Hepatitis C Management: The Most Important Meal of the Day
Living with chronic Hepatitis C leaves some with a disadvantaged liver, requiring extra attention to their body’s nutritional needs. Unfortunately, many forgo a nutritious breakfast, often referred to as the most important meal of the day.
As the meal that sets the metabolic stage for the next 24 hours, breakfast done right is surprisingly rare. Regrettably, a healthy combination of fiber, protein, carbohydrates and other valuable nutrients is scarce in most Americans’ breakfasts.
A healthy morning meal provides energy, satisfies the appetite and gives the body fuel for conquering the day ahead. According to Erica Giovinazzo, MS, RD, a nutritionist at Clay Health Club and Spa in New York City, “You want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein.” For those with Hepatitis C, there are plenty of reasons to seek these elements out for breakfast:
- Good carbs, otherwise known as complex carbohydrates, are broken down slowly by the body into sugars, which is used for energy. Because fatigue is the primary symptom reported by Hepatitis C sufferers, a steady supply of energy is very valuable.
- Protein helps you stay full longer than carbohydrates, which induces satiety. Because feeling full longer helps maintain an ideal weight, eating protein in the morning helps prevent the development of a fatty liver. Read about “The Advantages of Consuming Protein for Liver Health.”
- Protein is metabolized into amino acids, the building blocks for constructing new, healthy liver cells.
- Fiber is valuable to those with Hepatitis C because it absorbs excessive fat in the bloodstream for excretion. Excessive fat in the blood can lead to fatty liver disease, a problem that would exacerbate Hepatitis C.
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