Interplay between Immunity and Nutritional Status
Increased energy requirements – Due to the trauma and stress associated, there is a major increase in energy requirements by your body that results in negative energy balance. This leads to your body’s inability to use glucose and fat and subsequently breaking down muscle for use as the primary source of fuel.
Inactivity and prolonged bed rest – Immobility and lethargy associated with most acute and chronic illnesses results in muscle wasting, weight loss and protein loss.
Loss of appetite – From a simple flu/cold, chronic illnesses to cancer, most people experience a marked loss of appetite otherwise known as anorexia. This is a vicious cycle that leads to reduced food intake, reduced nutritional support for the immune system, and further deterioration of the existing condition.
Stress hormones during acute illness and trauma – Cortisol is a well known and documented stress hormone that is produced during illness, trauma or surgery. Cortisol is well known to increase and accelerate muscle loss, suppress the immune system and cause depressive mood.
Fever – Presence of fever especially during acute illness and trauma is a major cause of increased metabolism and resultant demand for nutrients. The increased metabolism leads to increased loss of protein and muscle mass that is proportional to the number of days that the fever is present.
Nutrition & Recovery
Without the right, supportive and scientific nutritional support, the period of recovery from a simple cold to a debilitating chronic illness could be much longer.
According to one study by Kurpav, it can take two to three times the duration of illness to replace the protein lost during an illness. A mild fever lasting 3 days could set you off 10-11 days to replace the lost proteins from a normal diet, while severe illnesses could take you anywhere between 2-3 weeks for nutritional recovery.
There is a compelling need for maintaining a healthy diet and in most cases supplementing the existing meal plan to speed up recovery and reduce subsequent complication associated with poor immune function & deteriorating nutritional status.
Who benefits from BioGain?
Recovery & Recuperation
During an acute illness, the body quickly depletes its nutrient resources due to increased physiological need and poor appetite to feed well. This leads to prolonged recovery periods with minor to major disruptions of your quality of life.
Nutritional supplementation is important during this recovery period to speed up the rate of recovery to normalcy.
- Admitted in a hospital situation but able to feed orally
- Recovering from surgery – Routine, Elective or Emergency – But discharged to recover at home
- After discharge from hospital – Need to regain vitality and health
Debilitating chronic illnesses
Those with chronic illnesses that require increased, specific and augmented nutrition
Common non-hospitalization conditions
- Recovery from Common Cold / Flu
- Other acute illnesses e.g. Infections,
- Sports injuries
- MVA (Motor Vehicle Accidents)
- Recovery from debilitating injuries
- High Blood Pressure
- People recovering from cytotoxic therapy (cancer treatment)