Nowadays, many people choose to do a juice cleanse to boost their energy levels, reduce the symptoms of a disease, clear the skin, and give their bodies an overall rest and rejuvenation. A juice cleanse consists of consuming the juice from fresh fruits and veggies. This cleansing technique provides the body with plenty of vitamins and minerals and gives the gut a break, which allows the body to use more energy for healing, rejuvenation, and cellular repair rather than the food digestion.
Despite the fact that juice cleanse gives the body a break, there are still some negative aspects that should be considered. First and foremost, consuming a juice of high sugar fruits increases the blood sugar levels, which then raises insulin and cortisol, causing weight gain and hormonal imbalance. If a person is suffering from hormonal imbalance or anxiety, a juice cleanse is not something that should be done, because protein, fiber, and healthy fat are crucial for proper regulation of blood sugar that is needed for both mental health and hormonal balance.
In addition to this, juicing also strips away important nutrients like fiber, which is very important for the proper functioning of the digestive system.
Plus, during the cold winter months, when we all want to enjoy a warm and comfort meal, drinking a juice is not something that is very appealing.
Luckily, there is another cleansing technique that doesn’t have any of the above-mentioned downsides. We are talking about the soup cleanse.
Benefits of Soup Cleanse
The human body has the ability to remove harmful toxins on its own, but doing a detox will make this important process even more efficient. A good detox will help improve the functioning of many important organs, including the liver, kidneys, and lungs.
Although juicing still remains the most popular cleansing method, the soup cleanse is also becoming popular among health-conscious individuals.
Regular consumption of nutrient-rich soups floods the body with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids, which provides the body with all the energy it needs for rejuvenation and cellular repair.
Soups are also rich in fiber and other substances that are needed for blood sugar regulation, which promotes weight loss, hormonal balance, and mental health. In addition, they can also effectively reduce inflammation and fight common health problems like cold and flu.
Moreover, soups have much lower amounts of sugar than juices because they are mostly using vegetables.
How to Do a Soup Cleanse?
- Cleanse Length – A soup cleanse should last for 1-3 days. Start with one day, then go for three a few weeks later.
- Eat often throughout the day – You should consume 5-6 soups during the day.
- Eat more veggies – To achieve the best results, your soups should consist of mostly vegetables, healing spices, and nutrient-dense broths.
- Drink plenty of water – Water helps remove toxins from the body and moves nutrients to where they need to go. It is recommended to drink 10-12 glasses of water each day.
How to Make Detox Soup Recipes?
Here a few useful tips when making your soup:
- Start with a broth – Miso, bone broth, or vegetable broth.
- Use healing spices – Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, cumin, etc.
- Add a lot of veggies: Kale, carrots, spinach, leeks, zucchini, onions, etc.
- Add starchy veggies if you want to – sweet potato, beets, acorn squash, butternut squash, parsnips, plantain, etc.
- Add high-protein foods – beans, lentils, and nuts. You can also add non-inflammatory protein or collagen powder to get amino acids that aid in the detoxification process.
- Add healthy fat – coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil. Healthy fat increases the absorption of nutrients from the vegetables.
- Blend until smooth!
3 Detox Soup Recipes!
Broccoli Detox Soup
- 2 tbsps. coconut oil
- 5 cups broccoli florets
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 3 celery stalks, finely diced
- 2 carrots, finely chopped
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup kale
- 2 tbsps. collagen (optional)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Heat the coconut oil in a soup pot.
- Add the broccoli, onions, celery, and carrots, and cook and stir over low heat for about 5 minutes.
- Next, add broth, bring to a boil, then cover the pot with a lid and let simmer for about 5 minutes (until the vegetables are soft).
- Stir in the kale and collagen (optional).
- Transfer the mixture to a blender (including the sea salt and lemon juice) and blend until smooth.
Carrot Ginger Detox Soup Recipe
- 6 cups bone broth
- 2 pounds carrots, chopped
- 3 tbsps. fresh ginger, grated
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 onions, peeled and chopped
- 2 tbsps. coconut oil
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- First, add bone broth, carrots, ginger, and garlic to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until carrots become soft.
- Next, sauté onions in a separate pan with coconut oil over medium-high heat until caramelized.
- Add both the broth mixture and the onions to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Transfer the mixture to a large pot and add coconut milk and seasonings.
- Mix until well combined.
Red Lentil Detox Soup
- ¼ cup coconut oil or olive oil
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 small white onion, chopped
- 1 apple, peeled and chopped
- 4.5 cups vegetable broth
- ½ cup red lentils, rinsed
- 1-inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp chili powder
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Coconut cream for topping (optional)
- In a large pot, melt the oil over medium heat.
- Add the sweet potatoes, carrots, onion, and apple to the pot.
- Stir and cook the ingredients for about 10 minutes (until the onions become translucent).
- Next, stir in the broth, lentils, ginger, cumin, paprika, chili powder into the pot with the apple-vegetable mixture. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Pour the soup into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Return the soup to the cooking pot, bring back to a simmer and add some water to thin the soup to your preferred consistency.
- Top with sea salt, pepper, and coconut cream (optional).