Diet and nutrition

Eating a well-balanced diet is especially important after liver transplant to help you recover and keep you healthy.

Your Mayo Clinic transplant team includes a nutrition specialist (dietitian) who can discuss your nutrition and diet needs and answer any questions you have after your transplant.

In general, your diet after liver transplant should be low in salt, cholesterol, fat and sugar.

To prevent damaging your new liver, it's important to avoid alcohol. Do not drink alcoholic beverages or use alcohol in cooking.

Your Mayo Clinic dietitian will also provide you with several healthy food options and ideas to use in your nutrition plan. Your dietitian's recommendations after kidney transplant may include these steps:

  • Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day
  • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice, pomegranates, or Seville oranges due to their effect on a group of immunosuppression medications (calcineurin inhibitors)
  • Have enough fiber in your daily diet
  • Choose whole grain foods over processed ones
  • Drink low-fat or fat-free dairy products, which is important to maintain optimal calcium and phosphorus levels
  • Eat lean meats, poultry and fish
  • Follow food safety guidelines
  • Stay hydrated by drinking adequate water and other fluids each day

International patients

International patients can request an appointment at any Mayo Clinic location.

Appointment requests for international patients