed, by eating the right foods.

How Is Nutrition Measured?
Nutritional status can be assessed in many ways, including:

Weight and other measurements of body fat and muscle mass
Hemoglobin or hematocrit counts, which measure iron in the blood (hemoglobin helps your red blood cells carry oxygen, which gives you energy)
Other blood tests to check levels of important fats (cholesterol and triglycerides), proteins (such as albumin), vitamins (B-12, vitamin D), and minerals (sodium, potassium)
Hemoglobin A1c levels to diagnose pre-diabetes or to monitor diabetes
Diet and HIV
A healthy diet is a key part of any HIV treatment plan. A diet is simply any food and drink that you consume regularly. Your diet should give you the nutrients you need to:

Fight weight and muscle loss
Keep energy levels high
Help you get what you need from medications you take
Minimize the negative impact of HIV drugs
What kind of diet you should follow depends on your weight and your nutritional status (cholesterol, blood sugar, vitamin levels, etc.). A nutritionist or registered dietician can help figure out what type of diet makes the most sense for you. AIDS service organizations and healthcare clinics sometimes have nutritionists on staff.

Women Living with HIV and Nutrition
Nutritional guidelines such as the US Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) are set by the government to let people know how much of each nutrient they need each day to maintain good health. However, the RDA does not take into account that having HIV increases these needs. One study showed that people living with HIV needed between six and 25 times the RDA of some nutrients.

Due to dieting (restrictive eating), eating unhealthy foods, lack of time, and other pressures, some women in the US do not eat what they need to meet even the basic RDA requirements for many nutrients. This puts women, especially women living with HIV, at particular risk for not getting enough nutrients to maintain their health.

However, this does not mean that women living with HIV are necessarily underweight. In fact, in some resource-rich countries like the US, more women living with HIV are overweight or obese than women in the general population. Weight gain is a common side effect of some HIV drugs. Although HIV drugs greatly reduce AIDS-related illnesses and help people live longer, healthier lives, recent research shows that weight gain associated with HIV drugs can increase a woman’s risk of diabetes. Since being obese can increase the chances of getting conditions already common for many people living with HIV (e.g., heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol), it is important to maintain a healthy weight.

Ways to Improve Nutritional Status
Maintain a Healthy Weight
With a chronic infection like HIV, your body burns more energy (calories). If you are using more than you are bringing in, you may lose weight. It is also possible to eat more calories than you are using, and thus gain weight. Either way, if you are not eating healthy foods, you can suffer from malnutrition and hurt your health.

Some people living with HIV need a higher daily calorie intake to prevent weight loss. Hunger is not always a reliable guide, because you can feel nauseous or turned off by food, even when you need it. If this is the case, speak to your health care provider about ways to manage your nausea or stimulate your appetite.

Eat More Complex Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are a good source of energy, but can be a problem if you have diabetes. They are found in foods like:

Bread
Pasta
Rice
Cereal
Potatoes
Carbohydrates come in different forms. Simple carbohydrates are more easily digested, but can cause your blood sugar to rise sharply. Simple carbohydrates include sugar (as found in sweets, soft drinks), white rice, and white flour. They also occur naturally in fruits and milk.

Complex carbohydrates (also called starches) take longer for your body to digest, and often contain more fiber and other nutrients than simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates include whole grains, beans (legumes), starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes, and brown rice. Because they take longer to digest, complex carbohydrates do not cause blood sugar to rise as sharply as simple carbohydrates and are therefore recommended for people with diabetes.

Eat More Protein to Fight Muscle Loss
Protein (along with physical activity) helps your body build and maintain muscles. During times of infection, protein stored in muscles can get burned as a fuel source. This can lead to loss of muscle, also called muscle wasting.

It is important to try to eat at least three servings of protein every day. A good estimate of a ‘serving’ is the amount of food the size of your fist. Foods high in protein include:

Lean meats, including beef, chicken, and pork
Fish
Cottage cheese and yogurt
Eggs
Beans, chickpeas, soybeans, and nuts
Some animal sources of protein can be high in saturated fats, and should be used in moderation—especially if you have elevated cholesterol or you are at risk for heart disease.

Fiber, Water, Fruits, and Vegetables for Gut Health
A healthy gut is necessary in order for your body to get what it needs from foods, supplements, and medications. Foods high in fiber can help keep your bowel movements regular and support gut health. These include:

Oats
Whole grain bread
Lentils
Chickpeas
Beans
Fruits and vegetables
Prunes and apricots
Water (8-10 8-oz cups a day, or about two liters), juices, fresh fruits, and vegetables can help you digest and eliminate waste. Drinking more water can help you avoid dehydration and constipation, and reduce the side effects of medications.

Animal fat, especially dairy, can make diarrhea worse. If diarrhea is a problem, you may need to cut back on animal fat, fried foods, and sugary foods. It is important to know that juices often contain large amounts of sugar. Sometimes the sugar is natural (from the fruit), and sometimes there is sugar added to the juice (e.g., cane sugar, corn syrup). Either way, juices tend to have more sugar and less fiber than fresh fruit. As a result, juices can make diarrhea worse and people who have diabetes or pre-diabetes are advised to drink juices sparingly.

Include Foods to Reduce Inflammation
Because the immune system of a person living with HIV is always struggling to get rid of the virus, the immune system of people living with HIV is always activated, or “turned on.” An activated immune system produces inflammation. Ongoing inflammation appears to be related to many conditions, including heart disease and cancer.

The good news is there are several foods that can help to reduce inflammation. These include:

Green leafy vegetables like chard, collards, kale, and spinach
Bok choy (Chinese cabbage)
Broccoli
Beets
Celery
Certain fish, like mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna
Certain fruits, like blueberries, cherries, pineapple, and strawberries
Certain nuts, like almonds and walnuts
Certain oils, like olive oil and coconut oil
Certain seeds, like chia seeds and flax seeds
Certain spices, like turmeric and ginger
Tomatoes
Supplements
People living with HIV need more vitamins to build and repair tissue. It may not always be possible to get all the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) from foods you eat. Not getting enough micronutrients can cause problems such as anemia.

While supplements do not replace a well-balanced diet, they can help you get the additional micronutrients you need. Many people living with HIV take a general multivitamin, and some take additional supplementation as needed for specific micronutrients (such as calcium pills for women who do not get enough from their diet). Because several studies have shown that taking a general multivitamin can have health benefits for people living with HIV, many health care providers regularly recommend that their patients living with HIV take multivitamins.

Speak to your health care provider and see a registered dietician for a nutritional evaluation. They can help you determine what combination of dietary changes and supplementation can correct any micronutrient shortages you have.

Practice Food Safety
It is very important to protect yourself against infections that can be carried by food or water:

Wash your hands before preparing or eating food
Wash all fruits and vegetables carefully
Do not eat raw or undercooked eggs or meat
Use bottled water if the public water supply is not totally safe
Include Foods to Reduce Inflammation
Because the immune system of a person living with HIV is always struggling to get rid of the virus, the immune system of people living with HIV is always activated, or “turned on.” An activated immune system produces inflammation. Ongoing inflammation appears to be related to many conditions, including heart disease and cancer.

The good news is there are several foods that can help to reduce inflammation. These include:

Green leafy vegetables like chard, collards, kale, and spinach
Bok choy (Chinese cabbage)
Broccoli
Beets
Celery
Certain fish, like mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna
Certain fruits, like blueberries, cherries, pineapple, and strawberries
Certain nuts, like almonds and walnuts
Certain oils, like olive oil and coconut oil
Certain seeds, like chia seeds and flax seeds
Certain spices, like turmeric and ginger
Tomatoes
Taking Care of Yourself
It is not always easy to stick to a well-balanced and healthy diet. However, the benefits of good nutrition are clear. Well-nourished people have a healthier immune system and are better prepared to fight off infections. In addition, many people living with HIV use food and supplements to manage a variety of complications and side effects.

Your diet and supplements are key parts of your total strategy to fight HIV and stay healthy. Although there are no US nutritional guidelines with specific recommendations for people living with HIV, a well-balanced and varied diet that includes all vitamins and minerals seems to be the best way to go. Work with your health care provider and a dietician or nutritionist on a regular basis to develop the best plan for you.

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The Most Powerful Lemon and Garlic Mixture To Clean Your Arteries and Prevent Heart Attacks

The Most Powerful Lemon and Garlic Mixture To Clean Your Arteries and Prevent Heart Attacks

The Most Powerful Lemon and Garlic Mixture To Clean Your Arteries and Prevent Heart Attacks: Here we will know about the most powerful lemon and garlic mixture to clean your arteries and prevent heart attacks. Many people might have heard about heart blockage and for many, this term might be new. A patient suffering from heart blockage has a devious and slower heartbeat as compared to a regular healthy heart.

There are usually five types of heart blockage that might occur viz. First Degree Heart Block, Type-I Heart block, Type-II Heart Block, Type-III Heart Block, Third degree and Bundle branch heart block. People with heart blockage often experience symptoms such as fainting, vertigo, short breath, drop in performance etc. If not cured earlier, heart blockage might be lethal to you and can cause Heart failure. But don’t despair if you have any type of heart blockage there is an enchanting mixture made out of two superfoods. You can effectively Clear heart blockages with this powerful lemon and garlic mixture and improve the blood circulation along with many other health benefits.

Lemon and garlic greatly premeditated as superfoods have astounding health benefits and promote a healthy body. Easily available anywhere at a fairly low cost makes it a very effective natural ingredient consumed by many people to foster better health and stay away from any types of deleterious disorders. Here we have listed three different types of remedies that will not only clear your heart blockage but consume this mixture daily will boost your immunity and save you from high medical expenses.

Recipe 1. Apple Cider Sweetness:
Why we added sweetness prior to apple cider is because this mixture constitutes a sweet ingredient “Honey”. Honey being delicious sweet syrup also packs a lot of antioxidants, B Vitamins, Niacin, Folic acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, calcium, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Magnesium, Chromium and the never-ending list continues. The honey is mixed with the Apple Cider Vinegar that is rich in Vitamin B1, B2, and B6 along with folic acid, biotin, niacin, Vitamin C and many other essential minerals.

Ingredients you will need:
1. Lemon Juice (1 Cup)
2. Ginger Juice (1 Cup)
3. Garlic Juice (1 Cup)
4. Apple Cider Vinegar (1 Cup)
5. Organic/Natural Honey (3 Cups)

How to use:

Heat up a saucepan/pot containing the mixture of lemon juice, garlic juice, ginger juice and apple cider vinegar. While heating the mixture stir it thoroughly until one cup of the liquid has been evaporated into thin air or 30 mins. After this mixture is ready, let it sit for few minutes until colled properly. Pour the mixture into a glass bottle or a jar along with the 3 cups of honey. Mix everything well and store it in the refrigerator. You can consume a tablespoon of this mixture every day ahead of your breakfast on an empty stomach.

Recipe 2. The Astringent Surprise:
Astringent is basically the flavor of a super ingredient that we are going to use for this mixture. Can you guess it? Well, it’s none other than Clove! The clove holds many health benefits including better digestion, has cancer-fighting agents, protect the liver, control diabetes, makes skeletal system strong and greatly boosts the immune system. Clove contains essential oils such as acetyl eugenol, vanillin, maslinic acid etc. It features vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E, K, Folates, Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamin with traces of sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zin and lot more.

Ingredients you will need:
1. Lemon Pulp cut into tiny pieces (6 Quantity)
2. Well ground Cloves (10-15)
3. Thoroughly peeled and peeled garlic (30 Bulbs)
4. Fresh Filtered Water (2 Liters)

How to use:

Add the lemon, garlic, and cloves to a blender along with half the water as compared to the mixture. Blend it well to form a fine paste. After that, pour that mixture into a bowl and add the remaining water to it. After adding the water it will form a light watery texture like a juice. Keep it still for sometime after mixing it well. Filter the juice using a strainer and store it in the refrigerator. It is very important that you must store the mixture in a glass container as plastic may lead to toxins. Consume this mixture thrice daily for 3 weeks and then pause for a week and continuing the same for a period of 6 months.

Recipe 3. The Healing Lemonlic:
This ingredient is purely based on our main ingredients that are garlic and lemon without the addition of any third ingredient. This is easier to consume for those who are not a big fan of lemony garlic taste. Apart from clearing your heart blockage, it keeps your hydrated and active whole day.

Ingredients you will need:
1. Lemon Pulp cut into tiny pieces (6 Quantity)
2. Thoroughly peeled and peeled garlic (30 Bulbs)
3. Fresh Filtered Water (4 Liters)

How to use:

Add half the lemon, garlic to a blender along with half the water as compared to the mixture. Blend it well to form a fine paste. After that, pour that mixture into a bowl and add the remaining water to it. Boil the mixture for about five minutes and allow it cool for another 10 minutes. After it’s cooled properly, use a strainer to filter the juice for any residue. Consume the mixture for 12 months while keeping it safe in the refrigerator.

Healthy Heart, Healthy You!
With a lot of cases of heart disorders, heart blockage being one life-threatening issue. If not treated earlier it may cost your life. One must carefully look for the above symptoms of heart blockage and act accordingly to treat it. Thus, we have provided you with 3 beneficial recipes made out of a lemon, garlic and other essential ingredients that will be helpful in clearing the blockage of your heart and greatly enhance your good health.

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