I'm not a huge fan of fasting, as the extreme and temporary nature of a fast can be unnecessarily shocking to the body. In an ideal world, everyone would simply eat a well balanced, nutrient-dense, seasonal diet and avoid junky, over-processed foods.
In reality, however, this doesn't always happen, and occasionally it's nice to give the digestive system a mini-vacation.
Bieler's Broth is a great recipe to try when you're looking to lighten up, and spring time is an ideal season for doing so after a winter of hearty stews, bread, and the likes. Taken from Nourishing Traditions, this recipe was originally create by Henry Bieler, MD, “for fasting, for energy, and for overall health.”
The combination of veggies in Bieler's Broth is thought to be ideal for restoring acid-alkaline imbalance as well as sodium-potassium balance to the body.
Perfect for recovery from stress and adrenal fatigue or a weekend of over-indulgence, this soup is also recommended for individuals with back and ligament problems. Try eating it for breakfast (or before breakfast) for a cleansing start to the day.
Bieler's broth ingredients
- 4 medium zucchini sliced
- 1 pound string beans, ends removed
- 2 sticks celery chopped
- 1-2 bunches parsley, stems removed
- Fresh herbs such as thyme or tarragon tied together with string (optional)
- 1 quart filtered water (see note below for chicken broth substitution with added tomato paste and paprika)
- Sea salt
- Fresh whey (optional)
Bieler's broth method
- Add zucchini, string beans, celery, herbs and filtered water to a boil in a large saucepan until veggies are bright green.
- Remove from heat and add parsley.
- Using a immersion blender (I like this one) blend into a soup stopping at your preferred consistency. Add a tablespoon of whey to each cup of soup before serving, and season with sea salt as desired.
For a soup that is more nourishing/tonifying and slightly less cleansing, use chicken broth instead of water and add 4 tablespoons of tomato paste and ½ teaspoon of paprika.
The latter version is preferred for those with a weak constitution or those recovering from illness or childbirth as homemade chicken stock will provide additional minerals, gelatin, and glycosaminoglycans (which include substances like chondroitin and glucosamine, keratin and hyaluronic acid and more.)
While still great for adrenal fatigue, back pain, and ligament issues, the additional flavors make the soup a bit more satisfying to the taste buds as well.
Have you tried gentle cleansing with Bieler's broth?
Share your experience in the comments.