Jaundice is a yellowing of skin, mucous membrane and whites of the eyes (Scleroe) due to an accumulation of a cellular waste production called BILIRUBIN.

Bilirubin is a product of haeme released when red blood cells are destroyed.

Jaundice is not a disease in and of itself, but a sign that the liver is having a problem handling bilirubin as it should.

There are three (3) conditions that promote the accumulation of bilirubin.

Pre-hepatic Jaundice:  It is the excessive breakdown of red blood cells which is termed as haemolytic anaemia.Here; the rate of bilirubin’s production exceeds the livers ability to handle the incoming bilirubin.

Hepatic Jaundice: It is an abnormal liver function. (Example - Hepatitis and liver Cirrhosis)

Extra (post) Hepatic Jaundice: This occurs when there is an interference with bile released from the GALLBLADDER which forces bilirubin back into the liver.

SYMPTOMS

Anorexia, Indigestion, Nausea, Vomiting, Yellow eyes, skin and even face.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING

Protein foods which helps the regeneration of the liver cells.

Consumption of fruits and vegetables should increase:

Examples – Apple, Onion, Green leafy vegetables, dandelion leaves, pear, lemon juice and warm water.

Avoid: Alcohol, Animal source of protein, Fried foods and too much salt.

Source: DF Nutrition clinic

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