Hepatitis C is potentially deadly and there is “supposedly” no known cure for this viral infection but, there is hope. Depending on your immune system and Doctor, it has also been found that with a plant based diet, the virus can indeed be cleared from the body. There have been cases where the body’s own immune system clears the individual of the infection. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver that causes inflammation that destroys the tissue of the liver and in some cases can also affect the brain and cause encephalopathy. So, should people suffering from Hep C not work out and not drink protein shakes? Depending on the stage and severity of the disease, most should continue to take protein supplements. Yes, there is a catch! You should avoid proteins that are derived from Animals. The saturated fats and difficulty in digestion can cause more inflammation and damage your liver further. Also, the fake sugars and artificial flavors can put more pressure on your liver. Iron and sodium are two other major No No’s associated with this condition. Red meats are loaded with iron and sodium and if you have to have it, try to eat organic meats and limit the intake to once a week. A diet that is very low in animal meat especially red meats is best for this condition. So, where do I get my protein and what are my choices? With the amount of supplements on the market, all animal based proteins should be avoided. Stick to the plant proteins. Make sure that you read the label and keep your protein intake to .8 grams to every body pound. You can still be active and live a healthy life. Be sure to research as much as you can on your condition and see a variety of doctors and most importantly after getting the diagnosis, see a good clinical nutritionist and learn how to eat for your condition. Having Hep C is not the end of the world. It should be a wake up call for those who have it to get educated and take control of their issue and diet so they can live long, healthy lives.