Before establishing a proper dietary regimen to prevent or combat liver disease, it is important to address the underlying form of the disease as some conditions require specific food recommendations. What should you eat to ensure that your liver continues to function properly?
The American Liver Foundation recommends avoiding foods high in fat, sugar and salt including fast food. Depending on the state of the liver, you should avoid alcohol. If you’re allowed alcohol, limit it to no more than one drink a day. Eat a well-balanced diet of grains, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and maximize liver function.
Try this wonderful roasted asparagus with lemon and thyme recipe from www.liversupport.com:
- 2 pounds fresh asparagus
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Juice of a half lemon
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or ⅛ teaspoons dried thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Break off the tough ends of the asparagus and, if they’re thick, peel the bottom half of each stalk
- Place the asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, then toss to coat the asparagus completely.
- Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Roast the asparagus for 25 minutes, until tender but still crisp.
- Remove the asparagus from the oven, sprinkle with thyme and toss
- Drizzle on lemon juice, sprinkle with zest (optional) and serve
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