HIV (= human immunodeficiency virus). The virus damages the immune system until it finally fails completely. The end stage of HIV is called AIDS (= acquired immune deficiency syndrome).
Why is nutritional therapy important?
Diet can influence the course of an HIV infection. "According to studies, HIV-positive people with a good nutritional status (weight and supply of all important nutrients) develop AIDS symptoms much later than malnourished infected people" (source: DGE, advisory standards). Qualified, certified nutritional advice for accompanying therapy is therefore useful in all stages of the infection / disease.
Symptoms such as loss of appetite , depression, physical weakness, nausea, and side effects of antiretroviral therapy can lead to weight loss. The aim is to prevent malnutrition with underweight, because there is the risk of gradual weight loss, which leads to poor nutritional status and thereby weakens the immune system. Please be vigilant about your body weight. If you observe unwanted weight loss, counteracting it is very important and an important part of nutritional therapy. Swallowing disorders (with chewing and swallowing difficulties) & infections in the oral cavity (e.g. due to dry mouth) can make eating more difficult. On the one hand, nutrient utilization is impaired as the immune system becomes increasingly disturbed, for example by intestinal infections. On the other hand, in later stages of the disease, the basal metabolic rate can increase due to infections, fever and tumors, which leads to an overall higher energy requirement (high risk of malnutrition !).
Nutritional therapy strengthens your immune system through an anti-inflammatory diet. You will find out which foods naturally have antifungal (against fungi), antibacterial (against bacteria), antiviral (against viruses) and antioxidant and immune-boosting properties - that is, they are almost natural antibiotics. The aim is to provide you with a wholesome, anti-inflammatory diet that contains all of the fatty acids, micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that are important to you, energy and protein (the amount of protein is adapted to your individual needs) as well as secondary phytonutrients so that your body is optimally supplied . For this purpose, foods that promote inflammation are specifically avoided and plenty of anti-inflammatory foods are consumed. Weight reduction is recommended if you are overweight / obese. An anti-inflammatory diet can improve the state of health.
There is an increased need for antioxidants, and supplementation may help. However, the amount of the respective antioxidants must be taken into account, because overdosing some vitamins have an immunosuppressive effect.
Classification of your weight - definition and classification of weight in relation to height.
Special percentile curves apply to children and adolescents; the BMI cannot simply be used here.
BMI and interpretation: BMI: body mass index. Formula: Body weight in kg : (body height in m) 2
Normal weight: 18.5 - 24.9
Overweight = pre-obesity: 25-29.9
Obesity grade I: 30 - 34.9
Obesity grade II: 35-39.9
Obesity grade III:> 40 = per magna
Anti-inflammatory, appetite-increasing nutrition as a basis, individually tailored to you
Energy and protein adapted diet, calculation of individual needs
Hygienic measures in food preparation and caution with certain foods due to the immune deficiency
Holistic therapy - do you have any comorbidities that need to be taken into account during the consultation?
Overall fat selection, how should it be designed
How many animal foods (e.g. meat products, milk and dairy products, cheese, fish products, eggs) are recommended?
What do I have to look out for when choosing animal foods?
How can I counteract inflammatory processes through diet?
Avoid micronutrient deficiencies and mineral deficiencies & possibly counteract them with nutrient preparations
Prevent protein deficiency
Which nutrients do I need in which ratio?
Get enough fiber (> 30 g / day) through natural foods, possibly fiber substitution
Sufficient fluid: total fluid per day: 30 - 35 ml per kg body weight and day. Attention, this is not just a drinking liquid. The liquid from food (approx. 500 - 800 ml) must still be subtracted from this, so that an amount of approx. 1.3 - 2 l of drinking liquid is created.
add valuable anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer) secondary plant substances
A selection of foods tailored to your needs with cooking and technical information (for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner)
Do you like to eat your warm meal in the evening? I am happy to cater to your individual situation and we will create a plan on how you can implement your wholesome diet into your everyday life.
which oils are good for me? What should I watch out for in relation to the anti-inflammatory diet?
How much fat spread (butter / margarine / vegetable fat) can I use and which products are recommended?
Get enough Omgea-3 fatty acids and essential fatty acids
How can I boost and support my metabolism with natural foods?
Coordinate sensible meal frequency for your individual case - meal allocation
Define the desired weight stabilization / normalization & the estimated period for this
what should be considered with beverages and alcoholic beverages?
How does exercise affect your body and thus also your diet?
Avoid blood sugar fluctuations
Sweetening foods - sweeteners, glucose, fructose, sugar and sugar substitutes, what can I use and in what quantities? How high is the respective sweetness of the different products?
what should be considered when baking and cooking?
what are cheap snacks / main meals
Eating out - what should you watch out for?
Vacation, boat trip or hospital stay, what should be considered?
Flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, heartburn, loss of appetite, pain related to eating, what can I do about it?
Daily plans as an example for practical implementation in everyday life
Optimizing your eating situation
long-term maintenance of a jointly defined weight
Strengthen the stomach and intestines with natural foods
Additional therapy options
Dietetic products in support of nutritional therapy
Food supplements - under certain circumstances, a supplement can be useful
and other topics
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