Digestion Woes & Recipe

Digestion Woes & Recipe

detox digestion recipe soup Oct 31, 2016

Feeling like your digestion is making too much noise? Gurgle. Gurgle.

The last few months I have been working a lot and often that leads to a stressed me. This means my digestion can get out of wack. I know what you might be thinking but Shonda don't you eat "perfectly" all the time and have all your health issues under control?  Not always.  I am human which means I screw up, don't handle my stress always in the best way, and still am working on balancing "stuff" in my own body. In my practice, I teach people how to listen to their body and what to do when they feel out of sorts too.

For me, my energy starts waning and my sleep gets worse and I may even get back to having some brain fog. Stress actually turns off your digestion.  So many of my clients say they have belly bloat even when they do not eat, something that is actually not uncommon for people with digestive issues.

Stress inflames the intestinal lining and disrupts the good balance of bacteria in the gut.  Stress affects so many things and this is just one. 

This is what happened to me. It was time to restore and rebuild on the quick.

Feel like your digestion is off?

Feel exhausted for no reason?

Time to rebuild and restore your gut health with this soup.

When I am feeling off, I keep it simple: smoothies, juices, chia pudding, and easy-to-digest blended soups.

So here is a great soup for you to rebalance.

Gut Balancing Soup


  • 1 bunch of broccoli
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1/2 - 1 medium-sized onion
  • 1 large sweet potato or squash (optional)
  • 1 bunch of green leafy veggies such as spinach, chard, collards, kale or dandelion greens
  • herbs, to taste
  • water for steaming


  • If using sweet potato, cut into 1-inch pieces and start steaming 10 minutes before the rest of the vegetables.
  • Steam veggies until tender and place in a blender along with steam water.
  • Add additional water to the soup if too thick.
  • Add a pinch of sea salt  to taste
  • Season to taste with basil, cilantro, or other favorite herbs.

Note: Sweet potatoes and squash give the soup a sweeter flavor.

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(Recipe Adapted by Shonda Holt with permission © Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN, Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology (INE) www.DrRitamarie.com

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