Our expert says:
I have written a number of articles on HIV and Diet and you can access them by doing a Search on the Health24 Website with "HIV and diet" or "HIV/AIDS and Diet'. It is necessary to eat a high-protein diet to prevent muscle wasting. All proteins foods are suitable and this includes: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, yoghurt, cheese, maas, and plant protein foods such as legumes (dry beans, peas, lentils and soya products). Basically it is good idea to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (all of them contain protective nutrients) and to take Salmon oil capsules to boost the immune system. If you phone the Dept of Health in Pretoria you should be able to obtain the booklet on 'Nutrition Guidelines for People Living with HIV/AIDS" - your local clinic may also have copies available. Also phone Magda of Fresenius Kabi and ask her about Supportan, a high-energy, high-protein meal replacement which is enriched with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants (Tel: 083-603-2000 or (011) 203-2000). Stopping smoking is a positive step and the fact that you are exercising is also excellent. Just make sure that you also get enough rest.
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