It's important for all of us to eat well. One reason is because if we don't get proper nutrition, we're more susceptible to getting illnesses, including infections. So for people with primary immunodeficiency (PI), who are already at a higher risk of infections, maintaining a healthy diet is especially important. If you have PI, you don't necessarily need to follow a special diet unless you have another condition that requires diet modifications. However, in certain situations, you may need to follow a special diet temporarily until you're well enough to eat your normal, balanced diet again. For instance, if you have a gastrointestinal (or "GI") infection, you might need to follow a limited diet to alleviate symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Or, if you have an illness that inhibits your ability to eat normally and absorb nutrients, you might need enteral nutrition such as the use of a nasogastric tube (through the nose) or a gastrostomy tube (directly into the stomach) to ensure you're getting properly nourished and hydrated.
Making healthy food choices is a great step toward eating right, but it's important to maintain a diet that is tailored to meet your individual needs. Work with your doctor or a nutritionist to create a balanced meal plan that is right for you.
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