Cirrhosis is a condition in which there is destruction of liver cells. Vitamin-A deficiency favors the formation of cirrhosis.
Principle of diet:
A high protein , high calorie, high carbohydrates , moderate fat , high vitamin diet helps in regulation of liver and helps to prevent the formation of ascites. Fiber should be restricted in case of oesophagal varices and portal hypertension.
- Carbohydrates should be liberally supplied so that the liver may store glycogen.
- During cirrhosis the liver concentration of folate, riboflavin, and vitamin-A, B1 and B2 are decreased. Hence they should be supplemented.
- A high intake of protein about 1.2gm/kg body weight should be given as it helps in regeneration of liver cells.
Foods to be included for Cirrhosis Diet:
Cereals, simple sugars, honey, egg white, vegetables like bottle guard, ridge guard, potato, fish, carrots, strained and clear juices and fruits less in fiber can be given.
Foods to be avoided for Cirrhosis Diet:
Peas, beans, lentils , legumes, ladies finger, brinjal, fried foods, guava, bakery items, spices, oily food, fast foods, oil, butter, cheese, chocolates.
Foods to be restricted in ascites (accumulation of fluid in peritoneal cavity):
Salty foods, fiber foods, pickles, baked items, spinach, sea foods, whole grains.
Sample diet for Cirrhosis
|Early morning||Barley water||1 cup|
|Mid morning||Orange juice||1 glass|
Green gram dhal
Bottle guard curry
Rice flakes poha
Ridge guard curry
|Bed time||Skimmed milk||1 glass|