What is Bone Broth and Why Should I Be Drinking it?

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Bone broth. Not exactly the most tempting two words in the English language. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like, though more delicious than you might expect. There’s a reason why it’s such a big trend in health circles right now — this simple brew has benefits for your muscles, your metabolism, your digestion, your immune system and more.

Keep reading to learn how bone boiling the bones of beef, bison, lamb, chicken, turkey or even fish can boost your health and enhance the flavor of your cooking. We’ve even got a simple recipe for how to make it that you can print and share.

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What are the Benefits of Bone Broth?

Wellness Mama sings the praises of bone broth: “[it] is an excellent source of minerals and is known to boost the immune system (chicken soup when you are sick anyone?) and improve digestion. Its high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content make it great for bone and tooth health. Bone broth also supports joints, hair, skin, and nails due to its high collagen content. In fact, some even suggest that it helps eliminate cellulite as it supports smooth connective tissue. Those are some pretty impressive credentials for a simple broth, but it makes sense that collecting the minerals and other nutrition directly from bones would have such a positive impact on the body. Aside from their high mineral content, bones are almost 50% protein by volume and protein is responsible for driving your metabolism and immune system, and encouraging muscle health.

Bone broth is a healthy addition to your diet whether you’re in need of a healing elixir or are just always looking to add more nutrition to an already healthy routine. Modern western life and eating habits can lead to gut problems that can make life uncomfortable (or worse), which likely puts many people into the first category these days.

The GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet is a healing protocol that includes bone broth and is designed to overhaul your gut health so as to treat numerous health concerns. If you want to learn more about it, Jenny at Nourished Kitchen has a whole post on it, here and she even has a new book on broth if you’re looking to dive right into the deep end of the stock pot.

She explains why bone broth is such an important part of the GAPS diet: “Bone broths are extraordinarily rich in protein, and can be a source of minerals as well. Glycine supports the bodies detoxification process and is used in the synthesis of hemoglobin, bile salts and other naturally-occurring chemicals within the body. Glycine also supports digestion and the secretion of gastric acids. Proline, especially when paired with vitamin C, supports good skin health. Bone broths are also rich in gelatin which may support skin health. Gelatin also supports digestive health which is why it plays a critical role in the GAPS diet.

Suffice it to say that bone broth alone or as part of a comprehensive diet plan is a great way to heal your gut.

Amazing to think that a cup of broth can turn your gut health around so completely. The protein also has an anti-inflammatory effect on your body, which can help to reduce pain and swelling. According to HealthAmbition.com, “the gelatin in bone broth helps soothe the [digestive] tract and even potentially help its lining to heal.”

In addition to protein and important minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous mentioned above, bone broth also contains healthy fats, which are essential to your brain and heart.

Let’s talk a little more about how the glycine in bone broth can help with detoxification. No, we aren’t suggesting that you live on bone broth alone for days at a time in some kind of crazy cleanse. This is about supporting your liver. The folks at PaleoLeap explain: Glycine also helps in detoxification – the actually meaningful kind, not the ridiculous nonsense about unspecified “toxins” and the necessity of removing them by embarking on long fasts or juice cleanses. None of those special cleanses are necessary, because your body has its own detox system: your liver. Glycine gives the liver a hand up in removing anything dangerous from the body – for example, in one rat study, rats fed glycine showed significant improvements in recovery from alcohol-induced fatty liver disease compared to rats that weren’t.

It’s like that Beatles song, the liver gets by with a little help from its friends. In this case, bone broth is your liver’s BFF.

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How to Use Bone Broth

Bone broth can be a rich and nourishing base for soups or stews.It can be used to flavor a stir-fry, a sauce or to baste meats. Some people even use it to steam vegetables so that they take on the flavor of the broth. It can also be enjoyed by the mugful. For breakfast or as a snack or comforting drink, heat up a cup of bone broth and season it with salt, pepper, garlic or whatever floats your boat. We like to add a little Perfect Press® Coriander Oil to ours before we drink it. The flavors combine beautifully, plus studies have suggested that coriander helps the body use healthy fats better.

Bone broth is a satisfying option that’s cheap to make and easy to experiment with. We’ve developed a simple recipe to get you started — check it out below. You can store your broth in the fridge for a week or so, or you can freeze it for later use. Some people use single serving sized containers for freezing. Another handy trick is freezing broth in ice cube trays, which makes it easy to use in recipes.  

So, maybe instead of a coffee in the morning, you could start your day off with a delicious cup of hot broth. Maybe it’s the base for the soup you’ll make for dinner tonight. However you decide to use it, know that you’re taking a step towards better health, and you’re letting your food be your medicine.

Resources:

http://wellnessmama.com/5888/how-to-make-bone-broth/
http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/cooking-ideas/8-reasons-try-bone-broth
http://paleoleap.com/eat-this-bone-broth/
http://nourishedkitchen.com/bone-broth/
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=348
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/minerals/minerals.html

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