Tips For Planning Your Cirrhosis Diet Menu

Anyone who suffers from cirrhosis should know that, although there aren’t any miracles from such an approach, you can make yourself feel a lot better by controlling what goes into your body. Constructing a cirrhosis diet menu is really not that difficult a thing to accomplish.

By following a few of the guidelines presented in this article, you’ll be able to make your liver’s job significantly easier. When you make it easy on your liver, your liver will make it easy on you provided that you are willing to make some dietary changes and stick with them. The net result will be not only a healthier liver but a more enjoyable life as you’ll feel better as well.

Let’s get this next part out of the way right away: stay away from alcohol! I don’t want to belabor this issue, but it’s a really good idea to say here and now that you’re done with alcohol and are committed to being healthier.

Cirrhosis Diet Menu Planning Tips

Protein:

cirrhosis-diet-menuSince life is mostly about balance, you’ll want to make sure you have the right amount of protein in your diet and from the right sources. This doesn’t mean you should cut back on protein and this doesn’t mean that you should taken in an excess of protein.

What this means is that you need to get the right amount for you into your daily diet in from the right sources. You’re best off avoiding proteins that come from animals in favor of plant-based sources. This could be nuts and other products of vegetation.

Of course, you can still have protein from animal sources–just watch how much you eat and keep the balance tilted toward plant-based proteins. The fact of the matter is this type of protein is much easier on your liver and if you have a cirrhosis diagnosis then you need to do everything you can to heal your liver.

Fats:

cirrhosis-diet-menuJust like with protein, it’s a good idea to consume a diet with fats that come from the proper source. You might not be surprised to find out that the source is from plants such as nuts, grains and oils such as those from flaxseed. You can also add in lean poultry as well as fish, but be cautious with the poultry and/or beef as these can be rough on your liver just like those proteins derived from animal sources.

It makes sense to limit your fats to about a quarter of your total daily calories and to make sure that as with protein you keep the balance tipped greatly in favor of plant-based fat sources.

Sodium:

cirrhosis-diet-menuSalt is also rough on deliver and in the interest of making your liver’s job as easy as possible it should be cautiously regulated. This is where it’ll be helpful to make sure you read the labels of just about everything you eat. You want to check the amount of salt that’s in a given product as well as what amount of your daily recommended intake it represents.

There’s no need to overcomplicate this–simply become a label reader and plan ahead for your meals. And don’t forget things that you used to season your meals with. If they also contain a lot of salt, it’s time to get rid of them. Instead, switch to a sodium free seasoning and you’ll likely be amazed fairly quickly how easy the transition is and that you don’t miss seasoning with salt what you used to.

Conclusion:

Keeping all of the guidelines regarding sodium, protein and fats in mind will help you to plan your cirrhosis diet menu properly and get you feeling better as well. In addition, consider breaking your meals down into smaller quantities more often during the day so that there aren’t the traditional 3 times a day when your body is forced to process a large amount of food. Couple all this with making sure you drink plenty of water every day to help flush toxins out of your body and remain properly hydrated and you’ll be on the road to feeling better in no time flat!

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-Jim