Post Liver Transplant Diet

Nutrition Tips By Neha Suryavanshi

In general, your diet after liver transplant should be low in salt, cholesterol, fat and sugar.

After the operation, doctors will advise you to resume a regular diet as soon as possible to obtain adequate nutrition. When you first resume diet, you will experience loss of appetite, nausea, flatulence, or even vomiting. This is probably because the residual effects of anesthesia and slow bowel movement after the surgery. You will recover in a few days and your appetite will gradually improve. We recommend you to reduce the regular meal size and eat between regular meals. Do not get too full and avoid taking a lot of liquid before and after meals.

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To prevent damaging your new liver, it’s important to avoid alcohol. Do not drink alcoholic beverages or use alcohol in cooking.

*Recommendations after kidney transplant may include these steps:

1.Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

2.Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice, pomegranates.

3.Have enough fiber in your daily diet.

4.Choose whole grain foods over processed ones.

5.Drink low-fat or fat-free dairy products, which is important to maintain optimal calcium and phosphorus levels.


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6.Eat lean meats, poultry and fish.

7.Follow food safety guidelines.

8.Stay hydrated by drinking adequate water and other fluids each day.

*Best Diet and Nutrition for Healthy Liver after Liver Transplant :

You have been ill for a long time prior to your transplant and have probably lost a lot of weight. Therefore eating properly is an important part of your recovery process, and a healthy and balanced diet will help get you back on your feet again.


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Your diet should include:

Whole-grain cereals and breads
Low -fat milk and dairy products or other sources of calcium
Lean meats, fish, poultry, or other sources of protein.

Further recommendations:.

1.Weigh yourself every day.

2.Avoid sugary snacks such as cakes and biscuits between meals. If you feel hungry, eat some fruit or vegetables (low in calories).

3.Try to drink about 2 litres of fluid every day. This is good for your kidney and help remove waste products from your body. Bottled mineral water, herbal teas, pasteurised low-fat milk, and fruit juices are good.

4.Always wash and peel fresh fruit
Vegetables that grown in soil, eg potatoes, should always be peeled and cooked in boiling water.


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5.Cooking vegetables in a pressure cooker is a good way of saving the vitamin content. Do not eat raw vegetables, eg lettuce.

6.Do not eat cheese made from unpasteurised milk and avoid cheeses with mould.

7.Only buy small amounts of dairy products at one time so that you can eat them while they are still fresh

8.Salt (Sodium)

While on steroids, try to restrict your salt intake by:
#Using salt sparingly when cooking

#Trying not to add salt to cooked food or salad
Avoiding salty foods, eg potato crisps, pickles and tinned food.


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*Post operation care and exercise :-

Apart from obtaining sufficient nutrition and taking medications at specific times, mild exercise is essential for recovery.

In the first few days after surgery, you should get out of bed and sit on chair for at least 1-2 hours every day.

Please do more deep breathing exercise because it helps your lungs to expand and enables you to cough up sputum easily or use your self-financed breathing exerciser
the physiotherapist will teach you to exercise your legs by cycling that your leg muscles can be strengthened, blood circulation is increased, and the risk of complications such as
venous thrombosis of the legs is reduced. The level of exercise.The level of exercise walking can be increased progressively.

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It is important to have daily exercise routine to build up your muscles weakened by a long of illness. You should slowly increase your levels of exercise. Cycling swimming, and walking are very useful for increasing your stamina and overall muscle tone, and all going well, you can also resume other sports three months after the operation.

Before starting on any exercise program, remember to check with your transplant team.


It is not advisable to drive a car during the first four weeks following transplantation.


An Article By

Dt.Neha Suryawanshi



Neha Suryavanshi

Dietician Neha Suryawanshi is a nutritionist based in Sion, East Mumbai, India. Nutritionist Neha Suryawanshi is a weight loss diets expert. She is helping people to reach to their health related goals with her healthy diets & lifestyle. Dietitian Neha Suryawanshi provides weight loss diet consultations online. Online diet consultation, customised online diet plans, personalized. She believe in health care that is based on a personal commitment to meet patient needs with compassion and care. I have done M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management. P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics ,Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application, B.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. Dietitian’s Neha Suryawanshi’s nutrition expertise is in Weight Management, Diabetes Management, PCOS Management, Heart Disease Management, Thyroid Management and Sport nutrition and other clinical disorders. She has worked at Snap Fitness Goregaon as a Corporate Nutritionist where she provided diet and nutrition couseling to Clients and prepared, monitored diet plans on weekly basis and with VLCC Health Care Pvt.Ltd. Currently working as an Online Diet Consultant with Lybrate, Practo, icliniq, happydna and other health websites and writing health blogs as well.

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