If you’ve had your fill of the juice cleanse and are ready for something completely different, it may be time for you to check out the soup cleanse.

Soupelina’s soup queen herself, Elina Furhman, has released Soupelina’s Soup Cleanse: Plant-Based Soups and Broths to Heal Your Body, Calm Your Mind, and Transform Your Life, which is pretty self-explanatory as well as totally intestinally intriguing.

Elina Fuhrman

When Elina was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, she began a search for healthy eating which has led her to this broth-y point in her life.

“The thing is, I’ve always loved soup, but I’ve never thought of soup as anything more than just food,” Fuhrman told Allure. “I started seeing this traditional Chinese doctor named Dr. Mao. He started telling me about all these different herbs and spices I needed in my diet to be healthy and to nip the problem at its root. He really kind of explained to me how it worked.”

And with that she was on her way. “Slowly, I started researching all these spices and herbs and wondered how I’m going to incorporate them. Soups were the easiest way to start doing that. I realized that simmering vegetables in water and their own juices, and not boiling them, actually creates this chemical reaction that not only digests and prepares the food properly, but heals your gut and your body.”


So why is the soup cleanse the palate-pleasing prescriptive path to take and what can it offer you that juice can’t?

“When you drink juice, there’s no fiber. There’s plenty of nutrients, but for cleanse purposes, fruits like apples and pears will raise your blood sugar levels. And when your blood sugar levels go up, you crash, and then you start craving things. When you eat soups, the nutrients are easy for your body to absorb. You also have tons of fiber and protein because of the combination of vegetables and legumes and spices and herbs. Moreover, it’s warm and its makes you feel fuller.”

The only question now is, tomato, chicken noodle, or a bisque? Perhaps French onion or a mulligatawny?

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(h/t Allure; photo via @elinakfuhrman + Neilson Barnard/ Getty)