Recommendation for AIDS

Diet Recommendations for AIDS:

  • A fellow with AIDS should take a wholesome diet which can fulfill the requirements of macro- nutrients and micronutrients. Proteins will help in building and maintaining muscle Mass; Carbohydrates and fats work as the energy source and a layering of the fats in your body will help in protecting against infections.
  • You should eat more and more so that you are having enough energy to fight against infections.
  • You should take adequate quantity of fluids. The extra water will cleanse the body and minimize side effects of the HIV medication. It is also important to maintain body well hydrated and maintain normal working of the digestive system.
  • You meal should be easy to digest and you should totally avoid hard to digest food stuffs.
  • Staple foods should make up the largest portion of your meal. These foods supply required quantity of energy and protein. Staple foods include cereals (like rice, maize, millet, sorghum, wheat and barley), starchy roots (like potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava and yams) and starchy fruit (such as bananas). But, staple foods are not enough to provide all the nutrients the body needs. So other foods must be eaten to provide additional energy, proteins and micronutrients.
  • Eat legumes daily: Legumes provide the proteins needed to develop and repair the body and also to build up strong muscles. These are good sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber and boost the immune system. Legumes include beans, peas, lentils, groundnuts (including peanut butter) and soybeans. When eaten with staple foods the quality of protein is increased.
  • Eat animal and milk products regularly: Foods from animals and fish should also be eaten as often as you can. These supply quality proteins, vitamins and minerals and help to strengthen muscles and immune system. These foods include all forms of meat, poultry (birds), fish, eggs and dairy products such as milk, sour milk, buttermilk, yoghurt and cheese.
  • Eat vegetables and fruit every day: Vegetables and fruit are an important part of a healthy and balanced meal. These foods are especially important for people living with HIV/AIDS to fight infection. A recommended fruits and vegetables include: Green leafy vegetables (spinach, pumpkin, cassava leaves), green peppers, squash, carrots, yellow peaches, apricots, papaya and mangoes; these are good sources of vitamin Another vegetables and fruit: Tomatoes, cabbage, oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, lemons, guavas mangoes, passion fruit, pineapples, mulberries and baobab fruit; there are good sources of vitamin C; help to fight infection
  • Alcoholic drinks remove water from the body and should therefore be consumed only in limited amounts. They can also interfere with the action of medicines.

Lifestyle Recommendations for AIDS:

The main aims of lifestyle modification are:

  • Minimizing the chances of infection
  • Preventing the spread of HIV
  • Giving emotional support to the fellow

The main lifestyle recommendations are:

To minimize chances of infection:

  • Wash the hands often and always after using the bathroom and before preparing meals.
  • Cut your nail in time and clean the under fingernails
  • Never expose the cuts/ wounds and sores
  • To prevent dryness apply some moistening cream to hands and feet
  • Avoid contact with ill fellows
  • Avoid contact with fecal wastes of pets and birds.
  • Get vaccination in time
  • Take proper rest and sleep
  • Keep your home clean
  • Eat only properly cooked meals and avoid raw eggs and fishes.
  • Wash the fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consumption.
  • Do not smoke and drink alcohol
  • Wear gloves when gardening.

Preventing the Spread of HIV to Others

  • Having sex or sharing needles with another person can transmit HIV. So it is best to abstain from sex. If you are sexually active, use a male latex condom. Sexual activity includes intercourse and any other sexual acts that result in the exchange of bodily fluids.
  • Inform your sexual partners of your HIV positive status.
  • Never share personal items, such as razors, toothbrushes, or tweezers.
  • Do not donate blood or organs.
  • Get advice from your doctor about contraception options.
  • If you have a baby, do not breastfeed. The virus can be transmitted in your milk.

Emotional Support and Counseling

Counseling with a mental health professional will:

  • Improve your coping strategies for dealing with the physical symptoms of AIDS
  • Help you to accept yourself as a HIV positive fellow. Acceptance about reality is very important to make the positive changes.
  • Assist you in dealing with the stress and anger that accompanies diagnosis of HIV infection
  • Help you deal with losses associated with the disease, such as the inability to work and dependence on others for housekeeping or personal care

Yoga Recommendations from AIDS:

Following Yoga Postures and Pranayama will help a HIV +ve fellow greatly in improving general immunity and protecting against different diseases:

Articles you should read:

Ayurveda About AIDS
Sign and Symptoms of AIDS
Ayurvedic Treatment of AIDS
Ayurvedic Medicine for AIDS