To feel your best! Nutrition Tips for People with Hepatitis C
Healthy eating and moderate physical activity
Hepatitis C damages the liver which plays many important roles in your body. It deals with everything that you eat and drink. A healthy lifestyle can help you feel your best and help your body cope with hepatitis C.
Healthy eating and moderate physical activity:
Provides the energy needed for you to work well, boosts your immune system, helps your liver to regenerate and alleviate some symptoms of hepatitis C and side effects of your treatment – fatigue and malaise.
Choose a variety of foods but with less oil and spices; put emphasis on grain products, vegetables and fruits. Eat at least 2 servings of meat substitutes (such as meat, fish and poultry, eggs, peanut butter and beans, lentils and peas), opt for lower fat foods and do not forget to drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluids each day. Keep your energy levels by eating smaller meals more often and snacks.
Beware of supplements
Do not take more than one multivitamin per day. It may be that for you and it should not contain iron. Ask your health care provider about supplements of multivitamins and minerals are best for you. Use only those products your health care provider said to be safe.
Take care of yourself
- Avoid alcohol.
- Practice the light to moderate physical activities you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, gardening and stretching.
- Slowly to 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity and at least 4 days a week.
- Avoid food poisoning by storing and preparing food to ensure their safety. Wash your hands often.
- Talk to your health care provider if depression prevents you from eating well.
If you have complications
Such as cirrhosis or fluid retention, you should monitor your diet even more.
Get tailored advice from your doctor or dietitian.
Eat smaller meals every few hours. This may be easier for your body and keep your energy level.
If your abdomen or legs swell, you may want to limit your salt intake. Eating well should not be expensive. Nutritious choices at low prices are available in each food group:
- Bread, Rice, Pasta, Oatmeal
- Carrots, Potatoes, Frozen Vegetables, Apples, Berries in Season
- Milk Powder, Milk or Yogurt
- Baked Beans, Eggs, Beans, Peas and Lentils, Canned Fish, Meat
You should consult a registered dietitian if:
- You suffer from complications of liver disease in advanced stages, such as cirrhosis or fluid retention
- You have another disease, p. Ex., diabetes or HIV,
- You have trouble keeping your weight
- Diarrhea for more than 3 days
- You find it difficult to eat or
- You suffer from water retention and need a diet low in salt.
It is always wise to consult a doctor or even a registered dietitian can always help you by preparing a personal meal plan that meets your nutritional needs.
The information provided is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or the advice of a registered dietitian.