Updated: Oct 31
🥔P O T A S S I U M B R O T H 🥔
STOP ! ! Please do not throw away your potato peelings - instead turn them into a healing broth....I'll tell you how but first read the why...
Half of my household have come down with the flu and to be honest have completely lost their appetite. This tends to be a common feature in these types of illness. It is important during the early stages of infection that you allow your body to rest and if you don't want to eat, take this as a sign that the body is working hard to heal you.
Instead of turning to food at this time, it is a good idea to turn to fluids as your source of nutrition. In my household, whenever any of us is ill, I become busy in the kitchen making up juices, broths and soups which are easy to consume and digest, plus all those lovely vitamins and minerals are easily absorbed and take minimal effort to consume.
Broths have been used for centuries as a promoter of natural healing and this is my favourite potassium broth recipe that I make of the first sign of illness. It is not just rich in potassium, it is actually full of vital vitamins and minerals to support the body, nourish the liver, heart and kidneys and help to offset some of the effects caused by excess inflammation.
Potatoes are one of the foods associated with allergic reactions in individuals with a latex allergy, they are also a member of the nightshade family and might be a concern to some who are sensitive to this group of foods.
Potatoes can also be found to contain quite high pesticide residue, in which case I do recommend either using home grown organic potatoes or purchasing pesticide free or organic potatoes from you local greengrocers. Care should be taken not to eat potatoes that have sprouted or have any green colouration on them caused by solanine build up which is a toxic alkaloid compound that doesn't taste nice and can cause harm to the body.
Drug nutrient interaction:
Due of the high potassium content of this broth please check with you healthcare provider before consuming this recipe if you are on any form of medication.
The following list may cause potassium levels to rise and therefore anyone taking these medications should not use this recipe, consume potassium rich foods or take potassium contain supplements without first consulting a health care provider:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
ACE inhibitors : These drugs treat high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, some chronic kidney diseases, migraines, and scleroderma. People who take ACE inhibitors and also take NSAIDs, potassium-sparing diuretics, or salt substitutes may be particularly vulnerable to hyperkalemia (too much potassium). A rise in potassium from ACE inhibitors may also be more likely in people with poor kidney function and diabetes. ACE inhibitors include (but are not limited to)
Heparin (used for blood clots)
Cyclosporine (used to suppress the immune system)
Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole , called Bactrim or Septra (an antibiotic)
Beta-blockers: Used to treat high blood pressure, glaucoma, migraines
Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)
Now that the caveats have been covered here is the recipe - Which can be adapted to suit the size of your household...
Fill a large pot or slow cooker with a large pot with:
🥔25% Potato Peels
🥕25% Chopped leeks and carrots
🧅25 %White Onions and Garlic 🧄
🥬 25% Dark Greens
🌱 2-3 handfuls of fresh herbs
🧂Add some natural sea salt and pepper to taste.
🌱 Add enough distilled water
to just cover vegetables
🌱 Simmer on very low temperature for 1–4 hours. (or slow cook for 4-6 hours). It is very important that the broth does not boil.
🌱 Strain and drink only the
broth, you can add in some extra fresh herbs if you want
🌱 Make enough for two days, and refrigerate the leftover broth heat gently before use.
NB: Don't discard your potato flesh you can put these to good use by either mashing them, turning them into homemade oven chips, potato wedges or rosti's
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Yours in health