There are many important steps to follow when being diagnosed with Cirrhosis, whether it be medication guidelines or daily living suggestions. I found following a healthy diet is the most important.
I researched the Mayo Clinic, Duke University and Missouri University, for suggestions on diets for Cirrhosis patients and found they were the same.
“The liver performs 500 functions in our body. When the liver becomes severely damaged, scar tissue forms preventing regeneration which is cirrhosis,” states the American Liver Foundation. When I was diagnosed, I met immediately with nutritionists at Duke Medical University. I was instructed on what to eat that was best for my liver and condition.
Natural vitamin and minerals you get from green leafy vegetables and organic foods do well. In North Carolina, I’m fortunate to be close to many produce stands and buy lettuce, kale, and items that are fresh. I also have bottle of water close by.
Low calorie foods are important which makes sense because the American Liver Foundation states, “a slimmer body makes it easier for the liver to function.” I eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and beans which are low in calories and high in fiber.
Protein is the one single thing I strive for everyday and was told lean proteins were the best, so we eat a lot of fish, ground turkey and low-fat beans. I have days when I must force myself to eat so Duke Medical suggested eating 4 small meals a day. I also drink a Boost or Ensure low calorie with protein on days I just can’t eat.
Finally, antioxidants help break down nutrients. I like all kind of berries, which I buy off the vine. I drink green tea which is also helps in two ways and works well with the Lactulose medication prescribed for patients diagnosed with Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE).
Lastly, AVOID alcohol of any type this causes further damage to the liver that cannot be repaired. Also avoid unhealthy fats, eating too little meat (a balanced amount of healthy protein is required for cirrhosis patients), avoid dairy and processed foods. Stay away from carbohydrates such as white bread, candy and baked goods.
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