Start out with the rebuilding of damaged cells with milk thistle
Milk thistle is an herb that contains a group of helpful chemicals known as silymarin. It stimulates the synthesis of proteins in the cells of the liver and it helps the liver regenerate. Alternative health practitioners recommend that you take two 150 milligram tablets or capsules of this herb’s extract, which should be standardized to contain seventy to eighty percent silymarin, 3 to 4 times a day.
You can also take a multiherb supplement. Try to find one that has standardized silymarin extract of ten to fifty percent and that it is blended with some of the other liver-saving and protecting herbs that include ginger, gentian, turmeric and artichoke leaf. Follow the directions or recommendations on the label.
Herbs that kill viruses as well as build immunity
- They’re plenty of herbs out there that one can use to help protect their liver from hepatitis C. These herbs include lemon balm, garlic, shiitake mushrooms and schisandra. Here is how you can utilize these herbs for the treatment and prevention of hepatitis C.
- The best way to use lemon balm is to make a tea by adding one teaspoon of the dried or fresh herb to one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for about fifteen minutes, then strain and drink 2 to 3 cups daily.
- All forms of garlic are effective when it comes to killing viruses and giving the immune system a boost. You can eat a few cloves daily of fresh cooked garlic or you can take a daily dose of 2 to 3 capsules that contains 3,000 to 4,000 micrograms of allicin each. Allicin is the compound that gives garlic its antiviral properties.
- Shiitake can be taken in tablet form two times a day with meals. Take 1500 to 2000 milligrams.
- The best way to utilize schisandra is to take it in capsule form that’s standardized to contain nine percent schisandris two times a day.
Hepatitis C diet: Foods that you should avoid
People with hepatitis C can benefit greatly by incorporating natural methods, herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, as well as a healthy diet that will strengthen their body’s and their immune systems.
It is very important to eat a healthy diet when you have hepatitis C because your liver is the organ that’s responsible for filtering and detoxifying all of the harmful substances from your body. Therefore, you should aim to reduce or eliminate (preferably eliminate) the foods that taxes your liver such as the following foods, which are extremely difficult for the liver to detoxify.
- Some of the hardest foods on the liver are animal products, especially red meats, because they’re mostly loaded with steroids, antibiotics and growth hormones. The consumption of meat can stress the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas and can complicate digestion. In fact, meat is one of the hardest foods for the body to digest.
- Foods that contain dairy can put added pressure on the liver.
- Alcohol is well-known for its liver damaging effects.
- Caffeine is also hard on the liver and can put added stress on the organ. You need to avoid caffeine not only in coffee, but also in colas, teas as well as in many over-the-counter medications.
- Tap water can also harm your liver, I know this may be a surprise to you but it can contain fluoride, chlorine, inorganic chemicals as well as other harmful compounds that liver cannot process. Therefore, you should drink distilled water only.
- The consumption of junk food is also detrimental to the liver. In fact, junk food is a poor source of nutrition and it is loaded with things that you should stay away from such as sugars, preservatives, chemical additives, hydrogenated oils and fats.
- Fruit juices should also be limited or eliminated because they’re loaded with concentrated sugar. The consumption of sugar shocks the liver and it stresses the digestive process as well as the pancreas and it is capable of aiding and abetting the hepatitis C virus.
- Artificial sweeteners are extremely toxic to the liver and it’s hard for the organ process. In fact, the liver does not even recognize what artificial sweeteners are.
Hepatitis C diet: Foods that you should eat
- People with hepatitis C should eat foods that are easy for the liver to process such as proteins that include fish, organic chicken and turkey as well as soy products. You should also consume beans such as Lentils, adzuki, chickpeas, navy, pinto, and mung are among some of the best.
- You should also consume green vegetables that are lightly steamed along with squash. In fact, summer squash and zucchini are extremely easy on digestion.
- Eating plenty of fresh fruits is also a must; however, do not consume more than 3 to 4 servings a day. The over consumption of sugar in any form can be problematic to the liver.
- Whole grains should also be a big part of your diet because they’re rich in the liver-strengthening B vitamins.