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Medical Detox Veggie Soup

With the weather getting colder, I thought I'd finally share my immune boosting and overall full body detox soup. This is my favorite soup for every reason- it's delicious, savory, comforting, healing and nourishing. When it’s colder, eating hot foods can facilitate digestion and support the system. A diet rich in these vegetables and herbs is linked to reducing inflammation, minimizing cancer risk, improving heart health and optimizing overall health.

For some people, the word detox can inspire them to live an overall healthier lifestyle, which I am all for! However, most “detoxes” do not follow actual science, can be restrictive and are hard to follow. The foods or powders on these plans often do not provide enough nutrition for your body to efficiently mobilize toxins from your tissues and eliminate them effectively. We need protein, various vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals (beneficial plant chemicals) and antioxidants (plant chemicals that inhibit oxidation) to support our liver to detoxify in 2 phases. We also need these nutrients to support our system in functioning optimally. The recipe below contains most of the nutrients needed to support your liver in detoxifying effectively. It's also a great way to ADD in a healthy recipe into your lifestyle to make realistic, lasting change. Be sure to also check out my Superpowered Green Drink and Medicinal Bone Broth for more ideas to add to your detox lifestyle!

DETOX VEGGIE SOUP

Prep time: 10-20 min Cook time: 1-2hrs Servings: Makes about 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp avocado oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp coriander seeds

10 cups filtered water (10 stage carbon filter is ideal, now's your excuse to buy one!) ½ cup onion or scallion tops (for Low FODMAP diet) 1 cup zucchini, chopped 1 cup celery root or fennel bulb (whatever is easier to find) 2 celery stalks, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 parsnips, chopped 2 leeks, rinse