Potassium Broth for Rapid Recovery and Rejuvenation

by Sarah Drinks and Tonics, RecipesComments: 41

potassium broth for fast recovery

After the births of my second and third children, I was fortunate enough to have a number of friends with extensive knowledge of traditional food preparation bring my family meals until I was back on my feet.

In addition to all the fantastic, nutrient dense meals, potassium broth was one of the most helpful tonics these caring friends made sure I had in the refrigerator to help me recover very quickly.

Potassium broth is best sipped warm like tea. It is an incredible rejuvenator and when a tablespoon of liquid whey is stirred into each cup, it assists digestion and absorption of the copious amounts of potassium and other minerals present in the broth.

Potassium broth is not only an excellent present to bring to a dear friend after she’s had a baby, it is also a wonderful tonic for someone who has recently had surgery or suffered an extended illness.

I’m often asked what is the best thing to bring to a relative in the hospital, and without a doubt, homemade soups and Potassium broth in a thermos top the list!  It is easy to load up a small cooler with 3 or or more thermoses for the days’ meals.  Liquids stay warm in a thermos for many hours and I have not found a nurse that objects to a cooler by a patient’s bedside.

One more excellent use for Potassium broth:  it is fantastic for eliminating those leg cramps that women get at night when pregnant. Folks sometimes suffer from these as they get older as well, so a jug of this tonic in the refrigerator for sipping at night before bed is a great home remedy for this problem.

Potassium Broth


4 organic, well scrubbed potatoes

3 organic carrots, peeled and chopped

4 organic celery stalks, chopped

1 bunch organic parsley

4 quarts filtered water

liquid whey


Peel potatoes. Place the potato peelings, carrots and celery in a large pot with the filtered water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add parsley and simmer for 5 more minutes.

Cool and strain the finished potassium broth into glass containers in the refrigerator, reheating small amounts as needed.  Add 1 TBL whey to each cup for a big boost to mineral assimilation.

Potassium broth freezes beautifully, so freeze what you will not use in about one week.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


Sources and More Information

Nourishing Traditions Cookbook

Kitchari Healing, Fasting, and Nourishing Ayurvedic Porridge

Comments (41)

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  • Dan Crandall

    A question: I’ve just made a potassium broth, including beets & their greens. I’m going to drink the broth, but isn’t it ok to go ahead and use the leftover vegetables somehow, like in a veggie smoothie or whatever? Or, are most of the nutrients now gone out into the broth, so the solids are relatively worthless??? I’m doing this a part of a liver detox.

    October 7th, 2013 4:50 pm Reply
  • Jeff

    Thanks for the article, Sarah. I have some raw liquid whey in my fridge, but it’s been there for some time. How long is it safe to have whey in the fridge before it goes bad? Thanks very much!


    August 22nd, 2013 11:29 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      About 6 months.

      August 22nd, 2013 11:41 am Reply
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  • colette

    Great recipe, could i use this daily to replace 250ml of coconut water for potassium or should i also keep taking it, im pregnant

    March 25th, 2013 2:23 pm Reply
  • Susan

    I’m about to make this for a friend of my son’s who just had their first baby. Is it possible to substitute chard stems for the celery and get the same results? Or equivalent results. My potassium is down due to diuretics so I am on a potassium pill but I’d rather do this~

    September 11th, 2012 2:08 pm Reply
  • Jeanie

    Just for clarification:
    4 quarts of water?
    I just made some and it taste very watery. Is that normal?
    Is the broth suppose to be whitish? Because mine is not, mostly clear and greenish tinge.
    Can I add salt?

    Thanks so much, enjoy so much of your recipes!

    June 26th, 2012 4:14 pm Reply
  • Andrea Blackshear

    This is great! I wish I had this recipe after my last birth. One thing I might add; if the mother is nursing she should be careful about consuming steady amounts of parsley as it can reduce the milk supply by A LOT!

    April 19th, 2012 10:01 am Reply
  • Mary

    I just discovered your blog after reading about it in my recent copy of Wise Traditions. I love your blog!!!

    I am going to make your potassium broth but I have one question. Because of the parsley, does the broth contain a lot of oxalates? I don’t want to do anything to cause kidney stones.

    Thank you so much for your help!



    July 7th, 2011 11:06 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Mary, yes there are some oxalates in the broth. But on occasion this is fine. The broth is for recovery and rejuvenation such as after childbirth to replenish electrolytes and not meant to be an everyday thing.

      July 8th, 2011 10:39 am Reply
    • Andrea Blackshear

      Parsley is one of the herbs suggested for eliminating kidney stones and is used in many kidney healing formulas.

      April 19th, 2012 10:03 am Reply
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  • Drea

    This looks like a great recipe! You might want to be careful about using parsley for new mothers. Parsley is an herb used for helping to dry up milk supply!! I’ve never had milk supply issues so I’m sure I could tolerate it just fine, but if there is a mom whose milk isn’t coming in then it might be best to leave out the parsley! Thanks Sarah!

    March 22nd, 2011 5:13 pm Reply
  • Shannan

    Thanks for sharing! Is there anything else you know of that is good during and after giving birth?

    March 12th, 2011 3:14 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I drank about a quart of kombucha after giving birth to my kids. Very rehydrating!!! :)

      March 12th, 2011 3:48 pm Reply
  • Shannan

    Do you have to use whey? If you do use whey, can you add it to the broth and then freeze… If you’re making it ahead of time??

    March 11th, 2011 5:33 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Shannon, the whey is optional but does give mineral absorption a nice boost. You can add the whey and then freeze no problem.

      March 12th, 2011 10:01 am Reply
      • Shannan

        Is there anything you could add instead of the whey for that mineral boost??

        March 13th, 2011 11:32 pm Reply
  • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    This broth should be fine on GAPS as you are not consuming the starch portion of the potato. Yes, this broth would be wonderful for someone recovering from a hospital ordeal.

    March 11th, 2011 4:55 pm Reply
  • Cara

    I second the legal question of potato for the GAPS diet 😉 I will pass this on to my niece whose husband had a nasty small and large intestine tear in the hospital last month (almost died!). He is home after 24 days. She made smoothies for him to replace the “Ensure” (yuck!) drink recommended when he was able to eat once again. Wonder if this could help him too?!

    March 11th, 2011 4:23 pm Reply
  • Crystal – Prenatal Coach

    This is great Sarah! Thank you, I’m going to share it with my FB page of pregnant mamas :)

    March 11th, 2011 12:55 pm Reply
  • Lovelyn

    Thanks for this recipe. I’d never heard of potassium broth before. I’m going to have to try it.

    March 11th, 2011 1:39 pm Reply
  • Julie

    I notice no salt added–is there a reason it is omitted? I like the sound of this broth–

    March 11th, 2011 11:30 am Reply
  • MKR

    I’m on a GAPS diet now and can’t have starch, and also like KC I’m nightshade sensitive. Therefore, the potato peelings are of concern to me. Should I leave them out if I make the broth? Or are they pretty much the whole point of the broth?

    March 11th, 2011 11:29 am Reply
  • Sarah Smith

    Ah, this is another one of the many recipes I’ve never gotten around to trying from Nourishing Traditions (there are so just many). I’ll have to give it a try.

    One other thing that also helped me recover after childbirth was eating liver. Unfortunately, we don’t eat liver very often in our house as my husband finds it unpalatable, but after having both of my kids I really needed some! My mom made us fried chicken livers, mmm. It was especially good for me as I have been a bit anemic after both of my births.

    March 11th, 2011 9:20 am Reply
  • Shannon

    This is such a great post. A must add to my postpartum hand outs. Now if I could just teach ’em all to make whey…I’ll have to link your video somehow. Thanks!!

    March 11th, 2011 3:50 am Reply
  • Stephanie

    Thanks for sharing! I have never heard of this before. I can’t wait to be pregnant again and try this. How lucky are you to have friends who bring you this broth instead of pizza from Costco (that was literally something a friend brought me during my post partum meal deliveries!)

    March 10th, 2011 11:24 pm Reply
  • Super Amazing Savings

    My best friend is expecting in 3 months. I’m going to share this with her. Thanks!

    March 10th, 2011 10:51 pm Reply
  • Anjanette

    Doesn’t parsley reduce lactation??

    And would you recommend this over a bone broth?

    March 10th, 2011 7:02 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Anjanette, no this is not recommended over a bone broth. It is a tonic rather than an epicurean food creation like a soup. This is a remedy to assist recovery.

      March 10th, 2011 7:29 pm Reply
      • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

        I never experienced any issue with lactation drinking this broth after birth. You are not actually eating the parsley anyway, it is simply contributing minerals to the broth per the recipe.

        March 10th, 2011 7:34 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Wait, JUST the potato peelings, but not the rest of the potatoes?

    March 10th, 2011 5:45 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Yes, just the peelings as putting the whole potato in the water would bring hemagglutinins into the water that disrupt red blood cell function. This is why it isn’t good to ever eat a potato raw.

      March 10th, 2011 6:04 pm Reply
  • WordVixen

    I already add carrots to my chicken stock (for the last hour or two) and celery when I have it. In theory, if I saved up my potato peels like I do my carrot ends for broth, that would turn my chicken stock into a potassium broth as well, right?

    BTW, when I saw the post title in my feed reader, I read it as Possum Broth, which didn’t surprise me a whole lot given the interesting things that I see in the Real Food community. :-)

    March 10th, 2011 5:13 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Ha, ha! Possum broth! How funny is that? :)

      March 10th, 2011 6:05 pm Reply
  • KC

    I’m nightshade sensitive. What might replace the potato? This would also be great for people on diuretics that deplete potassium…

    March 10th, 2011 5:02 pm Reply
  • Cindy (FarmgirlCyn)

    I could have used this recipe last week! Our dear friends from Maple Valley Farms (an off-grid farm in Coral, MI) were extremely ill with the H1N1 flu, with the mom, Angie, having to be hospitalized for 4 days. She had passed out in the parking lot of the Dr. office, and was taken by ambulance to the hospital…incoherent, unable to even sign her own name….
    Her potassium levels were VERY low, as well as her electrolytes being off. She is a NT chapter leader, so she and her family have been eating very healthy for quite a while. All 6 of her children, ages 17 down to 2 were infected. This has really thrown them for a loop. I will definitely copy this recipe for further reference….

    March 10th, 2011 5:01 pm Reply
  • MAS

    Sounds like it would be an excellent thing to have after weight lifting. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks.

    March 10th, 2011 4:32 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      YES! Would be great as a mineral replenisher after a strenuous workout.

      March 10th, 2011 4:48 pm Reply
    • Ariel

      You could also add these vegetables to a partially completed gelatin stock, for protein and even more minerals.

      November 13th, 2011 11:55 am Reply

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