If you are one of the HIV singles and are thinking about getting back on the market, keep in mind that not only should you be emotionally ready for this step, but physically as well. Even treatments you’re receiving might have some nasty side effects that will make you think a partner is the last thing you need right now. However, whether you have just been diagnosed with HIV or you have been living with it for quite some time, healthy nutrition can keep your body and immune system in check. It will minimize symptoms of HIV, lessen the side effects of medications and improve your overall quality of life.
Maintain a healthy weight
To stay strong and healthy you should consume enough calories to maintain a healthy weight. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch what you eat. Keep in mind that your immune system is significantly weakened, so you are more vulnerable to food poisoning. Therefore, you should avoid eating raw meat, wash fruits and vegetables and consider using a water filter at home.
Eat adequate protein
When you are HIV positive you have higher protein needs than people who are negative. Your body needs it to make, repair and maintain all the cells so make sure you include lean poultry, fish, low-fat dairy products, eggs and legumes in your diet.
You need vitamins and minerals
Of course, to stay strong and healthy you need vitamins and minerals, but keep in mind that some of them such as zinc, iron, selenium and vitamin B may not be well absorbed in individuals who are HIV positive. Therefore, visit your doctor regularly and see whether there are nutrients lacking in your diet. In case you want to take dietary or herbal supplements, consult with your health care provider beforehand since these could interact with certain medications.
You need to drink plenty of fluids during the day to stay vital. Don’t worry; it doesn’t always have to be water, you can also make tea, drink low-fat milk and other healthy beverages.