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Energy fuels healing. The ability to turn what we eat and drink into energy is the key to getting well. However, often with serious diagnoses, the digestion has long been compromised by chronic over-eating, eating while stressed, acid blockers, chemo, radiation, surgery or other medical intervention or illness. SO we need to provide nutrients in a usable form taking into account that digestion is NOT working. This is job #1 and step #1 to getting well.
This drink is ‘easy-on-digestion nutrition’ (unlike protein powder shakes, or canned drinks). It also provides ingredients to aid digestion, and no cooking is needed. So it’s easy to make for people who are too fatigued for kitchen activities. You can choose the ingredients according to your blood type, taste, or availability.
In a quart container put
- Something tart: 2-3 Tblsp Apple Cider Vinegar, OR, 1/2 – 1 cup Kombucha tea, OR, 1/2 c whey, OR, 3-4 Tblsp lemon juice or cranberry juice or pickle juice. A nice addition for inflamed guts is Aloe Juice (#1680-4) which also provides the low pH (start with these suggestions then add more or less according to taste). The sours are digestive aides in that they provide a low pH so the bile will come down and emulsify fats. You can substitute other tart (acidic) liquids here. (My personal favorite is Green Tea Kombucha and plum juice with beef broth (see below).) With serious derangements you can incorporate Hydrochloric Acid therapy with this drink by adding several drops according to the % concentration you have.
- Veggies, cooked and liquefied and strained: The easiest is 1/4-1/2 cup V8 juice (or more, can also use the ‘Spicy’ V8), Cabbage juice if there are suspected ulcers (see below). There are many savory veggie soups on the market in quart aseptic boxes. Or cook down your fav veggies, puree them with a blender stick and strain so you are essentially drinking the soup (plus cooking water which contains the minerals). V8 is an easy starter as is baby food (organic) or pureed veggie soups. NO raw foods or juicing with inflamed or damaged guts. NO protein powders, no meal replacements from cans.
- Meat stock, 3/4-1 cup of (chicken, beef, turkey, fish) or more. The real meat stocks are NOT ‘meat flavored’ nor bouillon, and can be obtained in the quart-sized aseptic cartons at most food stores, including Kroger and Trader Joe’s. This cooked liquefied protein is needed to repair the mucosa along the small intestine walls where your food is actually absorbed. Meat stock is well known for its therapeutic properties.
- Salt, 1/4-1/2 tsp NoSalt (Potassium Chloride). Don’t leave out the salt. If you have swellings then potassium chloride (No-Salt) will transport debris to the working kidneys. If you are chronically constipated you can add 1/4 teaspoon of Epsom Salts and adjust up or down according to your results. Keep in mind this is sipped on so you don’t need to be concerned about getting too much Epsom Salts at once (provoking diarrhea in some people). You can also use other therapeutic salts.
- Stir and fill to quart level with water (or teas made separately from herbs or teabags). Note: If you have ascites (from liver damage) or other accumulating fluids/swellings that need to be drained from the body due to chemo/radiation damage, then don’t add extra water unless the drink is too strong.
Other therapeutic additives
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger is a wonderful activator for digestion and a great aide in cases of nausea and intestinal cramping. If you know you have ulcers then cayenne or red pepper will be helpful (which is in the Spicy V8). Other powdered spices may be added including garlic, cumin or curry. See the I’m Getting Sick post for spice recommendations for your blood type.
Cabbage juice (or vitamin U) is a well known gut corrector and may be added to your drink BUT because of its smell you may want to keep your drink lidded. You can use this in place of or in addition to the V8.
If there is a lot of intestinal inflammation add Slippery Elm powder (#1391-2) to soothe and rebuild the mucosa. Add 3 tablespoons per quart.
If you are adding supplements to this broth recipe because you cannot swallow them, read the Creative Dosing page for how-to’s.
This can be drunk at room temp, warmed or chilled. In serious digestive derangements this should be heated to a comfortable drinking temperature. If you have chemo/radiation gut or any inflamed bowel condition drink as much as is comfortable. If you ‘can’t keep anything down’ then sip enough through a straw to just hold it in your mouth. Some will drizzle down and give nourishment enough to heal. Stay on this until your energy abounds. Try to drink 2 quarts a day.
Consider this…..I have learned more from very sick people than I have from double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over studies. My sick clients taught me how to get them well - things that even my teachers didn't know. I have such smart clients.
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