What better way to start off this blog than with a recommended broth to detox our bodies. I’ve been using it for the last four or five years, and will do this broth detox at least twice a year. If I am feeling bloated, congested and having issues with my digestive system I do this detox and it cleans out my system.
Vegetable Broth Detox – 7 Day Liver Cleanse
- 2 to 3 cups of chopped fresh string beans (green or yellow or both)
- 2 to 3 cups chopped zucchini
- 2 to 3 stalks chopped celery
- 1 to 3 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp chopped garlic
Steam the first three items until tender. Add to a blender with the parsley and garlic and blend to a thick consistency. Season with ginger, cayenne, vegetable seasoning, and/or herbs of choice.
I also make the following detox broth several times a year and use the vegetables for other things. I’ve frozen them and used them again in making vegetable broth as well as for thickening of homemade soups.
Life Detox Broth
- 4 large potatoes chopped
- 6 carrots chopped
- 1 head of celery, including the leaves
- 1 small bunch green vegetables, like broccoli
- 1 apple cored and chopped. For whatever reason I always use Granny Smiths in all of my juices
- 1 bunch chopped herbs (parsley, oregano, coriander – your choice)
Put all in a large pot and cover with water. I simmer mine all day some times; the vegetables will be strained off and then you bottle the broth in glass jars or containers and keep in the fridge.
As for the quantities of vegetables, I always seem to add more than is called for whenever I am cooking. It’s up to you.
You can drink this broth by itself or with your meals (vegetarian of course), especially during a cleanse.
Eat only a vegan diet – at least while you are cleansing your system. It is much easier for the body to digest than meats. If you think your colon is blocked you can give yourself a coffee enema once or twice during the week.
Suggested raw salads that would supplement this cleanse would be a carrot salad. I’ve thrown together a quick one from a few left over big carrots, adding whatever I had on hand such as:
- walnut pieces
- shredded carrots, or very thinly sliced or diced
- thinly cut and diced green apple
- raisins or currents
- sprinkle with oil mixture of oil, crushed garlic, lemon juice and lemon zest
If I am having notable inflammatory issues, like congestion in the morning or blocked sinuses, I will add freshly chopped turmeric to my salads and also sprinkle freshly ground turmeric from the health food store that I keep in stock.
You can also make one of my favourite juices that helps with the cleanse and supports the liver. These are the ingredients, and I know it sounds weird to have strawberries and beets. The final product is a gorgeous, pink and foamy drink. I drink this juice any time and all the time because of its benefit to our blood. Having a family history of heart disease I try and support mine as much as I can, naturally.
Beetroot Blood Purifier Juice
- 2 beetroots peeled
- 5 strawberries
- 1 celery stick
- 1/2 pineapple
- 2 apples (like I said, I use Granny Smiths in all of my juice recipes)
Because I am a big believer that a lot of the aches and pains people have is as a result of inflammatory issues in the body, I always recommend to people that they get into the habit of including this herb in their regular diet. You can even buy the pill format at the local pharmacy or health food store. Whenever you can substitute Mother Nature’s products for a chemical product from the pharmacy it is recommended that you do so. There are no contraindications or bad side effects using products from nature, whereas too often in prescription or off the shelf medications there are chemicals that end up causing additional harm or irritation.
I am not a medical practitioner and these are only recommendations. I am not and will not ever tell anyone to do anything that is opposed to what their physicians have prescribed. I am only sharing my experiences and recommendations with you with the hope that you may benefit.