Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Taking good care of your overall health may help you feel better and improve some of the symptoms of primary biliary cirrhosis:

  • Choose reduced-sodium foods. Opt for low-sodium foods or naturally sodium-free foods, since sodium contributes to tissue swelling and to the buildup of fluid in your abdominal cavity (ascites).
  • Exercise most days of the week. Exercise may reduce your risk of bone loss.
  • Avoid alcohol. Your liver processes the alcohol you drink, and the added stress can cause liver damage. Generally, people with primary biliary cirrhosis should abstain from alcohol.
  • Check with your doctor before starting new medications or dietary supplements. Because your liver isn't working normally, you'll likely be more sensitive to the effects of over-the-counter and prescription medications, as well as some dietary supplements, so check with your doctor before taking anything new.
Nov. 22, 2014