Friday, January 3, 2014

Gut Healing Broth

If you read yesterday's post,
you know I'm on a quest for better health.
One of the books I'm reading lists several recipes
for aiding in the healing of the gut.
Most of what I know about this topic is based on my research
to help my son, who has chronic gut issues,
partially due to overuse of antibiotics when he was a toddler. 
It comes with the territory where kids on the spectrum are concerned.
It's a complicated matter, but as Hippocrates uttered so long ago,
"All disease begins in the gut."

Most folks who discuss gut issues recommend bone broth for healing,
but since I don't eat meat, this was the next best thing.
 I adapted it to what I had on hand.

Magic Mineral Broth (modified)
 4 unpeeled carrots, cut in large chunks
2 unpeeled potatoes, cut in large chunks
1/2 C leeks, greens & whites, sliced
2 big cloves garlic, peeled but left whole
1/2 C parsley
2 t salt
1 bay leaf

Place ingredients in large stock pot and fill halfway with water.
Bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer
and cook for at least two hours.
Strain over sieve or cheesecloth.

I made 1/2 the recipe, which turned out to make about 1 quart and 1 pint.

 I'll be making it regularly now,
so that it can be enjoyed daily.
The original recipe can be found here.
It's called mineral broth because it uses seaweed
which is loaded with the stuff.
It's on my shopping list this week for my next batch!

It really does feel so good going down.
I hope you'll give it a go,
even if you don't have trouble with your gut balance.
This broth makes a great base for soups and stews,
and can be added to pasta, rice or quinoa for added nutrition.
The healing has begun! 

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