Sometimes my body cravings a reset or cleansing meal that is not a smoothie or salad but something warm, soothing and gently on the tummy. Soups are a year-long favorite meal for me. Like smoothies, pureed soups allow the body to easily digest and assimilate the nutrients. They are quick and easy to prepare and can be made in big batches so you have enough to get you through the week.
The Liver Detox Soup below is a fantastic cleanser to keep in your tool belt or pull out once a month or when you need it. Our body rids its toxins via the liver, which is the master metabolizer and one of the hardest working organs in the body. It tirelessly filters our blood, breaks down hormones, stores essential vitamins and minerals and produces bile needed to digest fat. Given the amount of toxins that we are exposed to in our modern era via food, environmental pollutants and endocrine disrupting personal care products. Often our livers get over worked and are not able to keep up, not allowing our bodies to digest food properly and flushes out the toxins.
Often when we go on a cleanse or detox diet, lots of toxins are flushed out of the cells further increasing the demand on the liver and more bile is required to help disposed of the toxins. By consuming good amounts of fruits and vegetables our body received good amounts of fiber, potassium and antioxidants that are key in a healthy bile production essential for eliminating excess water and toxins. This will create a more alkaline environment.
This Liver Detox Soup can be used as a simple meal or part of a cleanse, eating throughout the day. You can also top this creamy soup with liver friendly fats like pumpkin seeds, walnuts, avocado or chia seeds. Other key detox foods that are great for cleansing the liver are:
- Green Apples
- Green tea
- Leafy greens and okra
Some key supplements or teas to add to any detox are Milk thistle, Dandelion and Turmeric.
Milk Thistle is a key detoxifying herb which can be consumed in tea or supplement form. It helps eliminate the build up of heavy metals, prescription meds, pollution and alcohol in the liver. Silymarin, its prime active ingredient helps strengthen the walls of the cells.
Dandelion root can be used again in supplement form or use the greens in a soup, smoothie, juice or salad. Dandelion is a natural diuretic, allowing your liver to more quickly remove toxins.
Turmeric is said to both protect the liver from damage and encourage the regeneration of liver cells. Turmeric also increases the body’s production of bile naturally.