Bone broth is not a new trend or fad. It is something that has been used for hundreds of years, people are just now uncovering the benefits. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can consume. The bone broth benefits range from gut health to clearer skin. It is filled with amino acids, collagen and is full of many vitamins and minerals, and is a great way to kick start your digestion and heal many health concerns.

BONUS RECIPE after the benefits.


5 Bone Broth Benefits

1. Improves and Supports Digestion

Bone broth is a great source of collagen which is the protein that lines and creates the GI tract. It can be used to heal leaky gut, IBS, Crohn’s disease and many other gut imbalances. It is able to strengthen the membranes that cover the gut lining stopping food from breaking through and entering the blood stream. You have heard me talk before about the importance of a healthy gut and this is such an easy source of nutrients to help your digestive system. You can find it at any natural foods store and you can also make it yourself. 

2. Supports Glowing Skin

Collagen is not only good for the gut, but it is good for your skin! It helps with elasticity, and it increases hydration and reduces the lines from the natural aging process. If you want to keep your youthful glow, then adding bone broth to your diet is a great way to go. Simply heat some up in a mug and sip it in the morning, afternoon or before bed. Make this a part of your daily or weekly routine and you will see the benefits over time. 

3. Immune Booster

Another bone broth benefit is that it naturally boosts the immune system. How? Well, it continues to go back to the importance of gut health, it boosts the good bacteria that is needed in the gut to maintain a healthy balance. It helps regulate inflammation and fight those unwanted symptoms that come with many viruses. Getting sick is inevitable, so why not do all the little steps to strengthen your defense against unwanted colds.

4. Improves Sleep

Another good reason to add bone broth to your diet and drink it before bed is that it improves your sleep! We spend half of our days in bed and sleep is incredible important to our overall health. The amino acids that are found in bone broth help aid in those sleepy time hormones. Bone broth has been found to help people sleep better, lower anxiety and calm the mind. Bone broth is also full of electrolytes which can help with restlessness, headaches, and muscle pains. 

5. Natural Detox

Consuming bone broth is an easy way to naturally detox your body. It contains an antioxidant called glutathione that is one of the bodies most powerful detoxifiers. It supports the livers ability to flush out toxins and chemicals and unwanted hormones that can get stuck in the body. The health of the liver is very important to the body, and regularly detoxing it will increase your overall health. 

 

 

*BONUS RECIPE*

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs beef bones from a healthy source
1 gallons water
2 TBS apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP salt

Optional ingredients to enhance the flavor:
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 bunch parsley
1 tsp peppercorns
2 cloves garlic

INSTRUCTIONS

Roasting the bones first enhances the depth of flavor in the broth. Use a roasting pan and roast for 30-45 minutes at 350°F.

Place the bones in a large stock pot and pour cool filtered water and the vinegar over the bones. Let sit for 20-30 minutes in the cool water.
The acid helps make the nutrients in the bones more available.
Add the optional ingredients now and bring the broth to a boil. Once it has reached a vigorous boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer for a total of 8 hours.
Remove the impurities that float to the surface. A frothy/foamy layer will form and it can be easily scooped off with a big spoon. Throw this part away. Check it every 20 minutes for the first 2 hours to remove this. Grass-fed and healthy animals produce far less impurities from traditionally raised.
During the last 30 minutes, add the garlic and parsley, if using.
Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Strain using a fine metal strainer to remove all the bits of bone and vegetable. When cool enough, store in a gallon size glass jar in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze for later use.

 

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