Why Nutrition is an Essential Component of Recovery from Chronic Illness & Stress

Updated: Jul 11

Adequate and appropriate nutrition is a significant factor in recovery and prevention of chronic illness. If you have a chronic illness your general practitioner, naturopath or other healthcare practitioner may or may not recommend dietary interventions. If your GP has recommended a special diet for your illness then sometimes it can be difficult to implement it or understand it or get your carer to, either way a nutritionist can help overcome sticking points in the diet prescribed and adhere to an effective, realistic and pleasant dietary plan with professional support.

Inappropriate nutritional management by healthcare professionals contributes to increased complication rates and increased hospitalisation time (Ulltang et al. 2013). Economic evidence indicates that treatment or prevention of malnutrition provides an opportunity to improve patient wellbeing and lower health system costs (Milte et al. 2013). Increasing rates of obesity and type II diabetes in the community are primarily due to unhealthy lifestyle practices including poor nutrition, which require early identification, management and appropriate professional support.

Crowley et al. 2019 found that globally, nutrition education provided to medical students is currently not sufficient to develop confidence in providing nutritional care.

It is best to see a trained nutritionist.
Book Now Ulltang M, Vivanti AP, Murray E . Malnutrition prevalence in a medical assessment and planning unit and its association with hospital readmission. Aust Health Rev. 2013 Nov;37(5):636-41 Milte RK, Ratcliffe J, Miller MD, Crotty M. Economic evaluation for protein and energy supplementation in adults: opportunities to strengthen the evidence. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Dec;67(12):1243-50. Crowley J, Ball L, Hiddink G. Nutrition in Medical Education: a systematic review. Lancet Planet Health 2019, 3;e379-e389

“Dr Michael Gregor MD highlights the impact of nutrition on the prevention and course of illness, and why it is imperative to incorporate nutrition into medical education.”

If you're a healthy adult the daily recommended foods are tabled below. If you have a chronic illness then you need to see a nutritionist or dietician or your General Practitioner for in depth help.

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