A healthy diet is more than just “food” – it provides fuel as well as the building blocks to keep or restore health and to help with healing.
Maintaining a healthy diet and good nutrition is important for everyone, but is crucial to the person who has an illness, is receiving certain medical treatments, recovering from surgery, or has had unwanted weight loss. Your body may be working extra hard to restore good health, and this may increase your nutrient needs. The nutrients needed by the body include:
These nutrients work together to maintain and build body tissue and provide energy for your body. Normally, these nutrients are provided by eating a variety of foods. However, because of your special needs, you are getting your nutrition in a liquid form through a tube.