It is National Nutrition Month and this month, like every month, it is important to think about how your food choices affect your life. Any disability or injury that affects your mobility can put an increased strain on your body’s functions. Eating a balanced diet specific to your needs can help you stay healthy and avoid conditions such as urinary tract infection and diabetes. We at Next Day Access have compiled a list of ways and foods you can eat to stay healthy all year long.

Calorie Intake: The total number of calories you need each day will differ depending on many factors including age, gender, mobility and exercise levels. Your doctor will be able to tell you how much your body needs to stay healthy. Be sure to get your calories from foods that are low in fat and high in fiber.

Protein: Protein works great to keep you full and give you energy. Focus on eating proteins that are low in cholesterol such as chicken, fish, and nuts. Protein can also aid in helping your wounds heal. Whether it’s a pressure sore or some other injury, extra protein can help reduce healing time.

Fluids: Fluids are an extremely important aspect of nutrition. Fluids not only aid in regulating your body temperature but they also help with digestion which can be an area of concern for wheelchair users. Stay away from fruit juices and soda as they contain high amounts of sugar.

Fiber: Just like fluids, fiber can aid with digestion. However, too much fiber can actually slow down digestion so be sure to talk with a doctor before adjusting your fiber intake. It can also help fight diabetes by regulating your glucose levels.

This month, and every month, it is important to focus on your nutrition. Whether you are bound to a wheelchair or have impaired mobility, healthy eating can drastically improve your life. As always, before changing your diet, consult your physician or nutritionist. Happy eating!