- “Do you drink?
- “Do you smoke?”
Once diagnosed with liver disease, your goal is to help the organ return to it’s normal functions, it’s ability to process everything that you eat and drink. A healthy lifestyle can help you feel your best and help your body cope with it’s disease. By eating healthy and doing physical activity in moderation you will:
1. Give your body the energy it needs to work well.
2. Boost your immune system.
3. Help your liver renew itself.
Keep your energy level up by eating smaller meals and snacks more often. Decrease some of the symptoms and the side effects of any treatments, such as feeling tired and sick by following a healthy diet.
- Chew on Fennel Seeds throughout the day (not to exceed 1 tsp!) to unclog the liver. Add Turmeric to your meals . It is become a well known spice in the medicinal world that whose powerful nutrients are known for healing organs.
- Carbohydrates(grains, fruits and vegetables)
- Fat Healthy oils such as: Extra Virgin Olive, Canola oil, Avocado and Smart Balance oils. Omega 3, 6 reduces the inflammation in the liver: Fish, Walnuts, Flaxseed
- Protein: Fish (3 x’s / wk), Poultry, Lean Meat
- Salt, canned and processed foods must be limited.
- Focus on lower saturated fat choices with each meal.
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluids every day.
ENJOY THE HEALING POWER
1. Eat foods high in potassium to offset salt intake. Bananas, Kiwi, apricots, raisins, tomato puree, baked or roasted potatoes, veal and nuts, will all assist in ridding the body of excess sodium.
2. Enjoy light to moderate physical activity, such as walking, swimming, gardening
3.Build up slowly to 30 to 60 minutes of activity, at least 4 times a week.
4. Avoid food poisoning by storing and preparing foods safely. Wash your hands often.
5. Talk to your health care provider if depression affects your ability to eat well.
What your body does not need
1. Avoid alcohol.
2. Avoid foods that contain trans fat. Trans Fat must be 0 grams.
3. Reduce Sodium intake! No more pretzels , chips, popcorn, french fries, cheese, certain meats, soy sauce and Avoid Sports Drinks.
Keep in communication with your doctor and dietitian so that neccessary adjustments can be made accordingly to your diet and physical activity plans.
By: K. Crocker
- Fennel Seeds http://eatknowhow.com/2011/12/05/fennel-seeds-to-restore-health/
- Turmeric’s Health Benefits http://eatknowhow.com/2011/11/30/turmeric-saffron-to-cleanse-heal-body/