JAUNDICE

JAUNDICE

LIMIT

  • Fatty and sugary foods.

AVOID

  • Shellfish that may have been exposed to polluted water.
  • Unpeeled fruits and vegetables that may be contaminated by human waste.
  • Foods that are sold or prepared in unsanitary conditions.
  • All aloholic beverages.

A Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes is the hallmark of jaundice. This condition typically occurs when bilirubin, a pigmented component of bile, builds up in the blood. Bilirubin is a by-product produced by the liver as it breaks down red blood cells to recycle their iron. It is mixed with bile, a digestive juice that is made by the liver, and is eventually excreated from the body in the urine or stool. Jaundice develops if the bilirubin is allowed to accumulate in the body.

There are three general types of jaundice: the most common is due to hepatitis or some other liver disorder; another,known as obstructive jaundice, usually results from gallstones or another gallbladder disease; and the least common involves some sort of abnormality in bilirubin metabolism.

INFANT JAUNDICE

It is not uncommon for a baby to develop jaundice during the first few days after birth, especially if the infant is premature. This is known as physiological jaundice, and is usually cased by a liver that is not fully functional. There are usually no other symptoms, and the condition typically clears up within a week, as the liver matures. Exposing the baby to ultravioler light hastens the process, as the light changes bilirubin to a form that is more readily excreted.

DIETARY APPROACHES

Any modification of the diet depends on the underlying cause of the jaundice, With a nutritious, well-balanced diet and rest, viral hapatitis resolves itself--although it may take several weeks. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to eat at the very time that they need extra calories to help the liver recuperare and regenerated its damaged cells. Eat a diet high in protein ??????. When recovering form hepatitis, a person should consume a health diet with sufficient protein daily, from both animal and vegetable sources.The best sources are lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, and a combination of legumes and grain products.

Avoid sweets and alcohol.  Because they may squelch the appertite for more nutritious foods, it is best to avoid sweets. Alcohol should not be consumed, because it places added stress on an already sick liver, It may be tolerated after recovery, but some liver disorders mandate total abstinence from alcohol for life, There is some evidence that herbal preparations based on milk thistle may help treat liver dysfunction

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