You may have heard a new buzz word going around lately- bone broth. It was recently shown on the Today show as well. But what exactly is it and why do I need it?
Bone broth was a staple food in many diets for thousands of years, along with fermented vegetables and cultured dairy. But why is this food all of a sudden becoming a popular trend when it’s something that our great grandmothers would have simmering on a fire on a daily basis? There’s a reason why doctor’s would prescribe warm chicken soup when we are sick. We are finally starting to see that this easy to make food is a valuable source of many nutrients and is also inexpensive to make. But before I explain how it’s made, let’s look at some of the many benefits of this healing food.
Benefits of bone broth
- immune system booster- bone broth is one of the best foods to consume when restoring your gut health which in turn supports a healthy immune system function. It has collagen, gelatin, the amino acids proline, glutamine and arginine which seal the opening in the gut lining. 80% of our immune system is found in our gut so reducing inflammation will allow the immune system to stop being hyperactive and will stop the high levels of antibodies that your immune system is sending out which will give your body a chance to heal.
- improves joint health- it is one of the best sources of natural collagen and gelatin which helps with joint flexibility and rebuilding cartilage which is something we naturally lose as we age
- heals leaky gut- gelatin helps restore the gut lining, reduces inflammation and helps grow the probiotics naturally found in our intestines
- helps heal food sensitivities- because the gelatin helps restore and repair our gut lining, it will reduce food sensitivities. Since this broth is easily digested and soothing, it will help those with digestive imbalances receive a good dose of nutrients that are easily absorbed
- maintains healthy skin- collagen helps form the elastin in our skin which is what maintains our youthful appearance. Some people report less wrinkles, better skin texture, less puffiness, and a decrease in cellulite
- assists detoxfication- we are exposed to a large amount of toxins on a regular basis, whether it be environmental, artificial ingredients, unhealthy diet, or chemicals. Our bodies generally do a sufficient job of ridding ourselves of these toxins, but sometimes it has a hard time keeping up with the amount of toxins we are exposed to. Bone broth helps detoxification by promoting the liver’s ability to process toxins, helps expel waste in our digestive system and has potassium and glycine which promote cellular detoxification. Bone broth can even promote healthy sleep, boost energy during the day and support a healthy mood.
How to use broth
Some people use it as a base for their soups and stews. It can also be consumed by itself as a warm drink or added to a stir fry or vegetables. It doesn’t really matter how you consume it as long as you try to add it to your diet on a regular basis. I recommend eight ounces a day, and for those who are ill, you can consume it twice a day.
bones, preferably grass fed (beef, chicken, fish, etc)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or any vinegar you have on hand)
Add all ingredients to a large crock pot, the more bones you can add the better it will be. Fill with water till bones are covered. Add in the vinegar. Set it on low and cook for at least 6 hours. It can go up to 48 hours for the most benefits. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool. Strain the broth or pull the bones out. Cool the broth and then cover it and keep it in the refrigerator for up to one week or you can freeze it for three months.
For extra flavor, you can add in vegetables like carrots, onion, celery, garlic, etc while it’s cooking and some salt and pepper to taste.
Homemade broth alternatives
For those that don’t have the time to make the broth or need something made quickly, there are a few options. It is always best to have it fresh and made from scratch to receive the most benefits but these options are great as well.
Pacific makes a great organic bone broth that you can simply heat up on the stove for a few minutes and consume immediately. It can be found here or at your local health food store.
Another great option is a bone broth protein powder by Ancient Nutrition. It has the wonderful benefits of collagen in a powder form and is sugar free, gmo free and has no artificial ingredients. Just add it to your favorite dairy free milk, juice or water. If you’re not a fan of vanilla flavor, they also have chocolate and a turmeric version which will also help with inflammation.
Bone broth has a different taste compared to regular store bought chicken stocks and broths. Adding in vegetables and seasonings while cooking will help improve the flavor.
Chicken soup is not only good for the soul, it’s great for our bodies as well. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Do you like bone broth? What do you add to yours for flavor? Have you seen benefits from bone both? Please share your experience with others!
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