Good nutrition allows your body to function normally and keeps your immune system strong when you are ill.
A balanced diet is the key to good nutrition. A balanced diet consists of 15-20% of protein, 50-60% of carbohydrate, 25% of fat and 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day.
When you are ill, your body tries hard to recover by fighting against the diseases. Many studies have shown that when comparing to people who are not infected, people living with HIV spend 10% more energy while resting, which is approximately 2800kcal for men and 2100kcal for women. The proportion of protein, carbohydrate and fat remains the same.