Heal Your Body with Detoxifying Turmeric Miso Soup

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Justin Lam, ABAAHP, FMNM

Healthy turmeric miso soupTurmeric is an amazing spice that imparts a lovely golden color and great flavor to whatever it is cooked with. However, the benefit of this miracle spice is not limited to just this. Turmeric offers immense health benefits, thus better than many conventional medicines. The profound therapeutic properties of turmeric make this spice the key ingredient in the preparation of many herbal medicines. In Ayurveda, turmeric holds a key position due to its versatile healing properties. The spice has also been used for detoxification since the ancient times. Detoxifying turmeric miso soup is loaded with the goodness of turmeric and other spices which can help to effectively cleanse your system and gently flush out toxins for optimal health.

The presence of a compound known as curcumin in turmeric causes its bright yellow color and incredible restorative properties. Further, the yellow spice is extremely rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which can help fight fatigue.

Experiencing extreme fatigue along with symptoms of insomnia, difficulty in waking up, low energy levels, brain fog, decreased concentration levels, and anxiety can be signs of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS). When your body experiences stress, the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response sends signals to your adrenal glands which then start secreting anti-stress hormone cortisol. Consistent stress prompts your adrenals to secrete more hormones, leaving them overburdened. As the hormone secretion capacity of the adrenal glands reduces, your body finds it difficult to deal with stress leaving you feeling fatigued.

People with adrenal fatigue often experience depression, low energy levels, weak immunity, inflammation, and poor liver function. Taking turmeric can help boost mood, energy levels, and immune function, fight inflammation, and improve liver function. According to laboratory studies, curcumin in turmeric can help manage mild depression in those with depressive disorder issues. Further, studies indicate that curcumin can help correct depression symptoms in animals.

Internal Detoxification For Healthy Adrenals

Detoxing with turmeric miso soupEvery day your body is exposed to various toxins from food, water, and air. Gradually, these toxins accumulate in the body hampering the smooth functioning of various organs. Toxin overload can trigger AFS and also retard the recovery process. In adrenal fatigue, nutritious food is essential to nourish the body and replenish the body’s energy reserves. However, too many toxins in the body can interfere with your metabolism and impede proper nutrient absorption, ultimately hampering the recovery process.

Reducing exposure to toxins and internal detoxification is the ultimate key to optimal health. Hence, detoxification is important for a successful adrenal recovery process. It helps to eliminate built-up harmful substances from your body for the smooth functioning of organs. Your kidneys, liver, intestines, and skin are an integral part of the detoxification process.

Why The Right Detoxification Is Crucial In Adrenal Fatigue Recovery

Body detoxification involves cleansing the blood, lungs, kidneys, liver, and bowels.

However, in adrenal fatigue, extreme detoxification should be avoided. An aggressive detox program results in the sudden release of excess toxins from the body. To keep your body in good health, these toxins need to be eliminated on a regular basis. But as the body is weak in adrenal fatigue, it is not in a state to cope with the excess toxins.

Therefore, any aggressive detoxification is not recommended for adrenal fatigue. An extreme body detox can cause unpleasant side effects and additional stress which can further lead to adrenal crashes. In such cases, a mild internal detox is more effective as it helps to gently eliminate the toxins without causing any further stress on your body.

The liver plays a major role in reducing and eliminating most of the toxins from your body. Hence optimal liver functioning is essential for your health. Symptoms of liver dysfunction include headaches, joint pain, depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Turmeric is known to flush out toxin deposits and cleanse the entire system gently. Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to secrete bile juice which in turn supports healthy liver functioning, essential for removing harmful compounds from the body.

For centuries, turmeric has been used for detoxification. Loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, this incredibly healing spice has been effective in providing relief from various health ailments such as colds, sore throats, depression, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and other problems related to inflammation. Turmeric also has few if any side effects, making it a good alternative to many conventional medicines which otherwise cause adverse side effects.

Detoxification With Turmeric

Turmeric is an integral part of Indian cuisine. The spice is added to curries, stir-fries, soups, and desserts. A dash of turmeric instantly imparts a golden color and enhances flavor, taking your recipe to a whole new level. You also get to reap an array of health benefits from this lovely yellow spice. The spice also acts as a great detoxifying agent and cleanses toxins from your body.

If you are looking for a turmeric detox recipe, then consider making delicious turmeric miso soup which is nutritious, healing, and rejuvenating. Miso is a classic comfort food, and this soothing soup has a balance of flavors which will leave you craving more. It is spicy, sweet, and tangy.

A turmeric miso soup that is healthy for youThis turmeric miso soup recipe is loaded with the goodness of turmeric, ginger, shredded vegetables, tofu, and pepper. It has garlic and other beneficial ingredients. The best part of this soup is that it is both simple and versatile at the same time. You can add vegetables of your choice, such as mushrooms, to make your own variations.

Fresh ginger, garlic, and green chili are first sautéed before adding shredded vegetables and tofu. Both turmeric and ginger help fight inflammation. The blend of soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, pepper, and miso adds a great burst of flavor to this dish. Besides detoxifying your body, a bowl of this healing turmeric miso soup helps fight colds, flu, inflammation, sore throats, and gives you a great boost of energy.
If you are looking to make a soy-free version of this recipe, consider replacing the tofu with chickpeas, and the soy sauce and miso with chickpea miso.

Detoxifying Turmeric Miso Soup


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ inch fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 green chili, sliced
  • ¾ cup shredded carrots
  • ¾ cup bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • Shredded vegetables of your choice such as cabbage, broccoli, etc. (optional)
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ cup firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 to 3.5 cups water
  • 1 tbsp white miso
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Scallions
  • Ground pepper for garnish


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat sauté olive oil, garlic, ginger, and chili for about 3 min until they are translucent.
  2. Next, toss in the shredded carrots, bell pepper, other veggies, and turmeric, and sauté for a while before adding in tofu. Sauté for another minute.
  3. Now, stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and the water. Bring to a boil and simmer for few minutes. Switch off the heat before stirring in miso. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Garnish with scallions and any addition pepper you may want, and enjoy turmeric miso soup warm.


Dieting with turmeric miso soup and feeling greatTurmeric, with its immense therapeutic properties, beats medication in many cases. Curcumin, the major compound in turmeric is responsible for these restorative properties. There are good reasons for including the potent yellow spice in the preparation of herbal medicines.

There are incredible health benefits to including turmeric in your diet, and it can especially help with fatigue. Detoxification is essential for optimal health. Those with adrenal fatigue should consider mild detox plans as they tend to have more fragile systems.

Turmeric is a great detoxifying agent as it gently flushes out toxins from the body without causing any side effects. Turmeric soothes inflammation, enhances bile secretion, enhances healthy blood circulation, kills harmful bacteria in the body, boosts liver function for efficient toxin elimination from the body, and cleanses the entire system. Detoxifying turmeric miso soup contains a blend of healing spices, tofu, and vegetables which helps fight inflammation, detoxifies, and nourishes your body.

© Copyright 2018 Michael Lam, M.D. All Rights Reserved.

Dr. Lam’s Key Question

Turmeric miso soup contains turmeric, vegetables, and tofu along with a blend of healthy spices such as ginger, pepper, garlic, and chili. Turmeric is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and has immense health benefits. It works as a great detox agent and provides relief from inflammation, depression, indigestion, and insomnia. Ginger, pepper, garlic, and chili helps fight colds. Tofu and vegetables are rich in nutrients that nourish the body.

Turmeric Miso Soup