How do I deal with unintentional weight loss?

If you have experienced a sudden drop in your weight over the past six to 12 months, then immediately visit your doctor. There may be a number of causes (medical or non-medical) behind this unexplained weight loss. And your doctor is going to help you diagnose it. Do not self-treat.

What helps with a poor appetite?

Different medical or psychological conditions can lead to a loss of appetite. In these cases liquid meals high in protein and calories are good to take to ensure that the body is getting enough nutrients. Also, try incorporating smaller meals at regular intervals and some light intensity workouts to increase appetite gradually.

What is the nutrition requirements for a patient suffering from protein deficiency and at the same time cannot open his mouth to eat?

How much protein a patient needs depends on their medical condition, age, weight, height and BMI. If a patient is unable to eat with his/her mouth, they are fed through enteral or parenteral feedings.

How important is vitamin D?

You must have heard that you need calcium for stronger bones, but that is just half the story. For calcium to function properly, our body needs vitamin D too. It also plays a major role in our growth, brain and immune function. The most common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are fatigue, lethargy, muscle pain and restlessness.

How can fluids be added to a diet?

Milkshakes, soups, broth, smoothies, fresh juices are easy ways to add fluids in your diet.

Can I transition to vegetarianism and quit all kind of meat cold turkey?

Don’t transition at a rate you are not comfortable with. Plan ahead and start slow. Quit different meats one by one. Plan and make sure that you’re still getting all the nutrients you used to get from meat and meat sources.