The Benefits of Eating for Your Liver
A healthy diet is so important for anyone, but it is very important for one fighting hep C or anyone struggling with liver health issues.
Our overall health as liver patients is important, but our dietary needs are one of the top critical things we must address.
What exactly am I speaking of here, you ask?
Dietary considerations for people with liver disease
What to avoid
Don’t eat foods high in fat, sugar, and salt. Stay away from a lot of fried foods, including fast food restaurant meals.
Raw or undercooked shellfish such as oysters and clams are a definite no-no.
Select foods from all food groups
Grains, fruits, vegetables, meat and beans, milk, and oil. Eat foods with a lot of fiber. Fiber helps your liver work optimally.
Fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread, rice, and cereals can take care of your body’s fiber needs.
Drink a lot of water
It prevents dehydration, and it helps your liver to function better.
It is so important to eliminate alcohol as well. If your doctor has approved small amounts, please take that in stride. If you must drink, drink small amounts.
When a liver is struggling and already beat up and damaged from hep C, the last thing we need to do is add to the damage it already has endured.
Having a healthy liver is crucial
People think that the heart is the most important organ in our body, it is one, but the other is our liver.
The top two functions of a liver are cleaning your blood of toxins and producing bile for digestion. Your liver processes what you eat and drink into nutrients your body uses and filters out harmful substances from your blood.
If you have a damaged liver, you may be experiencing the side effects of it not properly working. These side effects can include but are not limited to brain fog (hepatic encephalopathy), ascetics, jaundice, and nausea. We can limit the severity of these symptoms with what we eat and consume daily.
If we can do our best to eat well, keep hydrated with water, and get rest, we will feel better. We can help our liver stay in the best health it can.