Illness can place additional demands on the body’s requirements for energy, protein and vitamins and minerals. When a person becomes unwell, such as with the flu, the body requires good nutrition to help maintain a healthy immune system. Some diseases, such as cancer may increase the body’s requirements for energy and protein to prevent weight loss and malnutrition. Yet, ironically it is at these times when our nutritional demands are higher that we often don’t feel like eating. The illness itself or side effects from treatments might mean you:
- Feel nauseated
- Have no appetite
- Feel bloated or constipated
- Have pain when eating
A nutrition supplement may help bridge the gap between what you are able to eat and your nutritional requirements.