It is inappropriate to recommend that people with
Hepatitis C or any other liver disease change their diet
in a radical manner. However, having a consistent diet
of healthy nutrients will greatly assist your energy
levels. Combine this with regular low to moderate
exercise and you will notice your general feeling of
well being begin to increase.
One perhaps ludicrously simple and overlooked technique
of improving digestive function is to encourage proper
chewing of food and to eat under restful
conditions. People too often in our stressed-out
culture, will bolt their food. This does affect the
next stage of digestion in the stomach and in turn the
absorption of nutrients later in the digestive process.
Eating under relaxed conditions maximizes
parasympathetic nervous system function and allows for
maximum nutrient digestion and absorption.
important benefit of eating fresh whole foods
is that they contain enzymes. These are substances
that help the body digest food and are found only in
living food. High temperatures kill enzymes so most
processed food require a lot more effort by the liver
to digest them. The use of certain spices such as
ginger, is another simple way of enhancing digestive and
liver function. Hot spices such as pepper or chilli are
contra-indicated in Hepatitis C but other slightly warm
to neutral (energetically) spices such as ginger,
fennel, cardamon or cumin are warranted in any diet for
Hepatitis C. Bitter foods and ginger are
also very good in helping to alleviate nausea and in
stimulating the appetite.
are often not tolerated well by people with
liver dysfunction. A simple way of determining if dairy
foods are having an affect upon your health is to
abstain from dairy foods for a period of 4-6 weeks.
Carefully observe any differences in health, such as
abdominal bloating, gas, fullness, stool consistency,
tiredness, depression, skin rashes etc. After the end
of the period of abstinence, you should then have a
thorough splurge on dairy products and once again
compare your sense of well being.
liters of water each day is universally
recommended for good health, but also protects against
lymphatic congestion - which can put further strain on
the liver. As with other suggestions it is advisable to
tune into the needs of your own body as there may be
golden rules for ensuring good immune function
1. Get some protein at every meal.
2. Include some essential fats in your diet each day.
3. Eat at least 2 cups of salad or vegetables each day.
4. Avoid excessive sugar and hydrogenated fat.
recommended that there be an emphasis on as wide a
variety of fruits and vegetables as
possible in the diet. Research is constantly validating
that vegetables are a rich source of anti-oxidants which
are most important for minimizing free radical damage
within the body. This is particularly so in any
condition of chronic inflammation like hepatitis. It’s
a good idea to eat fruits and vegetables that are in
juices (fresh whenever possible, otherwise
preservative free) have a particular nature that helps
lessen the bloated and stagnant feelings often
associated with liver conditions. Vegetable juices act
to flush out the body and relieve some of the symptoms
that people with liver disease experience such as
heaviness and lethargy. There are no strict proportions
to be followed so experiment for yourself. Some juices
are very strong so you may like to dilute them initially
with water. The only caution is with carrot juice (high
levels of Vitamin A can irritate the liver), or spinach
juice (high levels of oxalic acid). Best vegetable
juices are celery, cucumber, broccoli and beetroot (tops
and bottoms). Best fruit juices are lemon juice, apple,
pineapple, pear, paw-paw, mango and melons as well as
red berries. It has been suggested that it is best to
drink melon juice on its own and not mixed with any
wholegrains, rice and legumes (beans, lentils, barley,
split peas). These give you better quality energy.
Some people describe symptoms such as bloating, gas and
indigestion after eating some of these foods. If you
experience these or other problems after eating
particular foods either reduce your intake of the food
or cut it out altogether. Wholegrains and their
products are an important source of vitamins
from the B group and minerals like zinc that
are essential for so many functions within our bodies,
inclusive of liver and proper immune function.
Processed grains and their subsequent products are
definitely not as nutritious as wholegrain.
Try and buy
organic foods if you can afford them -
they have less added chemicals, therefore cause less
stress on the liver. Naturopathically the emphasis is
on eating free range chicken to minimize the amount of
chemical and hormonal residues that are in chickens
raised under modern commercial methods. The liver of a
person with Hepatitis C does not need any further toxins
to deal with, especially from a regular source like
are very potent foods and require a lot of
effort to digest; nutritionally excellent in moderation,
but often high in fats and toxins. Meat will take a
minimum of 8-10 hours to be digested, often sitting in
the bowel the whole night adding a further burden to
you should try to broaden your diet and keep away from
food that requires the liver to work harder