1. Watch your calorie intake: Your need for calories will vary depeNutrition-Pro-Tip-pic.jpgnding on your BMI (Body Mass Index) and the type of disability you have. Remember the most people with a mobility impairment burn fewer calories per day compared to a non-disabled person that is of the same age, height, and weight.
  2. Consume more calcium: People who cannot bear weight are at high risk for osteoporosis. Calcium and vitamin D3 improve circulation and help maintain bone mass. Dairy, spinach, kale, okra, collards, soybeans, and some fish are high in calcium. Foods high in vitamin D are tuna, salmon, dairy, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.
  3. Protein helps prevent skin breakdown: Having a diet high in protein can help keep your skin healthy and aid in healing an existing wound. There are many Protein calculators online to help you find your ideal protein intake. If you have an existing would, your doctor may recommend significantly increasing your protein intake.  
  4. Drink lots of water: Drinking lots of water is for people with disabilities is crucial for several reasons. People who must intermittently catheterize themselves or have an indwelling catheter are at high risk for urinary tract infections. Drinking soda, juices, caffeine, and alcohol all increase the risk for UTIs and weight gain. Water keeps the kidneys and bladder healthy by flushing out bacteria. Staying well-hydrated also aids digestion.
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