For people who prefer the natural form of nutrients and avoid supplements and powders, bone broth is a superior replacement of nutrients our body is craving.
Here is something to sink your teeth in! Some major nutrients in bone broth:
- Protein: Bones are 50% protein. Bone broth is 6 grams of protein per cup.
- Collagen: When simmered produces gelatin. Collagen is one of the nutrients in bone broth that makes it a ‘Super’ food. It is a healing source for people that suffer from arthritis, joint or tendon problems. It produces the elasticity and youthfulness of the skin. Also balances the intestinal acids and improves digestion.
- Glycine: An amino acid found in the gelatin which helps to reduce acid reflux and indigestion. It also helps in breaking down fats which is important for the gallbladder, intestinal and pancreatic health. When the fats are digested properly, the cholesterol levels are corrected. Glycine also detoxifies and supports the liver and reduces ‘oxidative stress’ (inflammation), by producing antioxidants. ‘Oxidative stress’ causes the aging process. *We will learn all about ‘oxidative stress’ on a future post.
- Glutamine: Amino acid that helps repair and maintain walls of the intestines. It helps heal and prevents ‘leaky gut’.
Cartilage found in bone broth helps your immune system by activating white blood cells and promoting a rapid increase of white blood cells, as needed.
Bone broth is more nutrient-dense than vegetable broth. It’s the gelatin in the bone broth that makes it beneficial to gut, joint, bone, skin and teeth health. The more the gelatin, the more nourishing the broth is to all the organ systems. Bone broth is abundant in easily absorbed minerals like, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and many trace minerals, which helps with the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
The gelatin in properly made bone broth nourishes all of the bones, teeth and skin. It also provides glucosamine and chondrotin sulphates which is helpful to the joints that are damaged and deteriorated ligaments, which happens from wear and tear.
Bone broth is also great for regulating your weight by regulating your glucose (sugar) levels. Fasting 1-2 meals a day, a couple of days a week, drinking a cup of bone broth in place of a meal will take care of your extra weight and give you more energy and heal any digestive problems you may have.
Our ancestors knew how to stay well especially in the winter’s ‘cold and flu’ season. There is a lot of nutrients in mom & gramma’s chicken soup. Bone broth has been around since the creation of fire.
Bone broth heals leaky gut syndrome
Every disease starts with a weakness in the gut, which causes bad bacteria to take over the digestive tract. This is called “dysbiosis” and it leads to leaky gut syndrome. When bad bacteria, fungi and parasites become embed into the gut lining, the gut begins to leak undigested protein and toxins into the bloodstream. The immune system begins forming antibodies to fight the toxins. This leads to chronic inflammation anywhere in the body. Antigen-antibody complexes are deposited in the tissues through the bloodstream. This causes chronic health conditions, including but not limited to,rheumatoid arthritis, alopecia (hair loss), eczema, lupus, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, cystitis and psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia.
Dysbiosis and leaky gut syndrome are not recognized by conventional medicine as health conditions because there is no patented prescription drugs or surgical procedures that can be prescribed for them. Most likely anyway, they will treat the symptoms and not the cause of these conditions, so it is up to us to research for our own cures.
You can assume you have ‘dybiosis’ and leaky gut syndrome if you regularly experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Excessive, foul-smelling gas
- Discomfort in the gut following or during a meal
- Chronic constipation or diarrhea* you should have a normal bowel movement after each meal*
The common causes of ‘dybiosis’ and leaky gut:
- Overuse of prescription or over the counter drugs
- Regular consumption of sugary foods or refined carbohydrates (white flour)
- Regular or overuse of alcohol
- Overeating or eating while stressed
- Not chewing up your food, properly
So how do you prevent or reverse ‘dybiosis’ and leaky gut?
- Promote proper digestion by good eating habits- by avoiding the common causes mentioned above and consuming bone broth regularly.
The 4 things you should protect your gut from:
- prescription antibiotics
- Sugary foods
- White flour products
Eat fermented foods daily like, Pickles and sauerkraut. This will develop good bacteria. Or make a cup “healthy gut’- mix 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon organic honey, pinch pink Himalayan or organic sea salt, to a cup of hot purified water. This will give you an internal bath and clean out your digestive tract. It will help keep the colon clean. If you have ulcers, this may cause a discomfort in your gut, so just sip on it for awhile. If this bothers too much, you should drink a cup of purified or distilled water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda daily, to cleanse and calm the inflammation down.
If you have the symptoms of ‘dysbiosis’ and leaky gut syndrome, you should take a professional grade organic probiotic regularly, to cleanse your digestive tract safely.
Recipe for Hearty and Healthy Bone Broth
- Use only organic products, if possible.
- 2-3 lbs (pounds) of animal bones with or without meat
- 3-4 celery ribs, cut into about 2 inch lengths
- 5-6 carrots, cut into about 2 inch lengths
- 4-5 medium onions, cut in half
- 4 large cloves garlic, crushed or slightly chopped
- 1 large bunch each of cilantro and parsley
- 1 large sheet of seaweed
- 2-3 Tablespoons of pink Himalayan salt or organic sea salt
- 3 Tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar ( Bragg’s). This pulls the nutrients out of the bones. You will Not taste the vinegar.
- 1-1+1/2 gallon of purified or distilled water
- Use Crock pot or large stock pot.
- Put all the ingredients into the pot.
- Bring to boil on medium heat.
- Skim off the “scum” with a fine mesh strainer.
- Turn down the heat to simmer.
- Simmer for 12 hours for chicken or fish and 24-48 hours for beef, pork, lamb and venison (deer) or any wild caught red /dark meat animal. If you choose to leave the meat on the bones, you can remove the meat and vegetables after they become tender and meat falling off the bone. This is good served over brown rice.
The bones after the allotted time are very soft and edible which is highly nutritional. If you choose not to eat the bones give them to your dog or cat, it is better than anything in shelved and artificial foods for animals. It will help their gut, also. They will love you for it !
Strain broth with a fine mesh strainer, after it cools down.
Store in a tightly closed container, in refrigerator for 2 weeks. You can store in the freezer for several months.Thaw out in refrigerator for at least 2 days before you heat to use. DO NOT USE THE MICROWAVE TO HEAT…. This will destroy most of the nutrients in the bone broth. Heat in a sauce pan on the stove.
Drink at least 2 cups daily. Enjoy !!
If you do not have the time to make the bone broth or want a more convenient way to get these same benefits, here is a bone broth powder that can give you the same nutrients:
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