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I have a Hepatitis B can you tell me what I should eat everyday please, thanks.

(August 1, 2011)

Hepatitis B does not include a specific diet in its treatment. The emphasis is that hepatitis B patients try and eat healthy food as often as possible. A balanced diet comprising vegetables that are lightly cooked, whole grains and healthy proteins in the form of lean meat or even lentils and legumes can prove very beneficial. Fatty foods should be avoided as it could lead to long term liver complications. Smoking and consumption of alcohol should also be avoided.

Fresh lime juice, up to at least thrice a day can be very useful. Sometimes the food along with the treatment can cause nausea. The lime juice can remedy that nausea. It is also important that hepatitis B patients do not put on additional weight or become overweight. It is important that hepatitis B patients eat to reduce body fat or else they can develop complications like diabetes and liver cirrhosis.
Submitted by N on August 1, 2011 at 04:06


Does milk thistle help to cure hepatitis b?

Research suggests that milk thistle has protective benefits on the liver and helps improve its functioning.  It is used to treat problems such as liver cirrhosis and gallbladder disorders. Milk thistle for hepatitis B is also used. Milk thistle has an active compound silymarin, which comprises of a mixture of 4 flavonolignans. Almost 65% to 70% or so is a mixture of diastereomers of silybin. Silymarin is administered in dosages of 250 to 500 mg per day. There is, however, no scientific data to indicate the effective dosage levels of silymarin for optimal benefit.   

As mentioned earlier, there are many benefits of milk thistle supplement to help protect the liver from a polluted environment or from the effects of alcohol. You can consume milk thistle to treat hepatitis B as well. There are many thistle products available in most health food stores. Many drug stores also display milk thistle for over-the-counter purchase. You can take milk thistle in liquid form or as a capsule. In addition to a relation between hepatitis B and milk thistle, one can also use milk thistle to lower their cholesterol levels, reduce the growth of cancerous cells in cervical, breast and prostrate cancers and to lessen a hangover.
Submitted by N on July 27, 2011 at 01:02


Is vitamin b complex good for hepatitis b?

It is found that hepatitis B symptoms clear on their own most of the time. Many continue to have an infection of chronic hepatitis B, even though they may not exhibit any symptoms. In a small percent of the cases, it is found that the infection is severe enough and may cause immediate damage to the liver. In such cases, it is found that interferon and antiviral drugs help fight the infection. Vitamin B complex and other vitamins have not been very effective in fighting hepatitis B. Hence, there is really no connection between vitamin B complex and hepatitis B, albeit in the case of infants who are born to mothers suffering from hepatitis B, the infants do benefit from vitamin A.    

Instead of taking vitamin B for hepatitis B alone, it is better that you take the B-complex vitamins for your overall good health. You also need to make sure that you should take all the B vitamins together as they are highly inter-dependent and large doses of one may cause some deficiency in the others. These vitamins are good for your skin, hair, mouth, eyes muscle tone in your intestinal tract and stomach, for the breakdown of proteins and fats and above all for your liver. You could also look up information on the internet with regard to vitamin b12 for hepatitis b.
Submitted by N on July 20, 2011 at 01:00


Is whey protein good for hepatitis b?

Yes it is. Clinical trials have been successfully performed to indicate the beneficial results of whey protein in the treatment of hepatitis B. Whey has many biological components such as lactoferrin, alpha-lactalbumin,  immunoglobulins, glycomacropeptide and  beta-lactoglobulin that demonstrate a number of properties to enhance the immune system. Whey also acts as an antihypertensive, hypolipidemic, antitumor, antiviral, chelating, and antibacterial agent as well as an antioxidant.        

For hepatitis B, a whey protein supplement is extremely beneficial. Whey protein has in recent times become increasingly popular, and this has led to manufacturers developing and manufacturing high quality supplements as primary products. They are also taking special care to retain the native protein structure, protein-bound-fats, and biological activity of the finished product.

Whey, as mentioned earlier, is extremely popular as a dietary protein supplement and is believed to provide immune modulation, improve muscle strength, provide antimicrobial activity, and prevent osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. There are a number of whey products that you can take for hepatitis B, such as a protein shake, or in the form of a supplement. If you plan taking whey protein for hepatitis B, it is best to consult with your health care provider first and discuss the benefits and adverse effects, if any.

Submitted by N on July 13, 2011 at 12:44


Can you get hepatitis b from sharing food?

One cannot get infected with hepatitis B from food sharing, kissing, hugging, sneezing or coughing. However, you need to understand that anyone can get hepatitis B. Your chances of contracting hepatitis B are higher if you come into direct contact with the vaginal fluids, semen and blood of an infected person. This could happen mainly during sexual intercourse (if you do not use a condom), share needles during a drug taking session, go in for a tattoo with tools that have not properly been cleaned, and share personal items such as toothbrushes and razors with a person who is infected. An infected mother can pass on the virus to her newborn during delivery.   

So your worry of getting hepatitis B from food transmission is unfounded.  You can go ahead and share forks and spoons, drinking glasses, food and drinks with an infected person and you will not get the disease. The best thing you can do to avoid hepatitis B is avoid the risky habits that pass on the virus to you. If you happen to live with someone who has the virus and if you are at a risk, it is best that you take precautions and practice proper personal hygiene.
Submitted by N on July 6, 2011 at 12:39


Hepatitis B Symptoms Causes And Diet

Hepatitis B, caused by hepatitis B virus is a serious form of liver infection that needs special treatment.

Common symptoms of hepatitis B include loss of appetite, weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. All these symptoms can restrict the food intake considerably. A person with hepatitis B doesn’t require a special diet with restrictions of any food group.

However emphasis on a healthy diet comprising of whole grains, cereals and its products, lean proteins, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables should be made. The following dietary and lifestyle modifications mentioned below will help you to cope up with your condition –

Avoid alcohol consumption completely as alcohol can speed up the liver degeneration process. A balanced diet which makes you strong and supports your immune system is essential.

Emphasize on whole fruits and vegetables, whole cereals, whole grains, whole pulses, sprouts, beans, low fat dairy products, eggs, lean meat, poultry and fish. Avoid a high fat diet as this can lead to weight gain and may complicate your condition.

If you have low appetite then eat your favorite foods, even in little amounts or cook food differently to make it more appealing. Adding food texture to your meals can also make eating joyful for example you can add seeds, chopped nuts or water chestnuts to different dishes.
If you feel nauseous and if you vomit then try to include small meals at small intervals. This will prevent the feeling of nausea. Also if you experience excessive vomiting then it is important to include lots of fluids in the day to compensate for the fluid losses and prevent dehydration. However avoid drinking fluids with your meals as they can make you full sooner and thus restrict your food intake.

Choose foods that can be easily digested and don’t put extra load on the liver like simple soups, chicken broths, or baked potato.

It is important to maintain your healthy body weight, prevent gaining or losing excess weight. Keep some healthy snacks handy like hard boiled eggs, fruits, nuts, carrot sticks, celery sticks or some instant breakfast mixes. To strengthen and increase your energy levels, exercise. Increased physical activity will also help to improve your appetite and increase your food consumption.

Rest a lot and avoid any kind of stress.
If you are on any medications that cause liver damage then check with your specialist about the same. However before changing or avoiding any medications it is important to take an approval of your specialist.

Submitted by S M on December 7, 2010 at 03:53


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