Many people choose to go on a cleanse to gain energy, treat disease, clear skin, and give the body an overall rest and rejuvenation. One cleansing technique that has become quite popular in the last few years among all parts of the world is juicing.
A juice cleanse consists of only consuming the juice from fresh fruits and vegetables. This floods the body with vitamins and minerals while giving the gut a break which causes the body to use energy towards healing, rejuvenation, and cellular repair rather than the digestion of food.
Although a juice cleanse does give the body a well-deserved break, there are some downfalls that must be considered. First, consuming the juice of high sugar fruits spikes blood sugar, which then spikes insulin and cortisol causing hormonal imbalance and weight gain. If a person is already struggling with hormonal imbalance and/or anxiety, a juice cleanses may not be the best option as protein, healthy fat, and fiber is essential for blood sugar regulation that is needed for hormonal balance and mental health.
Because one of the main goals of a juice cleanse is to clear toxic build up, it is important to buy all organic produce, which can be quite costly considering how much you would need to buy. Juicing also strips the produce of all fiber, which is beneficial and important for the health of your microbiome and elimination.
Plus, in the colder months, when our bodies crave warmth and comfort, juice at every meal isn’t very appealing. Luckily, there is another option.
Benefits of a Soup Cleanse
Detoxing is as much about nourishing your body as it is releasing toxins from it. While your body is always naturally getting rid of unwanted toxins on its own, doing a detox will help support the relevant organs in this process and make it more efficient. A good detox will promote a healthy liver, gut, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs, or even skin. While the most popular form of a detox involves juicing, there’s another, warmer way to detox and replenish: the soup cleanse.
Consuming nutrient dense soup floods the body with healing spices, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids that are easily digested and assimilated which allows the body to use energy towards rejuvenation and cellular repair rather than processing heavy food (2).
Soups also include the fiber and substances needed for blood sugar regulation which will aide in weight loss, hormonal balance, and mental health.
Soup cleanses are also lower in sugar than juice cleanses because they’re using more vegetables and complex carbohydrates versus fruit which tends to make people feel better and more energetic.
Benefits of a soup cleanse include: reduced inflammation, increased energy levels, disease prevention, cell rejuvenation, weight loss, and clear skin (1) (3).
There are many detoxifying soup recipes that can be made to fit your unique taste.
Here a few guidelines when creating your soup:
Start with a broth: Miso, bone broth, or vegetable broth
Add healing spices: Turmeric, ginger, cumin, garlic, cinnamon, etc.
Add Greens and Veggies: Kale, spinach, zucchini, leeks, onion, carrots, etc.
Add starchy veggies if desired: sweet potato, plantain, acorn squash, butternut squash, parsnips, beets. . .
Add protein: beans, lentils, nuts (if tolerated). Can also add non-inflammatory protein or collagen powder for easily digested amino acids that aid in the detoxification process.
Add health fat: coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, ghee, avocado oil. Adding a healthy fat helps the body absorb the nutrients from the vegetables.
Blend until smooth!
Three Detox Soup Recipes
Broccoli Detox Soup
In a soup pot, heat the coconut oil, add the onion, celery sticks, and broccoli, and cook and stir over low heat for five minutes.
2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
2 tablespoons plain protein or collagen powder (optional)
1 small white onion, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
Top with salt and pepper and coconut cream to taste.
This fantastic guest post was written by Megan Kelly, a nutrition practitioner, licensed esthetician, and specialist of quantum hormonology. We encourage you to check out her website here!
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