Bieler Broth: Sooth Your Gut, Boost Your Energy

I want to share this wonderfully healing recipe with you.

It’s nothing new. It was first outlined by Dr. Henry Bieler, a visionary American physician and author of Food Is Your Best Medicine, who advocated healing chronic disease through diet. But it has stood the test of time and become a well-known and much loved therapeutic food.

Dr. Bieler believed that this combination of vegetables provided an ideal array of nutrients for restoring acid-alkaline balance in the organs and glands. In particularly, he felt this soup was nourishing to the adrenal glands, and is therefore well suited to anyone suffering from excess stress. Do you know anyone like that? : )

This is one of the recipes Karla and I will be serving at our upcoming Day Long Internal Cleansing Workshop in April. It is such a simple and quick recipe and provides a wonderful side dish throughout the week, or a perfect addition to a whole foods cleanse. During a cold or flu, I will make a batch of Bieler broth and a batch of bone broth and eat only these for a few days to allow my body to heal quickly from the virus.


Warm wishes and I hope to see you at the workshop,

Dr. Jennea Wood


Bieler Broth

Makes 2 quarts

  • 4 medium zucchini, washed, ends removed and sliced
  • 1 pound green beans, ends removed
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 bunches parsley, stems removed
  • fresh herbs, such as thyme or tarragon, tied together with string (Optional)
  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee, grass fed butter or coconut oil

Place water, zucchini, green beans, celery and herbs in a pot. Bring to a boil, then lower heat, skim off foam and simmer, covered for 15 minutes. One pot of broth will produce several blender batches, so unless you are using an immersion blender, ladle the soup into your blender, add a handful of chopped parsley and 1 teaspoon of ghee or coconut oil per blender batch, then puree until smooth.  Eat immediately, or store in glass jars in the refrigerator.

I strongly recommend using organic vegetables as this recipe is meant to be healing and exposure to pesticides would be counterproductive. Also, most non-organic zucchini is genetically modified.

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