What to eat if you are HIV positive

By January 23, 2014HIV / AIDS

Good nutrition and a balanced diet is incredibly important for people with HIV, as they have a compromised immune system and are prone to illness and infection. They are also at higher risk for developing other diseases, and may experience common side effects such as fatigue. Certain foods can help people with HIV to feel better, and can boost their immune system so that they get sick less often and are able to fight off infection.

For a lot of HIV positive people who take ARVs, the medication can make them feel ill and nauseous. If this happens to you, then follow the BRAT diet of bread, rice, apple sauce and toast. These foods are gentle on the stomach, but still provide all the nutrients a person needs to help recover faster.

Oranges are also a great natural source of vitamins and minerals, and they’re packed with Vitamin C – an antioxidant which helps boost your immune system. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always the better option, but you can also take a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement to help ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need.

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