I don’t know about you, but every once in a while I find myself craving a big bowl of liver- cleansing vegetables! Okay, so maybe a few of you are still reading……..but if you can relate you’ll probably appreciate this post.
The months of May and June in Okinawa kind of feel like the busy Thanksgiving/Christmas season; there are always lots of end-of-school-year events, as well as PCS farewell events, all of which seem to involve copious amounts of eating! Now as we’re heading into July, I am starting to feel the negative effects of endless lunch and dinner dates. Since I was home yesterday with no plans, and feeling kind of lazy, I decided to give my body a little bit of TLC by making a huge pot of healthy and nourishing vegetable soup.
When I make a vegetable soup for cleansing purposes, I don’t really follow a specific recipe; I typically just choose a selection of in-season vegetables and try to add ingredients that cleanse and support the liver. Some of the best ingredients you can add to a “detox” soup include the following:
- Broccoli – contains valuable phytochemicals, that once released into the body, help to flush out carcinogens and other toxins.
- Leafy green vegetables – are high in plant chlorophylls and help to eliminate environmental toxins from the blood stream.
- Turmeric – is a great detox spice because it assists enzymes that specifically work to flush out dietary carcinogens.
- Ginger – is beneficial in so many ways; it nourishes the liver, promotes circulation, helps to unclog blocked arteries, and even helps to lower blood cholesterol by as much as 30 percent.
- Garlic – activates liver enzymes that help flush out toxins.
- Carrots – are high in plant flavonoids and beta-carotene, both of which help to stimulate and improve liver function.
There are so many other vegetables, herbs, and spices that help to cleanse and support the liver, and vegetable soups are perfect for detoxing because you can include a wide variety of “detox” ingredients in one meal.
Take a break from eating out and spend an afternoon at home making a delicious cleansing soup – your body will thank you for it.