Nutrition plays a hugely important role in supporting our everyday health and wellbeing, but did you know that getting the nutrition you need can also help you to recover faster from illness and injury, feel stronger in your day to day and support your immune system to function at its best.
It’s not always easy to make sure your body is getting all of the nutrients that it needs, especially when you’re feeling under the weather. While anyone can be at risk of not getting all the nutrition their body needs, you or a loved one may be more at risk if you are:
It’s important to remember that people who are overweight can also be at risk of not getting all of the nutrition they need.
Keeping yourself, or a loved one, well-nourished involves eating the right amount of energy, protein and other nutrients, like vitamins and minerals, that your body needs to work at its best. Good nutrition can:
Not getting the nutrition you need can put you at higher risk of falls and frailty, infections and lead to poorer recovery from illness or surgery.
Start by asking yourself or your loved one:
Speak to a healthcare professional (doctor, nurse or dietitian) right away. Explain that you have noticed one or more of the above signs and ask for advice on how best to optimise nutrition at this time.
Here are some steps you can take while waiting to speak to a doctor, nurse or dietitian.
Your doctor, nurse or dietitian may recommend that you start taking an Oral Nutritional Supplement (ONS) to help optimise your nutritional intake. These are drinks containing a concentrated source of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. ONS come in many different flavours, styles and sizes and should always be taken in addition to meals and snacks. Always follow your healthcare professional’s advice on ONS.
Keep an eye on how you’ve been eating and feeling. If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, speak to your doctor, nurse or dietitian.
For more information on oral nutritional supplements, visit this link: Oral Nutritional Supplements
Information for patients and/or their carers. This advice does not replace the advice of the managing healthcare professional.