Healing Effects of Bone Broth

Remember the good old home remedy of chicken soup for healing the worst of colds and flu (and your soul)? There have even been books written about it!  I learned in Pathogenic Microbiology class that one reason for this medicinal use of Chicken soup was that it warmed up the mucous membranes and therefore didn’t allow the cold virus to attach to those areas lining your respiratory tract. It turns out that’s not the only healing benefit you get from chicken soup.

Scientists have now learned that your overall health is largely dependent on the health of your gut.  Bone broth, stock, or chicken broth can do much for maintaining a healthy gut.  So what do I mean by the gut? I’m referring to your digestive tract where a delicate balance of microorganisms and enzymes live in order to properly digest your food, break it down and transfer the nutrients into the bloodstream. When you have poor gut health, you more than likely have food sensitivities and deficiencies in micronutrients – vitamins and minerals.

Broth plays an important role in healing your gut because it is very easily digestible and contains a ton of nutrients.  Some of the minerals that come from making bone broth include magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur, and chondroitin, and glucosamine from the breakdown of cartilage and tendons from making bone broth.  Sounds a little less than appealing to make but I promise it is not that bad.

There are cultures that eat the actual tendons and cartilage for these health benefits.  Personally, I’d rather eat soup and store-bought broths and stocks don’t have the benefits that you get from making it yourself.  And, it’s super easy!

What are the healing benefits of bone broth?

  • Helps heal your gut & promotes healthy digestion
  • Reduces joint pain & inflammation
  • Promotes healthy bones
  • Inhibits infection
  • Fights inflammation
  • Promotes healthy hair and nails

How do you make bone broth?

  • Buy a rotisserie chicken, eat it for dinner.
  • Fill a large stockpot with water (or large crockpot) – about 4 quarts
  • Add seasonings such as garlic, onions, celery, thyme
  • Add some oil such as coconut or butter
  • Add 2 T or so of cider vinegar (I use coconut vinegar)
  • Place bones from rotisserie chicken (from dinner) in a stockpot of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for up to 24 hours or longer.
  • Once done, drain broth through colander into container(s) and discard skin and bones. (You could also strain it through cheesecloth when it is warm to have a more clear broth).
  • Store in mason jars in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze.
  • Use for making soup or adding moisture for cooking such as in a crockpot.

Try it!  You might like it!

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