Anything we put in our body at some point gets filtered through the liver, and this is why our diet can play such a large role in the development of cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a type of liver disease which progresses from fibrosis – scarring of the liver. In cirrhosis, the scarring is irreversible, and this can be a result of alcohol abuse, viral hepatitis B and C, and fatty liver disease.
The liver is the only organ that can regenerate and heal itself, and this may be possible if cirrhosis is mild. If severe, though, the progression of cirrhosis will eventually bring the function of the liver to a halt.
The good news is, a healthy diet can go a long way in slowing down the progression of cirrhosis, all the while maintaining a healthy liver and healthy body overall. Below you will find the foods to eat and the ones to avoid if you have cirrhosis.
Diet and nutrition tips for people with cirrhosis
Limit salt: Salt retains water, which can cause further problems for cirrhosis patients. It is important that you limit your salt intake to less than 2,000 mg a day or less. You can do this by avoiding salty foods, cooking for yourself, reading food labels carefully, avoiding fast-food restaurants, and reducing your intake of red meat.