Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). The human body can’t get rid of HIV and no effective HIV cure exists. But with proper medical care, and eating healthy HIV can be controlled.
HIV interferes with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, an effect that occurs with many infections. Poor absorption is also caused by opportunistic infection symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. Poor absorption can occur in any phase of HIV infection in adults and children, leading to excess nutrient loss. Compared with the HIV-negative person. HIV-infected persons have lower serum and concentrations of several micronutrients and therefore have micronutrient deficiencies.
When you have HIV, you burn calories fast. This could be because your immune system is extra active, or your condition may have affected the hormones that control your metabolism. whatever the reason, you’ll need more calories in order to keep up your weight. This can be a challenge because the HIV condition often causes loss of appetite.
|MONDAY||Roasted sweet potatoes/ Uji Afya||Mokimo/cabbage||Ugali Afya/ Terere Vegetables/fermented milk|
|TUESDAY||Boiled Arrow roots/ Tea||Mashed Bananas/liver/French beans||Brown Rice/minced meat/spinach|
|WEDNESDAY||Chapati Afya pancake/ Milk||Ugali Afya/kienyeji vegetables||Ugali Afya/ fish /Sukuma wiki|
|THURSDAY||Boiled green maize/ Wimbi Afya||Atta Mark 1 Chapati||Black beans Mokimo/ steamed cabbage|
|FRIDAY||Roasted green Bananas/Terere Afya||Rice/yellow beans/ cabbage||Roasted Potatoes/goat stew/stir-fried vegetable|
|SATURDAY||Boiled and seasoned cassava/ Tea||Githeri||Wimbi Afya ugali/ stewed chicken|
This menu plan is to help you live in a healthy way while getting all the recommended nutrients but as a person living with HIV take your medicine as per the doctors’ advice and ensure to drink 2 liters of water daily.
Good nutrition supports overall health and helps maintain the immune system. It also allows people with HIV to maintain a healthy weight and absorb HIV medicines.