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What foods (items) should an ITP patient (has gone through Splinectomy) should avoid in her diet (those causes reduction of platelet count)?


Dear TJ,

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is the condition of having
abnormally low levels of certain blood cells called platelets (thrombocytopenia)
It is a condition of no known cause (idiopathic).

Splenectomy (removal of the spleen) is sometimes undertaken, as platelets targeted for destruction will often meet their fate in the spleen.

An ITP patient should eat a healthful and balanced diet.
Make sure you eat a healthy, varied diet , as a very restricted diet could affect your platelet count.

Eat a diet with adequate protein and vitamins and Drink plenty of non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic fluids.

Some people report success with herbs, supplements, energy work, diet changes, and other alternative treatments. There are many reported cases of their success but few formal studies.

Based on some doctors’ opinion, diet does not play a major role in management of Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). But diet rich in vitamin B12 and folic acid such as spirulina, liver, eggs, milk, fish, pulses, amaranth, drumstick leaves may be help full in platelet production.

Other docs recommend for a Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) the following diet :

Avoid problem foods.
Avoid alcoholic beverages which can damage bone marrow. Reduce the amount of blueberries, red/purple grape products, garlic, onions, ginger, ginseng, and tomatoes. These foods can interfere with blood clotting.

Avoid food and drinks containing quinine. These can lower platelets.

Avoid allergic foods.
Many people have delayed food allergies that produce vague and difficult-to-diagnose symptoms. If you don’t feel well, consider having a food allergy test.
Eat a wide variety of fresh food
Maximize the value of each bite. Eat food from as close to the source as possible and as soon as possible.

Avoid canned and frozen foods and leftovers. The nutritional value of food deteriorates with time. A wide variety of food assures your body gets the variety of nutrients it needs.

Eat whole foods
Eat whole grain cereals, brown rice, and whole wheat products. Reduce the amount of white flour, white rice and processed foods. Processed grains are stripped of their natural nutrient-rich coating.

Eat organic foods
Eat un-sprayed foods grown using natural fertilizers. Some pesticides and herbicides have been shown to exacerbate autoimmune diseases and lower platelets. Additives and preservatives can increase the disease-causing free radicals in your body.

Reduce sugar
Reduce the amount of white refined sugar as well as fructose, corn syrup, honey and other sweeteners. Limit fruit and fruit juice. Sugar contributes to an acidic disease-promoting body condition.

Reduce dairy products
Reduce or eliminate milk, cheese, ice cream, and yogurt from your diet based on your reaction to these foods and other dietary needs. Dairy foods have been shown to contribute to mucus formation and exacerbate some autoimmune diseases.

Eat healthy fats
Use cold pressed oils such as olive or canola in cooking and baking. Avoid hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated or trans-fats. These contribute to free radical damage. Reduce the amount of deep fried food which also adds to the free radical load.

Eat green
Eat as many leafy greens as possible, especially kale and collards. Add sea vegetables (sea weed) to your diet. These choices contain large amounts of calcium, minerals, and vitamin K to help clotting.

Limit meat
Rely on lean, white fish, whole grains and beans and some nuts for protein. Meat is often laced with residual antibiotics, hormones, and saturated fat.

Chew your food well
Chewing each bite until it is liquid can aid digestion, aid the passage of nutrients into your blood stream, and promotes healthy alkaline blood chemistry.

Drink pure warm water
Drink plenty of filtered or bottled water at room temperature or above. Taking periodic sips of hot water can cleanse impurities from the body. Ice water can slow and hinder the digestive process. Tap water may contain small amounts of chemicals that are harmful.

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