One of the foods that can help clean your gut is a great broth. The broth I’m recommending isn’t just good for Candida, it’s good for healing the gut in general. The broth contains prebiotics, which help build good levels of beneficial bacteria. The broth also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
The basis of all good broths is the Allium family, especially brown onions which are particularly powerful. Sometimes I also add spring onions or shallots to the broth. The Allium family is particularly beneficial for people with Candida because these plants have a variety of cleansing properties. Quercetin is one of the most important flavonoids found in onion. Quercetin inhibits some of the enzymes that you don’t want upregulated in your body because they cause redness, itching, pain, and inflammation.
Now, for the recipe:
1. Take two to three medium brown onions. Chop them up along with a few cloves of garlic and a couple spring onions.
2. Add some dark green, leafy vegetables which provide magnesium, potassium, and various other minerals. I’ll add Swiss chard or kale. Leafy greens contain different types of fiber, including prebiotics.
3. I like to add a bit of celery and carrot as well.
4. Add any other favorite vegetables. Root vegetables are particularly lovely.
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5. Add a heaping teaspoon of sea salt. It’s essential to have sodium in the broth to even out the potassium content. This is particularly relevant for anyone who has adrenal fatigue.
6. Add some herbs. Thyme is a lovely addition to this broth. Thyme and other herbs such as oregano have antibacterial, antiparasitic, and antifungal properties. Parsley is also good in broth.
7. Throw in about 10 to 15 peppercorns. Don’t put cracked pepper in the broth. Make sure to use whole peppercorns.
8. Simmer all these ingredients in good quality water. Don’t use water that is full of chlorine. Using filtered water makes a big difference to the eventual flavor of the broth. Let the broth simmer for a good two hours.
9. Use a stainless-steel pot with a copper bottom, not an aluminum pot.
10. After the broth has simmered for a couple of hours, take all the vegetables out and throw them away.
11. You have made yourself a super-concentrated broth that will keep in the refrigerator for a few days.
If you’re an omnivore, you can also add a bit of chicken or bone to the broth. This addition will provide collagen and glutamine that help heal a leaky gut. However, I prefer to keep animal products out of this broth. I suggest having one cup of this broth every day over the winter. Regularly having the broth will go a long way towards cleaning up Candida, dysbiotic gut flora, and SIBO.