What does it have to do with my nutrition and diet?
- Digestion of food and nutrient absorption happens throughout your gut – the process begins from the moment you smell food, continues as you chew and swallow until you excrete what was not absorbed.
- If one or more symptoms prevent you from eating (at all or eating enough) there is a risk that you will not meet your needs. Alternatively, overeating (e.g. due to boredom or emotional eating behaviours) can lead to weight gain and associated problems.
- Diarrhoea may cause you to lose essential nutrients, so you may need to adjustment on your diet.
The British Dietetic Association Critical Care Specialist group provides eating recommendations after critical illness – Nutrition at Home after Critical Illness [PDF]. This can be useful for:
- eating a high protein diet
- eating a balanced diet.
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists provides information on:
The Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust's A guide to eating well [PDF] provide ideas for:
- supporting people who have poor appetite
- information on fortifying foods
- fortifying meals, snacks and drinks.
The McMillan Community Dietetic Team's Managing taste changes [PDF] offers tips on:
- managing change of taste
- explaining why these happen
- what patients can do
- giving ideas to add flavour to foods.
The Swansea Bay University Health Board has a Covid and Long Covid recovery – therapy information pack which provides ideas for:
- eating and drinking well
- how to increase interest in food.
The BDA Critical Care Specialist group provides eating recommendations after critical illness.
For information on COVID-19 symptoms please see our Underlying mechanisms of the symptoms and what we may learn from related conditions page.