It’s World Hepatitis Day today!
World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change.
Hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by various factors, including viruses, alcohol consumption, certain medications, and autoimmune diseases. The most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E, each caused by different viruses. Viral hepatitis is a significant global health concern and can lead to acute or chronic liver disease, liver failure, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer if left untreated.
For hepatitis patients, especially those with liver inflammation and compromised liver function, it’s important to focus on a balanced and nutritious diet that supports liver health and overall well-being. Here are some dietary recommendations for hepatitis patients:
𝐋𝐨𝐰-𝐅𝐚𝐭 𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬: A low-fat diet is often recommended for hepatitis patients, as excessive fat intake can put additional strain on the liver. Avoid fried foods, fatty meats, full-fat dairy products, and high-fat desserts.
𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡-𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐢𝐧: Protein is essential for tissue repair and maintenance, but some forms of protein can be hard on the liver. Opt for lean sources of protein such as poultry, fish, beans, lentils, tofu, and low-fat dairy. Consult a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian for personalized protein intake recommendations.
𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐱 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐨𝐡𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬: Choose complex carbohydrates over simple sugars. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes provide a steady supply of energy and essential nutrients without causing rapid spikes in blood sugar levels.
𝐕𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐬: A variety of fruits and vegetables will provide essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, D, E, and the B-complex vitamins. These nutrients support the immune system and overall health.
𝐇𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Staying well-hydrated is crucial for liver function. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and consider avoiding excessive caffeine and alcohol, as they can contribute to dehydration and additional liver stress.
𝐀𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐀𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐡𝐨𝐥: For any form of viral hepatitis or liver inflammation, it’s critical to avoid alcohol completely, as it can further damage the liver and hinder the healing process.
𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐬: Certain herbal teas like green tea, dandelion tea, and milk thistle tea are believed to have potential liver-protective properties. However, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before adding herbal supplements to your diet, as they may interact with medications or have contraindications for certain health conditions.
Always keep in mind that the nutritional needs of hepatitis patients can vary based on the specific type and severity of the condition. Individual dietary requirements may differ, so it’s crucial for patients to work with a registered dietitian or healthcare professional experienced in liver health to develop a personalized and appropriate diet plan.
Healthtalk (Raisintree) 2 – Protect Your Liver Health
RaisinTree is the ideal beverage to enhance and protect your liver health. The better we take care of our liver health, the better it will take care of us.
Enjoy the delicious taste of RaisinTree daily, and especially before and after a party. Other main ingredients include American ginseng and monk fruit (luo han guo).