Henry Bieler was a prominent American physician born in the late 1800’s and practiced medicine well into the mid 1900’s. He is best known for his book Food is Your Best Medicine, which advocated for the treatment of disease with foods (music to my ears, of course!).
He was considered a pioneer in alternative medicine and used non-pharmaceutical, diet-based therapies to treat various diseases including asthma, diabetes, and cancer.
His recipe for Bieler Broth is found in one of my favorite cookbooks: Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions. Sally includes this recipe in her Tonic section because it nourishes and energizes.
Bieler recommended this broth for energy and overall health. He believed this particular combination of vegetables helped to restore the acid-alkaline and sodium-potassium balance to our organs and glands, especially our adrenal glands. Our adrenals often get exhausted from stress. He believed this recipe helped those suffering from back pain and ligament issues, conditions often associated with stress.
I am sharing this recipe with you because I find it very nourishing; because it is an easy recipe; and because I am committed to keeping your immune system robust during these cold winter months!
Try this recipe and let me know your thoughts!
-makes 2 quarts
4 medium squash (zucchini, yellow, or summer) – rinsed, ends removed, sliced
1 pound string beans – rinsed and ends removed
2 sticks of celery – rinsed and chopped
2 bunches of parsley – rinsed and stems removed
Fresh herbs – thyme and/or tarragon tied together with string
1 quart of water
Place water, vegetables and herbs in pot. Bring to a boil, skim, lower heat and simmer, covered, for about 1/2 hour. Remove herbs. Vegetables may be eaten whole with cooking water or blended into a thick soup.
**Please use organic when possible.
**I prefer to blend the soup. I add lots of different herbs. Often I add in garlic. I have seen many variations of this broth/soup so there is much room for creativity.
Cheers to your health and wellness!
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