Updated: Feb 28, 2020
What is the best way to “fuel your fight”? What does it mean? It’s simple - it means staying properly hydrated and maintaining your weight, lean body mass, and energy so your body has the strength to overcome whatever condition or battle it is going through. Staying strong throughout the fight helps lead you down the road to recovery quicker, so you can start feeling "normal" again.
Proper nutrition to fuel your fight should come in the form of a diverse and healthful diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. But unfortunately, this is often easier said than done since many chronic health issues, and treatments for these conditions, can cause nausea, malabsorption, and other side effects that make eating a real challenge.
The human body is approximately 70-75% water, your body needs water to function properly and to be able to clear waste efficiently. But unfortunately, due to a number of physiological and environmental factors, dehydration is all too common in older populations, those managing a chronic illness, and individuals battling cancer.
While drinking water would seem like a simple solution to rehydrating, it's important to remember electrolytes also need to be replenished. Fruit juices, flavored waters, and soft drinks generally do not contain the electrolytes needed for optimal rehydration. Sports drinks are good sources of electrolytes, but most are extremely high in sugar and can easily sour the stomach.
Maintain Weight, Lean Body Mass, and Energy
Weight loss is a dangerous side effect of many chronic health issues and is something that needs to be monitored carefully. Significant weight loss is a red flag for malnutrition, and is a sign that the body is not receiving the nutrition it needs. The goal when battling a life threatening illness is weight maintenance. Maintaining weight means you are taking in enough to fuel your fight, and you are not operating on a deficit.
Weight loss is also an indicator that the body is in a state of "catabolism" or breakdown. This often takes shape in the form of muscle wasting and significant declines in lean body mass. When you don't consume enough calories and protein to fuel the body's efforts, it starts to break down tissues (muscle, fat, glycogen) to use as fuel. The impact is greater than just recovering more slowly. It also can affect daily life by reducing stamina and energy. So simple tasks like standing at the stove to cook a meal or getting up to use the restroom in the middle of the night takes more effort than usual.
So the question becomes how much can I eat? And how much do I need to supplement, in addition to my meals, to make sure my body has what it needs to fuel my fight?
Proper hydration and nutrition are no doubt critical factors in your body being able to maintain health and fuel your fight. But when you are simply unable to meet your nutritional needs through whole foods alone, supplementation is needed.
People often turn to commercial nutrition supplement shakes to help fill their nutritional gaps, but too many of them are chalky and unpalatable. These products are super concentrated, generally with a high osmolality, which can cause issues with digestion and absorption. RESTORE by Infinit Wellness is unique in that it is a nutrition solution that is easy to digest, delivers essential nutrition, critical calories, and actually tastes good.
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