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Nutritional Basics

Individuals with CF require more energy to breathe normally, fight lung infections and compensate for poor digestion. For these reasons, they need more calories than people without CF.

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    The Importance of Proteins: Muscle Mass

    Individuals with CF and other chronic diseases often have a “hidden” loss of muscle mass, despite normal body weight and BMI. Increasing your protein intake and exercising regularly are easy ways to preserve muscle mass.

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    Vitamins

    Your body needs vitamins to help it grow, function and fight off infection. Try to incorporate foods rich in these vitamins or take a vitamin supplement.

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    Minerals

    Like vitamins, minerals also help with normal growth, function and maintenance of good health. Individuals with CF can be deficient in these minerals.

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    Healthy High-Calorie Eating

    The thick and sticky mucus that your body produces makes it hard to absorb fat and nutrients, which is why a good CF diet is one that is high in calories and high in fat.

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    Antioxidants

    Part of achieving good lung health through nutrition is maintaining a balance of oxidants (toxic chemicals that kill invaders) and antioxidants (chemicals that control oxidants so lungs aren't damaged).

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    Eating Well During Your Pregnancy

    More women with cystic fibrosis are reaching reproductive age, becoming pregnant, and delivering babies. Nutrition before and during pregnancy is essential for all women.

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