Bone Broth is a powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients that can heal and nourish the body from the inside, and drinking a glass every day will help the body fight conditions such as inflammation, leaky gut, joint pain, immune disorders and candida. Known as the magic elixir, bone broth was a common dish just a few decades ago and was used as a stock to add flavor to soups and sauces. Now it has been replaced with small, foil-wrapped stock boullion cubes that simulate the taste of meat and contain none of the nutrients found in real broth such as collagen, gelatin, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium to name just a few.
Most people are familiar with the custom of preparing chicken soup for those suffering from colds and flu, and when prepared properly it is much more than a simple comfort food. Boiling animal bones for a long period of time will release nutrients such as bone marrow and glycine, and these boost the immune system and help the body fend off any invading viruses and bacteria. Bone broth can also help you reverse the signs of aging as the high level of collagen will transform your skin, hair and nails and make you look radiant and healthy without the need for expensive creams and face peels. It can also be prepared with only a few dollars, and it is a cheap and delicious way to flood your body with vital nutrients that will help your body detox and start repairing damaged tissue.
Repair Your Digestive System
Bone broth contains gelatin which performs a ‘patch and repair’ service on a leaky gut. Gut hyperpermeability, or leaky gut, refers to a condition where holes begin to appear in the intestinal lining which allows small food particles to pass through and enter the blood stream. The body will then begin to attack these food particles and over time this condition can lead to an autoimmune disease. Gelatin can also help the body to digest certain problem foods such as milk, wheat, red meat and beans. Leaky gut is becoming more and more common and is a common symptom of IBS and Chron’s disease. Many people attribute the rise to lifestyle factors such as increased stress, consuming refined grains and sugars, and long-term use of oral contraceptives. Other research suggests that it could be down to bacterial overgrowth such as candida, which causes inflammation in the intestinal lining.
Provide Relief from Joint Pain and Inflammation
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are molecules that are essential for healthy bones, joints and ligaments. They are part of the same family as collagen, and stimulate cells known as fibroblasts which will then transfer collagen into the joints, tendons and ligaments allowing them to work smoothly without pain and inflammation. Cooking the bones for at least 24 hours will allow them to release calcium, which your body can use to strengthen your bones and fight the onset of diseases such as osteoarthritis. Using a slow cooker to prepare the broth is easiest, as you can leave them to cook untended for long periods.
Boost the Immune System
Gylcine and proline are two amino acids that are responsible for healing wounds in the body and connective tissue function. Both of these amino acids suppress inflammatory activity within the body, allowing the immune system to return to its normal activity. Glycine is also responsible for many other important functions within the body such as aiding digestion, maintaining the nervous system and increasing mental alertness.
Cleanse the Liver
Our livers are under constant assault from toxins in our food and drink and even the very air we breathe. All of these chemicals find their way into the blood stream where it is the job of the liver to cleanse the blood of these toxins and expel them out of the body as waste. The liver’s ability to function correctly is influenced by the amount of available glycine, and consuming bone broth will give your liver a much needed helping hand.
Make Your Own Healing Bone Broth
You can use chicken, beef, lamb, ox or fish bones to make your broth, but make sure you source the very best that you can find. It is vital that you use the bones from organic, free-range animals that are fed with 100% grass. As you will be consuming the nutrients and minerals contained within the bones it is essential that they come from healthy animals. Use approximately 2 pounds of bones to one gallon of water, and add a selection of vegetable such as carrots, onions and celery for added vitamins, minerals and flavor. Add your choice of herbs and spices such as garlic, ginger, sea salt, freshly ground peppercorns and a bunch of chopped parsley. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and cook slowly in a crock pot for 24 – 48 hours. The vinegar helps to leach the minerals from the bones into your broth. You can use the broth as an ingredient in your regular cooking, for making stews, soups, or consume one cup of it every day as a substitute for your morning coffee.
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