3 Cleansing Detox Soup Recipes: Why You Shouldn’t Only Juice

3 Cleansing Detox Soup Recipes: Why You Shouldn’t Only Juice

Many people decide to cleanse in order to increase their energy, alleviate illness, have clearer skin, and give their bodies rest and regeneration. Juicing is one detox method that has gained a lot of popularity in recent years all around the world.

Juices from fresh fruits and vegetables are the only foods allowed during a juice cleanse. This saturates the body with vitamins and minerals while giving the gut a break, allowing the body to focus its efforts on cellular repair, healing, and rejuvenation rather than food digestion.

A juice cleanse does provide the body with a much-needed respite, but there are some drawbacks that should be taken into account. Juice from high-sugar fruits first raises blood sugar levels, which then raise insulin and cortisol levels, leading to hormonal imbalance and weight gain. Juice cleanses might not be the best choice if a person already struggles with hormone imbalance, anxiety, or both, as protein, healthy fats, and fiber are crucial for blood sugar regulation, which is necessary for hormonal balance and mental wellness.

Because one of the main goals of a juice cleanse is to clear toxic build up, it is important to buy all organic produce, which can be quite costly considering how much you would need to buy. Juicing also strips the produce of all fiber, which is beneficial and important for the health of your microbiome and elimination.

Plus, in the colder months, when our bodies crave warmth and comfort, juice at every meal isn’t very appealing. Luckily, there is another option.

Benefits of a Soup Cleanse

Detoxing is as much about nourishing your body as it is releasing toxins from it. While your body is always naturally getting rid of unwanted toxins on its own, doing a detox will help support the relevant organs in this process and make it more efficient. A good detox will promote a healthy liver, gut, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs, or even skin. While the most popular form of a detox involves juicing, there’s another, warmer way to detox and replenish: the soup cleanse.

Consuming nutrient dense soup floods the body with healing spices, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids that are easily digested and assimilated which allows the body to use energy towards rejuvenation and cellular repair rather than processing heavy food (2).

Soups also include the fiber and substances needed for blood sugar regulation which will aide in weight loss, hormonal balance, and mental health.

Soup cleanses are also lower in sugar than juice cleanses because they’re using more vegetables and complex carbohydrates versus fruit which tends to make people feel better and more energetic.

Benefits of a soup cleanse include: reduced inflammation, increased energy levels, disease prevention, cell rejuvenation, weight loss, and clear skin.

How to Properly Soup Cleanse

  1. Cleanse Length: A soup cleanse tends to last 1-3 days. Start with one day, then a few weeks or months later, go for three.
  2. Eat often throughout the day: Start by having five to six soups per day. If you are hungry, add another serving.
  3. Consume mostly vegetables: It is important that your soups consist of mostly vegetables, healing spices, and nutrient-rich broths.
  4. Drink enough water: Water help removes toxins and waste from the body as well as helps move nutrients to where they need to go. Try to drink at least ½ your weight in ounces of water each day.
  5. Make your soup in advance: It is helpful to make the days worth of soup the night before to ensure you can easily consume it 5-6 times during the day.


How to Make Detox Soup Recipes

There are many detoxifying soup recipes that can be made to fit your unique taste.

Here a few guidelines when creating your soup:

  1. Start with a broth: Miso, bone broth, or vegetable broth
  2. Add healing spices: Turmeric, ginger, cumin, garlic, cinnamon, etc.
  3. Add Greens and Veggies: Kale, spinach, zucchini, leeks, onion, carrots, etc.
  4. Add starchy veggies if desired: sweet potato, plantain, acorn squash, butternut squash, parsnips, beets. . .
  5. Add protein: beans, lentils, nuts (if tolerated). Can also add non-inflammatory protein or collagen powder for easily digested amino acids that aid in the detoxification process.
  6. Add health fat: coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, ghee, avocado oil. Adding a healthy fat helps the body absorb the nutrients from the vegetables.
  7. Blend until smooth!


Broccoli Detox Soup


  • 2.5 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup kale or spinach
  • 2 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable or bone broth
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Juice of  ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons collagen (optional)


  1. In a soup pot, heat the coconut oil, add the onion,  celery sticks, and broccoli, and cook and stir over low heat for five minutes.
  2. Add broth, bring to a boil, then cover the pot with a lid and let simmer until the vegetables are soft. About 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the greens and collagen (if using)
  4. Transfer blender or use an immersion blender and blend until smooth.


Carrot Ginger Detox Soup Recipe


  • 2 pounds carrots, chopped
  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cups bone or vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • sea salt, black pepper and onion powder to taste
  • 2  tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons plain protein or collagen powder (optional)


  1. Place carrots, broth, ginger and garlic in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until carrots are soft when pierced.
  2. Saute onions in a separate pan with ghee over medium-high heat until caramelized.
  3. Add both the broth mixture and the onions to a blender and blend until a smooth consistency is reached.
  4. Transfer smooth mixture back into a large pot and add coconut milk and seasonings.
  5. Mix until well incorporated.


Red Lentil Detox Soup


  • ¼ cup coconut oil, olive oil, or ghee
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup red lentils, rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 4.5 cups bone or vegetable broth
  • 1-inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Coconut cream for topping, optional



  1. Melt the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Place the chopped sweet potatoes, carrots, apple, and onion in the pot.
  3. Stir and cook the apples and vegetables until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir the lentils, ginger, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and broth into the pot with the apple and vegetable mixture. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the lentils and vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.
  5. Pour the soup into a blender or use an immersion blender and puree until smooth.
  6. Return the pureed soup to the cooking pot. Bring back to a simmer and add water or broth as needed to thin the soup to your preferred consistency.
  7. Top with salt and pepper and coconut cream to taste.


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