Although jaundice is common in newborns, it can also affect adults who lead unhealthy lifestyles. Jaundice occurs when your liver is incapable of removing bilirubin from your body. The bilirubin builds up in your liver and causes your skin and eyes to take on a yellow tinge (Reference 2). Following a healthy diet and avoiding factors that can lead to liver disease may help prevent jaundice. If you develop jaundice, though, contact your health professional.
Foods to Eat
According to ayurvediccure.com, fruits can help prevent jaundice, as they help to cleanse the body of toxins. Regularly incorporate pears, apples, grapes and pineapples into your diet. Also, citrus fruits such as oranges help prevent the production of bilirubin (Reference 1).
If you already have jaundice, ayurvediccure.com recommends that you do a juice fast. During the fast, consume nothing but fruit juice until your jaundice subsides. Then, eat only fruit for at least three days. Once you start to eat other foods, consume a piece of fruit with every meal (Reference 1). A juice fast can also be undertaken if you have a history of recurring jaundice.
Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. This will flush toxins that lead to jaundice out of your system. Coconut juice and barley water also help eliminate toxins from your body (Reference 1).
A healthy diet filled with green leafy vegetables can help prevent jaundice. If you do not care for vegetables, drink vegetable juice (Reference 1). Regular exercise and sleep enhance the effects of a healthy diet (Reference 2).
Foods to Avoid
In some cases, alcohol consumption causes jaundice, as this damages the liver. If you have liver damage, you need to stop consuming alcohol immediately; otherwise you may require liver surgery (Reference 2).
Excessive amounts of caffeine and sugar can affect your liver and cause jaundice. Limit your intake of soda, tea, coffee and other beverages that contain caffeine or artificial sweeteners (Reference 1).
Processed foods, saturated fat and fried foods can stress your liver, possibly leading to jaundice. Eat whole foods whenever possible and limit fatty meats. According to ayurvediccure.com, a diet high in meats disrupts your digestive system, thus decreasing your body's ability to remove toxins (Reference 1).
Legumes and pulses should be limited, as they also disrupt your digestive system (Reference 1).