Polycystic Liver Disease Diet
The lists at the bottom of this page are for you to follow to try to see if they work as well for you as they have for us. Some individuals have tested themselves by eating a food then withdrawing it to determine if their symptoms return or abate. These diet suggestions have been collected from our communal self testing and from a gathering of our pooled PLD experiences. Enjoy whole foods especially those from locally grown produce. Neutral protein and low salt seems to lessen PLD Polycystic Liver Disease symptoms. Adequately flush the body daily by drinking sufficient water. Starting the day with freshly squeezed lemon juice added to a cup of warm water quiets symptoms. Ending the day with chamomile or saffron tea helps diminish pain and induce relaxation.
Caffeine, coffee, tea, chocolate, hormones, soy, estrogen, flaxseed, fish oil, cod liver oil, dry cleaned chemicals, bleach, ammonia, growth hormones, yeast, alcohol, concentrated sugars, chemicals, xenoestrogens, herbicides, pesticides, all increase polycystic liver size. Let us know about your experience.
What is the PLD Polycystic Liver Disease Diet?
The PLD Diet is composed of lucsious foods that come from the earth; plant based foods are eaten in abundance with a limitation on animal foods. Alkaline foods generally are fruits and vegetables; enjoy these freely. Acidic foods are animal proteins, these are limited. There are some exceptions. Generally the sweeter the taste of a raw fruit or vegetable, the more alkaline producing it is. Besides animal proteins causing acidity, another acid producing culprit are concentrated sugars and alcohols. So far, through self testing, one usable alkaline sweetener seems to be tupelo honey, with additional dried fruits or bananas or cinnamon. Foods prepared with other sugars have been known to cause urinary pH to register acid (pH 5); raise serum cholesterol, increase symptoms; and oftentimes trigger the onset of a painful migraine.
If one can eliminate animal proteins, this is better for health. Another possibility is to limit animal proteins to 3 ounces or less, once a day, 2-3 times a week. The size of a deck of cards is about 3 ounces of fish. We try to get essential amino acids and essential fatty acids daily. The PLD Diet is an alkaline diet that utilizes liver friendly fruits and vegetables; neutral protein (what goes in - comes out) or approximately 0.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight; 1200 mg of sodium, limit salt intake to less than an eighth teaspoon per day, utilizing Himalayan pink crystal salt; and drinking lots of water to flush the body.
What is the reasoning behind drinking 3 liters of water?
Part of the job of the liver is to detoxify and metabolize body wastes by converting this to a water-y compound released through the kidneys. Eating animal products increases certain liver enzymes. These liver enzymes breaks down circulating liver toxins to an even more toxic compound. It is this secondary compound that can be harmful to a cystic liver. Water helps dilute these by-products of liver metabolism.
A cystic liver may enlarge greatly; however it is rare for a PLD liver to fail; nevertheless, the metabolism of estrogen can become greatly impaired through a cystic liver. These estrogen by-products contribute greatly toward expanding a polycystic liver.
Why alkaline foods?
Cystic organs eventually produce more and more acidic wastes that a cystic body can no longer purify. Doctors will give alkalizers to assist the job of our kidneys, but usually late, when functioning is greatly diminished. A few are trying early in PLD, to see if alkalinity increases their generalized health and sense of well-being. Alkaline foods are plant based foods; the sweeter the fruit, the more alkaline.