Diet for Hepatitis Patients and Diet for Liver Damage
The main aim in the treatment of hepatitis A is relieving the associated symptoms with the disease as your body is fighting the infection. Diet and adequate rest can offer a helping hand along with the medications to kill the virus. Try the following dietary and lifestyle modifications to deal with hepatitis A virus.
Hepatitis Nutrition and Information on Hepatitis C
- It is important that you get adequate nutrition via a healthy balanced diet for quick recovery even though you might not find the food appealing. Instead of two or three large meals try to take small frequent meals at regular intervals. This will not only help you to deal with your decreased appetite but also help to increase your calorie consumption. You can eat more in the day time, if you are among those who experience nausea and low appetite at the latter part of the day. If you feel nauseated in the day time, start your day with some crackers or toast. A glass of lemon juice or any other lemon drink (natural) will also help.
- Try to eat foods that appeal to you the most, as most of the time it is difficult to eat a strict high calorie high protein diet. However make sure the foods that you select are healthy and not just junk food. Focus on whole foods instead of refined and processed foods. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and get your proteins from eggs, milk and milk products, pulses, beans, legumes and sprouts.
- Hydration level in case of hepatitis A is very important, especially if you have nausea and vomiting. Drink a lot of water; at least 12 glasses a day. If you can stomach other fluids like vegetable broths, fruit juices, vegetable juices, or certain electrolyte drinks then you may even include them as they will also provide calories and other nutrients.
- Avoid alcohol completely till you recover as the hepatitis A virus impairs the livers ability to metabolize alcohol and certain medications. For the same reason confirm with your specialist before taking any medications and make sure that he/she knows all the medications you take. Alcohol and certain medications can also cause liver damage to a certain extent.
- Avoid any kind of strenuous activities and get plenty of rest for quick recovery. Gradually go back to your regular routine as you start to feel better. Mild exercise like a stroll or light walk will also help.
- If you develop an itchy skin try to control the urge to scratch. I know it is sometimes difficult to control itching, but you can ask for medications for the same. Discuss this with your specialist.