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Spring Detox and Renewal Soup Deborah Barr

2-3 cps. Spring Water

Small piece wakame sea vegetable or 1/8 tsp shredded wakame

1 – 1 cps chopped leafy greens—kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion, etc.

Mung bean sprouts

2-3 TB. each grated daikon radish and grated carrot

Scallions, leeks or chives (or all of them)

1-2 dried donko shiitake mushroom

Fresh lemon juice  OR

1-2 TB. GF Soy sauce (start with less—don’t make overly salty. ***can substitute miso – tsp. per cup of liquid in the soup.

1-2 tsp. brown rice vinegar or umeboshi vinegar



Reconstitute shiitake (Donko are the most therapeutic) about 20 minutes; slice and discard stem.  Soak a small piece of wakame in cold water 3-5 minutes.  Slice wakame if using the strips.  Bring water to a boil; add shiitake and the shiitake soaking water being careful not to use any sediment that settles to the bottom.  Cover and simmer 15 minutes.  Add greens and wakame and leeks if you are using them. 

Cover and simmer for 7-8 minutes.  Stir in soy sauce.  If using miso, add at this point and simmer very gently for 3 minutes.  Turn off heat and add grated carrots, grated daikon, mung bean sprouts, and the vinegar or lemon.  You can also add fresh chives, watercress or scallions. This recipe makes a single serving.  You can double or triple the recipe.

*** You can use miso in this recipe instead of soy sauce. Best quality miso is South River Brand available only at Health Food stores in refrigerated section.  It is in a glass jar.  Any of their varieties are good. Their Wild Dandelion Leek Miso is great for spring. You can also purchase South River Miso online at   If the miso is lighter in color, the taste will be milder. 

Next best brand is Miso Master and should be available at any health food store.  It comes refrigerated in a one pound plastic tub.  Do not buy the packaged miso that is not refrigerated.  Miso keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator.  Use rice miso or shiro miso or wild dandelion and leek miso, or red miso.


Miso is low in calories and fat, and is considered a medicinal food with numerous health benefits.  Miso contains lactic acid, bacteria and enzymes which aid digestion and food assimilation. Studies show that those who regularly use miso suffer significantly less from cancer and heart disease.  It contains Amino acids, B12, minerals (including calcium, iron).  Miso helps protect the body against radiation and heavy metal poisoning.  Miso has 25x more genistein (a potent anticancer agent) than unfermented soy foods such as tofu and soymilk; protects cells from free radicals and aging.  The lactobacillus fermentation increases the quantity, availability, digestibility and assimilability of nutrients. 

Miso is effective in reducing chronic pain.  Breaks down and discharges cholesterol, neutralizes the effects of smoking and environmental pollution, alkalizes the blood, prevents radiation sickness, neutralizes the effects of chemicals, medicines, and a poor diet, and strengthens blood quality. Miso contains lactic acid bacteria and enzymes which aid digestion and food assimilation.


Wakame and other Seaweeds are sea plants that contain 10-20x the minerals of land plants and an abundance of vitamins and other elements necessary for metabolism.  They remove radioactive and toxic metal wastes from the body.  Seaweed softens hardened areas and masses in the body. Seaweed detoxifies, transforms phlegm, is a diuretic, removes residues of radiation in the body, acts as a lymphatic cleaner, improves metabolism, alkalizes the blood, and alleviates liver stagnation. 

Seaweeds are beneficial for weight loss and for lowering cholesterol and fat in the blood.  Also have a beneficial effect to the thyroid.  Useful in the treatment of nodules, lumps, swollen lymph glands, edema, chronic coughs with phlegm, skin diseases, tumors, cancer and fibroids.

Miso is high protein and contains amino acid patterns similar to meat with a trace of B12; contains lactobacillus which aids digestion and assimilation; creates an alkaline condition in the body and increases resistance to disease; promotes longevity; treats and prevents radiation sickness; treats certain types of heart disease and cancer; neutralizes some of the effects of pollution and smoking.

©Deborah Barr, 2009-16. All rights reserved.



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Deborah Barr, 30-Year Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor/Coach, Speaker, and Author, has helped thousands of clients reverse health and weight issues; achieve emotional harmony, radiant health, passion, peaceful living, work-life balance and lives they love.

She is a former natural foods chef and caterer, and taught hundreds of vegan, macrobiotic, and whole foods cooking classes in the 80's and 90's.  In 1985 she founded Whole Health Resources, the premier Holistic Health Center in Pittsburgh. WHR's mission is to promote the healing and development of body,  mind and spirit; and to teach an understanding of the relationship between diet, attitudes, mind/emotions, lifestyle and wellness.





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