While living with HIV is not easy, it is possible to live a fairly healthy and happy life even if one has contracted the HIV virus. A person who has HIV will need to pay closer attention to his or her diet and lifestyle than a healthy person and take certain precautions to ensure that he or she stays in good health. Following are some tips on how to stay healthy and happy even with the HIV virus.
First off, someone with the HIV virus should take a close look at his or her diet. While eating healthy is a good idea for everyone, a person with HIV will need to eat healthy foods and avoid unhealthy ones if he or she wants to avoid serious medical complications. A diet that is high in fruits and vegetables is advisable and one should avoid eating processed foods and foods with high sugar content. Whole grain foods such as brown rice and whole wheat bread are much better than white rice and white bread. One should also avoid drinking too much alcohol as this lowers a person’s resistance to infections.
Aside from eating healthy foods, there are also a number of herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements that can be of great help to a person living with HIV. Kava, St. John’s wort, turmeric and milk thistle are particularly good herbs. Some of these herbs help the liver to better handle the HIV drugs that an HIV positive person is taking. Other herbs help a person battling with HIV to combat depression and anxiety.
A person with HIV should also exercise on a regular basis. Exercise has a lot of positive health benefits for anyone. One should choose a form of exercise that he or she enjoys and exercise at least three times a week, although daily exercise is the ideal.
Keeping a positive attitude is also important. Stress is not only unpleasant but it also has a negative effect on a person’s health. A person with HIV should set goals and find a purpose in live that will provide him or her with an incentive to strive to stay healthy and free from complications. The power of positive thinking should not be underestimated when it comes to living with HIV. One should also avail him or herself not only of the medical help that is available from a doctor but also of the many natural means of staying in good health when battling with HIV.