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I have hep C

How can I stay healthy?


What does my liver do? Your liver does a lot of important things to keep you healthy: It cleans your blood Helps with digestion It stores energy and vitamins If you have hep C it could be damaging your liver. Liver damage stops your liver from working properly.

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Changes to your diet, exercise and drug and alcohol use can help to keep your liver healthy.

Diet Eating a healthy diet and being a healthy weight can help to slow any damage to your liver. Eating the right types of food helps you and your liver stay healthy. So, try to eat a mix of:

Milk, yoghurt and cheese

Meat, fish

Fruits

(fresh or tinned low salt) and/or eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds

(fresh or tinned low sugar)


Exercise Doing about 30-45 minutes of exercise every day or two can help to keep your liver healthy. Some easy ways to exercise are: Try to walk instead of catching the bus sometimes, or get off a stop early. Ride a bike instead of driving to the shops. Walk the dog (or a neighbour’s!), or take your kids to the park.

Drugs and alcohol Alcohol and some drugs might damage your liver. You can cut down on alcohol and other drugs to help stop damage to your liver. To talk about alcohol, drugs and your liver call the Hepatitis Infoline on 1800 803 990. This call is confidential.

Vegetables, beans and legumes (fresh or tinned low salt)

Grains (like breads, cereals, rice, pasta)

And drinking lots of water


Want to know more? Call our Hepatitis Infoline 1800 803 990 (free from a landline) Or look up our website www.hep.org.au for more free brochures

Notes:

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Hepatitis Infoline 1800 803 990 www.hep.org.au PO Box 432 Darlinghurst, NSW 1300 info@hep.org.au

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