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Diet tips for people with liver disease

Here is an excerpt from the book Kitchen Clinic, authored by Charmaine D'Souza. Where she tells you about how you can keep your liver healthy, even after illness.

The liver is a very important organ present on the right side of our body, essential to the elimination of waste and it is imperative that you take care of it. Here is an excerpt from Charmaine D'Souza's book Kitchen Clinic, where she tells us about the unique Liver-disease diet plan, that promises to detox your liver bringing it back to the pink of health.

What is a liver-disease diet?

A liver-disease diet provides the right amount of calories, nutrients, and liquids for you. A liver-disease diet may help your liver work better and prevent other health problems. The dietary changes you will need to make depend on the type of liver disease and health problems you have. Your dietitian or nutritionist will tell you about the type of diet that is best for you. Watch out for these 6 signs and symptoms of liver damage.

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How can a liver-disease diet part of my lifestyle?

  • Changing what you eat and drink may be hard at first. Youmay need to make these changes part of your daily routine.
  • Following a liver-disease diet may help you feel better.
  • Make sure that you choose a wide range of items from this diet so that you avoid getting bored of eating the same thing every single day. Make a list of items you are allowed to eat and keep it in your kitchen to remind yourself.
  • Always carry this list of items that you are allowed on this diet to remind yourself about it when you are not at home.
  • Any questions that you have should be asked to your doctor, dietitian, or nutritionist regarding what diet plan you should follow. The dietitian or nutritionist will work with you and help you find the right plan. The doctors will also help you in adjusting with your new diet plan.

What food and drinks should be limited or avoided while on a liver-disease diet?

The food that you technically need to avoid or reduce completely depends on the type of liver disease you suffer from and the other health problems you have. Some of the dietary changes that you might need to make are as follows:

Sodium: You might just need to decrease the amount of salt in your diet as it causes your body to hold on to liquids. This retention of fluids causes swelling in the body. Your doctor will suggest you to limit or altogether avoid high sodium foods and will naturally give you more information about a low sodium diet. Some high sodium food stuff are as follows:

Bacon, sausage, and deli meats

Canned vegetables and vegetable juice

Frozen dinners

Packaged snack foods like potato chips and pretzels

Soy, barbecue, and teriyaki sauces

Soups

Table salt

Liquids: If you have any swelling, you will have to reduce your liquid intake. All juices, sodas, water, milk, and any other beverages along with any food items that contain liquids like soup. This also contains food which melts if it is not cold like gelatin. You should consult with your doctor about the amount of liquid you should consume every day.

Alcohol: Alcohol may make your liver disease worse. Avoid alcohol at all cost. You also need to have a low-sugar diet if you are suffering from liver disease. Did you know you can get liver disease without drinking alcohol ?

What can be eaten while on a liver-disease diet?

Eat a variety of foods each day to help your liver work as well as possible, and to keep a healthy weight. You may not feel hungry or you may feel full right away after eating. This may make it hard for you to eat enough calories. Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of large meals to make sure you eat enough calories. Ask your dietitian or nutritionist how many calories you need each day. It is important to eat the right amount of protein when you have liver disease. Your dietitian or nutritionist will tell you how much protein you should have each day. Also follow these 8 food rules for a healthy liver.

Many people who suffer from liver disease have problems with, digestion, i.e. using of fat. The fat that is not broken down and used by the body is lost in bowel movements. If you have this health problem, you may need to eat less fat. Your doctor may also suggest that you eat a special type of fat that is absorbed more easily by your body. Liver disease may cause blood sugar levels to be too high or too low in some people. You may need to make changes in your diet if you have this problem. Eating a fixed amount of carbohydrates at each and every meal will help to keep the blood sugar levels in check.

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