An intense or long bout of illness can quickly deplete some or all essential nutrients in your body. Whilst ensuring that you get most of your nutrition from a healthy diet you can also use supplements to help restore nutrients whilst you are recovering. A supplement in the form of a shake may be extremely helpful especially in cases where you are feeling too ill to eat normal foods.
Nutritional supplements can aid in speeding up your recovery, though they cannot be used as a replacement for the inclusion of wholesome foods and the need for adequate rest.
A good vitamin and mineral supplement can ensure that vitamins and minerals required by the body are present in adequate amounts during the convalescence process. Vitamin C and zinc are essential for additional support during the recovery process.
Vitamin C and zinc are essential for additional oxidative stress and wound healing support during the recovery process 8,9.
Impact of cancer on the body
Cancer and cancer treatments can result in malnutrition as they may 25
- Affect taste, smell, appetite, and the ability to eat enough food to absorb the nutrients from food which can cause malnutrition
- As a result, an individual may feel weak, tired, and unable to fight infections or even finish their cancer treatment
The role of nutrition for cancer patients
When you have cancer, eating the right amount of protein and kilojoules is important for healing, fighting infection and having enough energy.
Nutrition therapy is used to help cancer patients keep a healthy body weight, maintain strength, keep body tissue healthy and decrease the side effects both during and after treatment 25.
Whilst nutritional supplement drinks are not meant to be the primary source of cancer patients nutrition, they can help them to get the nutrition that they need. Nutrient supplements provide protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
It is especially important to get nutritional advice from your healthcare professional prior to using any supplements if you are suffering from any type of cancer.
Nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle when you have diabetes in order to help you keep your blood glucose level, also called blood sugar, in your target range.
Nutrient requirements for diabetics are likely to be higher than those set for healthy individuals.
- Diabetics are prone to deficiencies in magnesium and zinc 10,11.
- Some medications used to treat diabetes can result in increased nutrient requirements 10,11.
- Nutrition therapy is critical in the management of diabetes to ensure the maintenance of correct blood sugar levels 10,11.
It is important to get nutritional advice from your healthcare professional prior to using any supplements if you are suffering from diabetes.
Impact of managing illness
- A disrupted quality of life
- Intense stress for the sufferer and their family members which can impact their nutrition
- Mood changes which can be a complication especially in patients with long term illnesses
- A rapid depletion of body’s essential nutrients
- A compromised immune system which may cause further complications
LIFEGAIN® benefits for individuals managing illness
- The combination of nutrients offers unique support for body functions affected by illness
- Provides support for normal psychological function
- High in protein to assist with regaining physical strength
- Contains nutrients in high levels to help to restore the bodies lost nutrients to assist with recovery
- High in energy
- Supports the immune system
- The shake format is easy and convenient to take especially in cases where ill individuals have lost their appetite and are struggling to eat normal foods
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