Diet play a vital role in liver disease. It should actually play a vital role before that point is reached. The first line of defence against disease is the immune system. When that begins to fail, other bodily functions also deteriorate. As has been stated in this section on the liver, the role of the liver is vital to the function of the entire body. One of its many duties is to filter out toxins. Toxins are everywhere – in our food as well as in the environment. The liver has a job to do just with that function alone. Therefore, to ease the stress it is already under during bouts of hepatitis and other liver conditions, what is eaten can have a positive effect in helping the liver recover.
- Eat frequent small portions.
- Stay away from foods and drinks that contain chemicals of any kind – pesticides, added chemicals found in prepackaged foods, such drugs as caffeine, spices, salt and pepper, packaged or bottled drinks, alcohol, etc.
- Be cautious with herb teas. They can be just as demanding as any chemical.
- Soups made from fresh organic vegetables are, not only easy on the system, but provide the nourishment the liver requires to heal itself.
- Use fats that contain the essential fatty acids (see Fats). Go easy on these, but stay away from all other processed fats and oils, including animal fats.