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Low Protein Diet for Jaundice Treatment
Excess protein intake can rarely cause jaundice. Jaundice is a condition linked mainly to liver diseases. Jaundice is defined as a condition with abnormally high levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream that causes yellow pigmentation of the skin and the sclera or whites of the eyes. Bilirubin is a byproduct of haem metabolism; old or damaged red blood cells (RBC) are broken down and removed from the circulation regularly. During this process hemoglobin a part of RBCs is broken down to a dark greenish yellow color pigment called bilirubin.
Adequate rest and appropriate diet can help to recover from jaundice quickly. For the first few days of treatment, solid foods should be limited. Proteins especially from animal origin should be completely avoided till the symptoms of jaundice subside. A high carbohydrate low fat diet should be preferred. Focus should be mainly on fresh fruits, vegetables, whole cereals, beans and sprouts. Avoid spicy and fatty foods completely till the symptoms subside. Alcohol should be strictly avoided as it can be further toxic to the damaged liver. Any kind of stress, both physical and psychological should be avoided completely. If you are on protein supplements or any other products with supply proteins beyond your needs then discontinue the intake till you see a specialist. If your specialist approves your protein supplements then you can take them. For a detailed diet chart you can also consult a registered dietician.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|