The Beauty of Bone Broth
There’s nothing better than a warm, comforting bowl of soup or broth when you’re feeling a little less than your best self. For thousands of years, soup and broth has been used to nurse us back to health and build up our strength. Chinese medicine and Eastern dietary therapy has sung the praises of a warm, nourishing bowl of broth for millennia. But did you know that you can use broth, and bone broth in particular, to improve your health and boost your energy even when you’re not sick? Read on to find out all the ways a simple bone broth can benefit you!
Why the Craze About Bone Broth?
Bone broth has been around for a long time, but it is all the rage right now – and for good reason! From treating leaky gut to making our skin more lustrous, bone broth has some pretty fantastic health super powers.
It can be tough to get all the nutrients we need from our food these days. Even if we are eating a balanced diet, our lifestyles, medications, and stress can deplete these nutrients. In our Western culture, we also tend to eat “white meat only” chicken, among other things. Our ancestors had to make use of the whole animal and benefitted from the amazing nutrients present in the white and dark meat, connective tissues, and organ meats. Food supply was more limited and they were more connected to their food and where it came from. Today, we lack this balance but can regain it by making use of foods like bone broth.
The bones, marrow, and tendons simmering away in a pot of stock have a different set of amino acids and nutrients available than the standard meat we are used to eating. Adding in bone broth to our diets will help us enjoy a full spectrum of these necessary aminos while balancing out those that are excessive in the meat we typically consume. Not to mention, bone broth provides other useful compounds like gelatin, chondroitin, and collagen which can be hard to come by in a typical diet.
Bone Broth Benefits
1. Heals the gut lining and treats leaky gut
The collagen in bone broth is the perfect “glue” for a leaky gut. It helps to repair the permeable lining and restore the gut to health. Bone broth also supports probiotics and reduces inflammation. This prevents the slew of issues that result from Leaky Gut Syndrome and keeps your digestive system running smooth as ever.
2. Makes you more resilient against food sensitivities and allergies
The same collagen in bone broth that helps seal the gut also helps to fight food allergies and sensitivities. Wheat or dairy issues may be improved with regular use of bone broth, as the lining of the gut will heal and inflammation is reduced.
3. Improves skin and hair quality
We all want beautiful skin and hair, and the answer might be healing our guts and enjoying some bone broth. Collagen and elastin are needed to maintain healthy, bouncy skin and silky hair. Bone broth provides the needed collagen for the skin and hair and can prevent wrinkles, cellulite, dryness, and puffiness. Bone broth is also seen as a yin tonic in Chinese medicine, which will make the skin look youthful and nourished.
4. Improves joint health and helps maintain strong, healthy bones
Both gelatin and collagen are incredibly important when it comes to keeping our bones and joints healthy. These provide cushion, support, and lubrication for the joints so that they can continue to glide smoothly over and over. They also work to keep bones strong by maintaining bone density.
5. Protects and boosts your immune system
Bone broth helps to boost the immune system in a number of ways. First, by helping to heal the gut, our immune system is boosted. A fair amount of our immune system is located in the gut and by supporting the digestive tract, we are inherently maximizing our defense. Secondly, bone broth’s anti-inflammatory effects help to prevent excess immune response and therefore prevents autoimmune issues. Finally, bone broth is excellent at promoting restful sleep which in turn insures that the body will be able to function at its absolute best.
6. Provides a balance of protein amino acids
Our typical diets of muscle meats (chicken breast, steak, etc…) do provide proteins and amino acids. However, they only provide some of the amino acids our bodies need. In fact, these meats are relatively high in an amino acid called methionine which can deplete our glycine stores and cause other health problems. Consuming bone broth will replenish the glycine and provide you with many other amino acids that are harder to find like proline and glutamic acid.
Where Does Bone Broth Fit Into Your Day?
While a nice warm mug of broth might sound yummy and relaxing to some, it might not quite be your cup of tea. The beauty of bone broth is that it can be easily transitioned into your cooking repertoire. Use bone broth anytime you make soups, stews, or sauces. Replace half (or all) of the water with broth when cooking rice or quinoa. View it as a super power ingredient in your kitchen cabinet and make your food your medicine.
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Make Your Own Bone Broth
With all these wonderful benefits, there’s no reason not to start making your very own bone broth at home. Cooking up bone broth is extremely simple and you’ll only need a few supplies and ingredients.
Some things to consider:
- A long cooking time is great to break down vital foods to all for optimal absorption of nutrients.
- Add in as many vegetables to your broth as you like. They provide tons of minerals, vitamins, and flavor.
- Use a heavy-bottomed stock pot to simmer your broth. Skim the excess foam and bits off the top every so often and use a fine-mesh strainer to get the best results.
- Make a big batch and freeze in portions that make sense for your cooking style.
- 3-4 lbs of bones of organic chicken or beef (free range and grass fed when possible)
- 1 Gallon of Water
- 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2-3 Cups of vegetables – Onion, Carrots, Celery among others
… Or Buy Your Broth
For those that are too busy or just prefer not to make your broth, don’t fret! It seems there are more and more products on the market everyday. Check out these products that I trust:
- Ancient Nutrition Collagen Eggshell Multi-Collagen
I love this product because it provides not only great support for the gut and joints, but is also great for the skin as well. This product contains five different types of collagen and 9 grams of protein. It’s easy to take as well – there’s no taste and it easily dissolves into your drinks or meals.
- Bonafide Provisions Organic Broth
This broth powder is made from organic, grass-fed beef which I love. The other benefit of this product is its versatility in cooking. Use it in your sauces, soups, stews, or other culinary creations to not only reap all the amazing benefits of bone broth but to add depth and flavor to your meals.
- Ancient Nutrition Protein Salted Chocolate
For those of you who would like bone broth on the run, this protein bar with bone broth from Dr. Axe will keep you moving and nourished while on the go. Made from a variety of whole food sources, it is full of fiber and protein, while low in sugar and carbs so it is gut-friendly.
There are few foods out there with bone broth’s capacity for healing and nourishment. You don’t need to be in bed with the flu to embrace the power of this healing broth and enjoy the wide range of health benefits it offers. Whether you decide to make your own broth or opt for one of my recommended products, make bone broth a part of your regular diet and enjoy the radiant health it brings.
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