Managing Your Health After an Organ Transplant
Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle continued...
Be sure to avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and excessive drinking. Embrace healthy behaviors such as:
Your transplant dietitian will give you tips for following a healthy diet. These may include:
- Eat high-fiber foods such as raw fruits and vegetables.
- Increase calcium by eating low-fat dairy products, eating green leafy vegetables, or taking calcium supplements (if directed by your doctor).
- Eat less salt, processed food, and snacks.
- Drink plenty of water (unless you are told to limit fluids).
- Eat high-protein foods such as lean meat, chicken (without the skin), fish, eggs, unsalted nuts, and beans.
- Instead of frying your food, try baking, broiling, grilling, boiling, or steaming.
After an organ transplant, most patients are advised to start their exercise program with a low-impact activity such as walking. You can then gradually increase your workout intensity with aerobic activities such as:
Resistance exercise with weights can increase strength and help prevent bone loss. Stretching exercises can increase muscle tone and flexibility.
The type and amount of exercise you can do after an organ transplant will depend on your age and overall physical condition. So, it's important to follow the recommendations of your transplant team.
Transplant patients face a wide range of health concerns after the transplant. It's not uncommon for these health challenges to lead to stress. Getting proper rest and exercise can help.