Juicing is so 2014. And with these polar vortex-esque temps, a soup detox is more what we need right about now. Plus, it might even be healthier than guzzling green juice.
"In terms of general health, souping can actually be a bit healthier for detox compared to juicing for one basic reason: soups retain fiber," says Jennifer Iserloh, aka the “Skinny Chef,” a classically trained chef and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. "Fiber is crucial for feeding your microbiome (the good gut bacteria) responsible for the strength of your immune system. Fiber also plays a key role in moving toxins out of your body, since it bulks up stool and literally cleans the walls of your intestinal tract. Fiber also helps to anchor your blood sugar, making you less hungry throughout the day while consuming fewer calories."
In the colder months, soups can also help you to feel more full and satisfied, since they are warm and soothing, Iserloh says. "According to Ayurveda, warm purees and soups are also a boon for digestion, since they stoke the 'agni' or fire of your digestive system, unlike cold drinks that can 'extinguish' the potency of your digestion and even give you cramps," she adds.
Another plus to making soups? "It’s a lot cheaper to brew a big pot of soup with a few veggies than to buy all the fruits and veggies you need for one glass of juice," Iserloh says.
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