Albumin is a protein found in your blood. There are many reasons your albumin level may to be depleted. You may have low albumin if you haven't been consuming enough protein and calories, according to Chemocare.com. Liver, kidney, heart disease and cancer may also cause an abnormally low albumin level.
Low serum albumin may lower your resistance and make you more susceptible to infections, according to the National Kidney Foundation. In most cases, you will need a diet high in calories and protein to increase your albumin level. It is important for you to work with a healthcare professional to determine the cause of your low albumin level before you change your diet. Normal albumin levels generally range from 3.4 to 5.4 grams per deciliter of blood, as reported by Medline Plus.
Your liver manufactures albumin. If you have liver disease, albumin production may be impaired. You may benefit from a high-calorie, high-protein diet, according to Nutrition and Diet Therapy. If you have a poor appetite, consume small, frequent meals. A registered dietitian can determine your specific calorie and protein requirements, which are based on how much you weigh and the type and extent of your liver damage.
Your healthcare provider may recommend high-calorie, high-protein liquid supplements to help you get enough calories and protein. Consume these supplements between meals to maximize your nutritional intake. Space your supplements and meals out to avoid compromising your appetite at mealtimes.
Foods high in protein include milk, cheese, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, tofu, peanut butter, and legumes. Add chopped hard-boiled egg, cheese and nuts to salads and casseroles to boost protein and calorie intake.
Carbohydrates and Fats
In addition to protein, it is important to consume enough carbohydrates and fat in order for your body to use theprotein you eat for muscle building and healing. Use butter, vegetable oil, sour cream or nuts in scrambled eggs, salads and other foods. Add milk or cream to soups.