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Hepatitis and the dietary management of those affected by this disease

BY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-09-09

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Hepatitis is the name given to the inflammation of the liver. There is a sudden damage to the liver in case of hepatitis that is caused by viral infection. There are different types of viruses that can cause hepatitis. They are Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, F. Each of these are different types of viruses that can cause similar type of damage to the liver.

One of the most important sign of hepatitis is the jaundice. This actually means the yellow discoloration of the skin. This occurs due to the increased amount of bilurubin levels in the body fluids. The disease can subside by itself. The jaundice can decrease in about one to two weeks, but full recovery may take a longer time.

The liver plays a vital role in the metabolism of nutrients. Due to the dysfunction of the liver, there can be drastic changes that can occur. Diet modification plays a very important role in hepatitis because the role of liver is metabolism. Rest and nutrition are the primary treatments for hepatitis.

Diet management:
The most important role of diet in hepatitis is to avoid or decrease the liver damage. Optimal nutritional status will help to reduce the inflammation opf the liver. Dietary management can help to reduce the impact of hepatitis.

Diet in Hepatitis:
A high protein and low fat diet is the best tolerated by a patient with acute hepatitis. Intake of fat is not usually considered to be harmful in those suffering from hepatitis. A diet that is high in energy and protein can also play an important role in the regeneration of the liver cells. The storage of glycogen in the liver also helps to protect the liver from any further damage.

Diet guidelines:

1. It is desirable to give small frequent meals. This is because small and frequent meals for patients with hepatitis will help these people to cause less stress to be put on the liver to metabolize the food.

2. Foods should be bland and easily digestible. Again this is because easily digestible food will help the liver to be relieved of excessive activity and this will in turn cause quicker healing of the liver.

3. High carbohydrate foods and low fat diets should be selected. This is because a diet rich in carbohydrates and also low in fat can help to prevent excessive liver activity.

4. Very spicy snacks, strong flavored foods, fried and fat filled foods like nuts , desserts, butter and alcohol should be avoided for the condition of the patient to get better quickly.

5. Foods of choice that can be administered safely to the patient include milk and milk products. Fish, cereals, pulses, lean meat, fruits and starchy vegetables are also good for the liver.

6. Another important diet consideration for a person affected by hepatitis is that the consistency of the food should be liquid, soft or normal based on the tolerance of the patient.

7. Baking, steaming and boiling the food is better than frying the food given to the person suffering from hepatitis.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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