to Do a Winter Detox
By Dr. Ben
cleansing programs that call for freshly pressed juices, raw foods,
and even room temperature water with lemon juice, maple syrup, and
pepper may work for most people when the weather is warm, but how
does one experience an effective cleanse without feeling exceedingly
cold and frail during late fall, winter, and early spring?
a reason why our bodies crave hot soups and cooked foods during colder
months. To ignore the need to support a minimum core body temperature
is to allow significant enervation, which is never conducive to supporting
a fan of one, two, or even three day water-only fasts - these short
periods of deprivation do little but cause you to lose healthy muscle
tissue (I go into detail on this topic here: Is
Fasting One Day a Week Good for Your Health?).
your organs a period of rest and to experience a solid, system-wide
cleanse during colder months, I typically recommend using hot vegetable
broth. If you make your own vegetable broth with generous amounts
of nutrient-rich vegetables, you'll have a mineral-rich liquid to
fuel your everyday activities while you avoid slowing down your self-healing
and self-cleansing mechanisms with large meals. You can sip on hot
vegetable broth throughout the day. And whenever you feel like something
more substantial, you can have room temperature vegetables and fruits
- lettuce, celery, carrots, avocados, apples, pears, and persimmons
are good choices throughout fall and early winter.
as you heed the desire to have some healthy, whole foods whenever
your body calls for them, you can do this "vegetable broth plus whole
vegetables and fruits cleanse" for one to seven days during colder
months whenever you feel the need to rest, get lighter, and be rejuvenated.
nutrient-rich vegetable broth for a cleanse, you'll need:
3 ribs of celery, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
3 Yukon gold potatoes, chopped
Any leftover greens like Swiss chard, beet tops, or turnip tops, chopped
your Yukon gold potatoes, zucchini, carrots, and celery a rough chop
- bite-size pieces will do.
your onion in half and peel off its skin.
all vegetables in a large pot.
with spring or filtered water until vegetables are fully covered.
Bring to a boil. Lower heat and leave it to simmer with the lid on
for one hour.
what your broth and vegetables should look like after you finish simmering:
strain, use a large spoon or spatula to squeeze liquid and nutrient
value out of softened vegetables to maximize yield.
not to transfer the hot broth into a glass jar before cooling. This
vegetable broth keeps well in an airtight jar in the refrigerator
for several days. Just pour out a bit at a time to heat and sip on
throughout the day.
looking to use this broth as a base for a soup, just season with sea
salt to taste.
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note: If you are able to get substantial physical and emotional rest
during your cleansing period and you want to maximize cleansing benefits,
don't use potatoes in making your broth - just add more celery and/or
this recipe for cleansing comes in handy one day - if you have any
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