There is a reason the saying “you are what you eat” has stood the test of time. It’s true! Our bodies and the way they work respond to what we put in them, which is why it’s a good idea to ensure you get the right amount of essential nutrients each day as part of your commitment to recovering well.
Based on the latest scientific evidence, the best approach to eating for a long and healthy life is a diet that is balanced and meets your individual and unique needs.
This approach to nutrition can help prevent and lower risk of chronic illness, and improve recovery from illness.1 Good nutrition can also support and improve recovery by providing the body with the essential nutrition to repair and/or maintain functions of the body during and after periods of being unwell.
As your nutritional requirements may change over the course of an illness or during treatment for a disease such as cancer, it is advisable to consult a dietitian who can help you to understand these changes. They can devise tailored strategies to help meet your specific nutrition goals based on individual factors such as age, weight, health status and physical activity.
It may be harder for your body to get all the nutrients it needs when unwell. This can be because of difficulties with eating and drinking enough, poor appetite, changes in taste or your body being unable to absorb all the nutrients it needs from food and drink. In this case, daily nutritional support is also often recommended to ensure essential nutrients for good health are consumed on a consistent, ongoing basis. This can be in a liquid form, like a product such as Fortisip Compact Protein or Fortijuce, which help to provide a quick and easy way to help restore nutritional balance when your usual diet is not enough.
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- Australian Dietary Guidelines 2015: https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/guidelines/australian-dietary-guidelines-1-5)