Who doesn’t love a comforting bowl of soup on a cold day? Fall is the perfect time of the year to support your body with soups made with in-season vegetables. Detox soups are simply soups made with ingredients that will powerfully support your body’s own detoxification processes. Importantly, soups are easy to digest which gives your digestive system an opportunity to rest and heal.
By regularly consuming soups throughout the colder months you will be supporting your body in its own process of repair and rejuvenation.
When making your own soups, make it a habit to include healing ingredients. Try adding the following to your soups on a regular basis.
Chicken Broth / Bone Broth
A good quality broth provides a nourishing foundation for your soup. Chicken broth and bone broth contain an abundance of gelatin, which helps to heal the intestinal lining and improve joint health. It contains vital minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and trace minerals. It also has anti-inflammatory amino acids like glycine, proline and arginine.
Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, cabbage, broccoli and collard greens are incredibly nutrient-dense foods. They are rich in sulfur containing compounds called glucosinolates, which support detoxification. These powerful detoxifiers also contain indole-3-carbinol, which greatly reduces the risk of breast, colon and lung cancer. 
Garlic is a powerful immune booster that has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It is a rich source of the sulfur compound called allicin — a potent antioxidant. Garlic consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer
Ginger aids in digestion — it helps you to digest and metabolize fats and it soothes an upset stomach. Ginger is also a strong antibacterial. It is great for combating colds and flus over the winter months as it aids respiratory function. Adding fresh ginger to your soup gives it a wonderful zing.
Turmeric is a medicinal spice that is high in antioxidants. The main compound in turmeric is curcumin, which has been studied for its potent anticancer properties and anti-inflammatory action. Turmeric has been shown to help with joint inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic digestive problems. When cooking with turmeric always add black pepper. Curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body on its own, but the piperine found in black pepper increases the absorption rate dramatically.
Cinnamon, like turmeric, is a medicinal spice that is incredibly high in protective antioxidants that help to prevent cancer and cell damage. Cinnamon aids in balancing blood sugar, it helps to stimulate digestion and it is antimicrobial and antibacterial. Cinnamon adds a lovely warmth and spice to your soups.
The following recipes are full of medicinal ingredients that will support your body this winter. The great thing about soups is that they are easily adaptable. You can use these recipes as a base and use whatever vegetables your prefer or that you have on hand. Enjoy!
An immune-boosting detox vegetable soup that includes cabbage, kale, anti-inflammatory turmeric and garlic, ginger and cinnamon. So much goodness in one soup!
This tasty carrot soup contains probiotic-rich kefir along with nourishing chicken broth and freshly grated garlic and ginger.
A delicious and filling chicken detox soup that could become your new favorite go-to soup!
Stay well this winter and we hope that the whole family enjoys these recipes. 🙂