Alcohol And Treatment Of Jaundice

By | February 27, 2009

Alcohol And Bilirubin Levels In Liver Cirrhosis Disease

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Also known as Icterus, jaundice is a yellowish staining of the skin, conjunctiva membrane over the sclera (whites of the eye), and other mucus caused by increased levels of bilirubin in blood. The usual value of bilirubin is 0.5 mg/dL, and it must exceed three times this value for the staining to become visible. When the bilirubin is very high, the color of the skin and sclera turns brown.

Bilirubin occurs in the red blood cells. These red blood cells are destroyed when they get old. Hemoglobin, which carries the oxygen in red blood cells, is released from the red blood cells after they are destroyed. The chemical that remains in the blood after the removal of hemoglobin is called bilirubin.

It is the liver’s function to remove the toxic chemicals and waste products such as bilirubin from the blood.  The liver cleanses the blood from bilirubin but the liver cells attach themselves to the bilirubin. A bilirubin/glucuronic acid complex is then secreted into bile, and is called conjugated bilirubin. However, the bilirubin that is not removed from the blood keeps increasing in content and thus forms unconjugated bilirubin, showing the symptoms of jaundice.

Jaundice and Alcohol For Jaundice

The liver is severely damaged by the abuse of alcohol. Alcohol is strongly forbidden to patients of jaundice, and they should avoid it for as long as a year because of the possibility of damaging the liver cells.

Diet for Jaundice

Jaundice patients should rest in bed until the symptoms reduce. The treatment of jaundice may take some time and solid foods should be avoided in the first few days. You may consume fresh fruit and vegetable juices. A high carbohydrate based diet minimizes the strain on the damaged liver. Soft custard, curd rice, porridge, and other soft food may be consumed as it is easily digestible.

Fruits and vegetables such as lemon, grapes, pear, carrot, beet, tomatoes, and sugarcane are strongly recommended, and should be used to prepare fresh juices. Sugarcane juice is a high carbohydrate diet, and it may be taken twice daily. Prepare the juice fresh in a hygienic way. Owing to the low resistance that comes with jaundice, unhygienic juices will do you more harm than good. When your condition starts to improve, partake of a well-balanced diet, with lots of fruit and vegetables such as pineapple, papaya, apple, orange, carrots, and spinach. Avoid fats such as butter, cream, and oil.