5 tips for liver disease patients when fasting in Ramadan
Fasting detoxifies, revitalizes the functional capacity, and provides many other health benefits for the liver. While most liver disease patients can fast safely, patients with acute hepatitis C, liver cirrhosis with ascites or esophageal varices, and end-stage liver failure are advised not to fast. Therefore, it is important to consult your doctor before you decide to fast to ensure fasting is the right choice for you.
Here are a few things liver disease patients should keep in mind during Ramadan:
- Drink an adequate amount of water during Iftar and Suhoor to prevent dehydration.
- Consume foods rich in vitamin B and zinc, such as yogurt, fish, and leafy vegetables.
- Reduce the intake of salt, sugar, and fats as these can exacerbate liver disease symptoms.
- Avoid overconsumption of proteins and carbohydrates as these can disrupt liver functions.
- Incorporate honey, fruits, and boiled vegetables in your diet as these provide essential nutrients and help maintain liver function.