Protein Shakes for Hepatitis C
Last updated: March 2020
Finding a healthy source of protein can be tough when you have liver disease. Too much ammonia can create problems for your brain. Too little and your body can’t perform important functions for tissue growth and repair. This is especially true while treating for the Hepatitis C virus. One easy way to make sure you are getting enough protein is by drinking a protein shake. They are a quick and easy way to insure that you are taking good care of your liver and have a health diet with hepatitis C.
Protein shakes and hepatitis C
You may think that protein is not for you. I mean, just because you have a virus and are on medication does not mean you are ready for the nursing home and that little can of protein that they give your grandma. On the other hand, those drinks that are for bodybuilding are the last thing on your mind. Let me tell you that protein shakes are for everybody, including you!
Where to get protein
Most stores and pharmacies carry a “ready to serve” protein shake. They come in a variety of flavors like chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. You want to look for one that has at least 12 grams or more of protein to make it a satisfying meal replacement. Watch for sales and coupons so that you can stock up. These are great to keep in the fridge for those times when you don’t have the energy to prepare a meal.
Get creative with your protein shake
The powder mixes have about 20 grams of protein per serving. They are easy to make with a plastic cup and a shaker ball. You simply add cold milk and shake it up for a quick drink within a couple of minutes. It doesn’t’ have to be boring though. Make it fun and jazz up your drinks sometimes. You can invest in an appliance that will easily blend your powder with milk. All you have to do is add some fruit to get a real treat with your protein. By using frozen fruit, you can have an icy smoothie that is quick and delish!
Most powder mixes will use a single main source for protein. The popular ones are soy, whey, hemp, chia, and pea to name a few. Choosing one is mostly a matter of price and taste. Some are easier on the stomach too. The texture can also vary. For instance a lot of fiber will make a shake very thick.
Protein shakes have come a long way in recent years. There is a whole industry built around protein supplements. That makes it easy to find a healthy and good tasting brand in most stores. You can make a shake a day and get your protein needs met with only cents per serving. You may have to do some trial and error to find out which brands taste the best to you. Buying a sample size can give you an idea of which flavor you like best. Be sure and run the ingredient list by your doctor if you have advanced liver disease. If you are like me, a protein shake will become a part of your daily mean plan!