A Basic Diet for Hepatitis
Eating Habit Tips
- Eat four, small meals per day. Never eat a large meal at one time.
- Do not eat for five hours before bedtime.
- Try new foods – you may just like them by accident.
- Drink lots of distilled water throughout the day.
- Take a digestive aid with each meal.
- Eat slowly and not in front of the TV.
- Prepare your foods ahead of time whenever possible so they are ready when you are. You can prepare soups, beans, chili beans and more – and freeze them in microwavable containers.
- Salt – if you do not have a problem with retaining fluids and you do not have high blood pressure then a little added salt is fine. You can tell if you are retaining fluids by pressing on your shin bone. Press and hold for five seconds; if it’s indented after releasing pressure you are retaining fluids and should reduce your salt intake.
- Chew, chew, chew. The digestive process starts in the mouth. The chewing action begins the release of digestive juices. Chew, chew, chew. Are you finished chewing?
- If you feel tired, you maybe have eaten too much or the wrong foods. Try lying down.
- Do not eat when you are angry, frustrated or bored. Instead, go take a walk and talk to yourself. This is a great way to relieve your stress. (Discover five signs that you and your liver need stress relief.)
Remember to make your changes slowly but surely. It took years to learn those bad habits and it will take time to break them.
Tips for Those with Cirrhosis
The majority of the is the same but there are a few important differences:
- Do not eat raw vegetables; steam them instead. These include carrots, potatoes, cauliflower or any “hard to chew” vegetables. Juicing is preferred.
- Avoid alcohol, hot sauces, spicy foods, fried foods, fatty foods and salty foods.
- Suggested fresh juices:
- Carrot, beet, cucumber
- Carrot and spinach
- Carrot, celery, parsley
- Take 2-3 plums with pits and crush them. Add one cup of boiling water, mix and obtain the juice. Drink in the morning and the evening.
- Cook soybean sprouts and adzuki beans (1/2 and 1/2 in amounts), cook into a light soup and eat.
- Add lecithin to foods and take as a supplement, up to 1,500 mg per day.
- Take 800 mg of Vitamin E per day in dry form. If you have not taken Vitamin E before, start with a lower dosage (200 mg per day) and slowly increase.
- Good foods to eat are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, onions, garlic, legumes (beans and lentils), cabbage, peppers (mild), whole grains, artichokes, beets, dandelion, and herbs such as cinnamon, licorice and turmeric.
- Do not take Vitamin C with meals as it enhances the absorption of iron. Take at least 1-2 hours after eating.
Eat healthy and live longer! Proper diet is a must for all of us.