- Pick out vegetables and fruits without high-calorie sauces or added salt & sugars
- Choose fiber-rich whole grains
- Pick up poultry and fish without skin prepared in healthy way
- Decide over lean cuts of meat instead of those high in fat
- Eat fish at least twice a week, especially fish containing omega-3 fatty acids (e.g. salmon, trout and herring)
- Make sure your dairy is Fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%)
- Avoid foods with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat
- Limit saturated fat and trans fat by replacing them with the better fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated)
- Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars
- Choose foods with less sodium and prepare foods with little or no salt
Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly helps the liver to work well.
If you’re living with liver disease, your diet is often adjusted to meet your individual needs. You should always talk to your doctor about what’s best for you, but here are some general food tips for a healthier liver:
- Don’t eat foods high in fat, sugar and salt. Stay away from a lot of fried foods including fast food restaurant meals. Raw or under-cooked shellfish such as oysters and clams are a definite no-no.
- Select foods from all food groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins, milk, and healthy oils.
- Eat foods rich in fiber, which helps your liver work at an optimal level. Fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, brown rice and cereals can take care of your body’s fiber needs.
- Drink plenty of water, which prevents dehydration and helps your liver to function better.