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Diet Plan for Patients of Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E

The liver is an important organ and its infection leads to various problems such as Hepatitis. It is a viral infection caused by viruses A, B, C, D and E which damage the liver cells. The diet of the patient must include foods that have cooling effects on the liver and also maintains the digestion. Therefore hepatitis diet aims to regenerate liver cells as quickly as possible with a wholesome routine. Hepatitis diet must include antioxidants, a variety of vitamins, minerals, and photochemical that helps the liver to detoxify.

Hepatitis diet charts

DIET CHART FOR HEPATITIS

EARLY-MORNING

Amla juice (20 ml) / Herbal tea / Barley water / Coriander water

(These help in maintaining liver health)

(Barley or coriander is to be soaked overnight in two glasses of water. Then this is to be boiled in the morning till it reduces to half. Let it cool down a bit and then consume)

BREAKFAST

Broken wheat porridge (Veg / Sweet Dalia) / Veg oats / Veg Semolina (veg upma) / Veg poha (Rice flakes) / Veg Idli / Vermicelli (veg / sweet Sewian) / Chapati with veg or Dal

(You can start your day with a light but nutritious breakfast. This will help in improving your digestion)

MID-MORNING

Fruit / Coconut water / Herbal tea / Green tea / Salad

(Fruits and coconut water provide a soothing effect to the body. Steamed salads  and sprouts are a good source of fibre)

LUNCH

Missi Chapati / Boiled Rice / Sago Khichdi / Vegetable + Dal / Salad

(You can have a light and digestive lunch which is nutritious and fulfil many needs of the body)

EVENING

Sprouts /Soup (Home-made) / Herbal tea/ Black chana soup with sendha namak (Pink salt), Roasted chana

(To avoid staying empty stomach for a long time try above as a snack)

DINNER

Chapati / Boiled Rice / Vegetable + Dal

(A light dinner helps in preventing constipation and is also very important to maintain desirable levels of digestive agni)

DIET INSTRUCTIONS

CEREALS

Cereals to be consumed

Whole grains cereals, Whole wheat flour, Oatmeal, Porridge, Brown rice, Red rice, Millets such as foxtail millets, finger millets, pearl millets, Multigrain flour (as mentioned below), Sabudana, Rice flakes, Puffed Rice, Brown Rice, Barley flour

(These all cereals are easy to digest and increase digestive fire. Moreover they do not cause accumulation of endotoxins)

Cereals to be avoided

White refined flour, Sweet biscuit, Cream filled biscuit, Cream crackers, Cheese biscuits, Noodles, Pasta, Macaroni

(They all are responsible for accumulation of endotoxins. They diminish the digestive agni resulting in the aggravation of various doshas and aggravation of symptoms)

FRUITS

Fruits to be consumed

Apples, Papaya, Pear, Sapodilla (chiku), Amla (2-3) a day (boiled)

(Fruits are a good source of nutrition but with liver disorder it is very important to understand that all fruits cannot be consumed. But above mentioned fruits can be easily consumed and causes no harm just provides body with adequate nutrition)

Fruits to be avoided

Avoid canned and frozen fruits

(These fruits are to be avoided because they are rich in fibre and citrus fruits causes pitta aggravation which results in symptom aggravation)

VEGETABLES

Vegetables to be consumed

Bottle gourd, Bitter gourd, Ridge gourd, Pumpkin, Carrots, Coriander leaves, Spinach leaves, Fenugreek leaves, Turnip, Potatoes, Onion, Beetroot, Mustard greens, Chicory, Cauliflower, Sweet potatoes, Kale, Winter squash, Broccoli, Mushroom, Collard Greens, Dandelion greens, Lettuce

(The vegetables are a good source of minerals and vitamins. They help in fulfilling essential requirements of body)

Vegetables to be avoided

Canned and frozen vegetables, Onion, Garlic, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic, Ginger, mustard greens

(They all are responsible for pitta aggravation and must to be avoided)

PULSES

Pulses to be consumed

Pulses like pigeon peas (Tuvar/ arhar dal), yellow moong, green moong, split green moong, split chana dal, pink lentils

(They all can be consumed as they are good sources of protein and are easy to digest. Do Not cause any kind of ama vitiation)

Pulses to be avoided

Dried and frozen pulses, kidney beans, black gram, black lentils, soybeans

(These all pulses are not to be consumed because they cause vitiation of pitta and vata dosha resulting in aggravation of symptoms. The agni is also imbalanced)

DAIRY PRODUCTS

Dairy Products to be consumed

Nil

Dairy Products to be avoided

Milk and its products, Whole milk and cream, Yogurt, Cheese, Cream cheese, Condensed milk, Curd, Buttermilk, paneer, ice creams, butter, flavored yogurt and other dairy items.

(These all are heavy to digest and hence causes ama accumulation which results in imbalance in digestive agni)

SPICES

Spices to be consumed

Cumin, Fennel, Coriander, Black salt, Thyme, Black Pepper, Fenugreek seeds, Dried methi leaves, Coriander leaves, Turmeric

(They all act as agni deepniya and hence balances agni within optimum levels. They do not aggravate pitta, vata or kapha instead balances them)

Spices to be avoided

Red chilies powder, White sea salt (excess), Green chillies

(They all are responsible for aggravation of pitta)

DRINKS

Drinks to be consumed

Coconut water, Fat-free homemade soups, Green juice, Herbal tea, Beetroot juice, Aloe Vera juice, Bitter gourd juice, Gooseberry juice, Pumpkin juice/soup, Pomegranate juice, Ash gourd juice/soup

(All of above in moderate quantity)

(The drinks are free from various types of preservatives and are totally natural hence causes no bad effect on the body)

Drinks to be avoided

Whole milk drinks, Cream based liqueurs, Canned soup and packaged soup, Alcohol, Sweetened drinks, Squashes, Hot chocolate drinks, Coffee, Tea

(Increases dosha vitiation)

FLESH FOODS

Flesh Foods to be consumed

Egg white, Roasted / Grilled / Boiled Chicken soup containing a little amount of shredded meat or Fish (All are to occasionally consumed)

(They provide protein and essential nutrition to the body. Egg white if taken occasionally is very effective in maintaining albumin levels)

Flesh Foods to be avoided

Fish fried in suitable oil, Red meat, Prawns, Lobster, Crab, Lean beef, Pork, Lamb, Ham, Turkey, Rabbit, Egg yolk, Fish roe, Sausages, Mutton, Salami, Bacon, Duck, Goose, Meat pies, Visible fat on meat, Organ parts like Liver, Kidney and Chest.

(They all are heavy to digest and cause agni mandya. Thus worsening of symptoms)

SEEDS AND DRY FRUITS

Dry Fruits to be consumed

5-7 Almond (soak in water overnight), Flax seed, Pumpkin seed, Raisins

(Dry fruits and nuts are essential and helps in strengthening the body)

Dry Fruits to be avoided

Pistachio, Cashew nuts, Peanuts, sunflower seeds

(They all causes aggravation of doshas)

OILS

Oils to be consumed

Cow ghee, Olive oil, and Flaxseed oil

(These are neutral and do not cause any kind of dosha vitiation or agni mandya)

Oils to be avoided

Mustard oil, Hydrogenated oil, Butter, Palm oil, Coconut oil

(They are responsible for agni mandya)

SWEETENERS

Sweeteners to be consumed

Jaggery, Honey

(They do not cause any kind of dosha aggravation)

Sweeteners to be avoided

Refined sugar

(It contains preservatives which are not good for body)

OTHER FOODS

Other Foods to be consumed

Homemade only

(As they do not contain preservatives and are really best in managing a number of conditions)

Other Foods to be avoided

All bakery products or processed foods, Sauces, Fruit jellies, Jams, Mayonnaise, White sugar, Ice-cream, Cream soups, Dark chocolate, Butterscotch, Coconut bar, Chutneys, Pickles, Junk food, Deep fried foods, All Spicy and Salty foods, Refined sugar.

(These are not good for body and contains a lot of preservatives which affect body in a very bad way and diminish the agni)

LIFESTYLE AND DIETARY TIPS

  • Walk for at least 30 min is recommended
  • Whole fruits should be preferred to fruit juices
  • Skipping meals should be avoided, especially breakfast.
  • Water intake should be limited 6-8 glasses per day
  • Flaxseed - 1 tsp / day
  • Herbal Tea - Boil ½ tsp each of fennel, coriander, cumin in 3 cups of water till it’s reduced to 1 cups.
  • Try sleeping early at night and wake up early in the morning
  • Avoid all the food articles as advised as diet plays a very major role.
  • Have pomegranate juice (Home made) on daily basis
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