Today, I wanted to touch on something that has changed my health dramatically and something that I consider an absolute health game-changer! That little something is bone broth, bay-bee (for those of you wondering- yes, I did sing it out loud, and thank you for getting the reference.)
Although this healing elixir appears to be new and trendy, it has actually been used for centuries both for its medicinal and nutritional properties. This protein soluble broth is easy to digest due to its solubility and is soothing to the gut! It has health benefits ranging from anti-aging to bone health to fat burning properties and so much more. It’s been consumed for 1000s of years by our ancestors!
Before, I continue on how Bone Broth is made or why I drink it, I do want to be clear that I only buy my bones from a local farmers market where I personally know the farmers. On the rare occasions I choose to consume animal products, the source is very important to me. If you do decide to integrate bone broth in your diet, please keep in mind that the health benefits are going to be significantly better in bones from pasture raised and grass fed, humanely treated, and hormone free animals. It’s better for the animals, the environment, your community, and of course YOU.
How do I make it?
Essentially, bone broth is made by roasting the bones and then simmering bones in water for 24-48 hours. I add apple cider vinegar to the broth because this helps extract all the incredible compounds and minerals. After 30 Min, I like to add all my veggies. I also add ginger, black pepper, turmeric, and medicinal mushrooms. That is just a personal touch to make it a more powerful elixir for inflammation, immune support, and chronic pain.
But let’s get to the good stuff! So why’s it a superfood?
Bone broth reduces joint pain and promotes healthy bones.
In my opinion, bone broth is one of the best remedies for achy joints and bones. Researchers have found bone broth has naturally occurring glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate (source) both of these compounds are found in our bones and play a huge role in bone health. In fact, they are often prescribed in the form of pricey supplements for ailments such as arthritis!
As we age, collagen in our joints deteriorate. For many people this can happen at faster rates due to injury, excessive use, diet, etc. When you’re making bone broth, compounds such as gelatin, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, and phosphorus are extracted from the bones. In turn, these compounds help support strong, healthy bones in our body.
A good indicator you made your bone broth correctly is that it should solidify slight in the fridge. If it looks like Jell-O, you’re on the right track! It has this appearance due to the gelatin extracted from the bones. The bone’s cartilage has naturally occurring collagen; gelatin is simply cooked collagen! Gelatin provides a cushion for your joints and allows the joints to glide alongside each other without friction.
Heals a ‘leaky gut’
“Leaky gut syndrome” is essentially a deterioration of the stomach and intestinal linings. Leaky gut is attributed to many different factors, from allergies, food intolerances, toxins, ETC. Nonetheless, it leads to toxins and bacteria leaking into the blood stream. Bone broth is filled with compounds called amino acids. Amino acids help to increase healthy bacteria in your digestive tract (probiotics) and prevent inflammation.
Boosts the immune system.
Bone broth can also help boost the immune system(source) ! I’m sure we can all think back to a time when we were sick and someone gave us chicken soup to soothe us. It’s no coincidence that when you’re sick you crave chicken soup and that it’s a comfort food. Although, processed soups no longer have the same healing effects due to the array of toxins and flavorings (like beef cubes or MSG), being highly processed, and often containing very little actual animal stock, this craving did not come out of thin air. The body is craving something easy to digest, soothing, and filled with amazing healing compounds! The body is incredibly smart, and it knows what we need! All we have to do is LISTEN.
Dr. Stephen Rennard, M.D. who studied chicken soup for 15 years in over 1200 studies found chicken soup had immune boosting properties on a cellular level that could result in anti-inflammatory affects and possibly reduce symptoms if you have a virus.
Furthermore, this boost in immunity may be a result of a healthier gut (due to bone broth). Unhealthy guts can cause the body to attack itself. I personally believe this is a huge factor in the increase in autoimmune disorders. When the gut is healthy, the body’s natural immune responses are back in order.
Bone broth helps support healthy hair, skin, nails, anti-aging
As the saying goes, you are what you eat!
Your hair, skin, and nails are all made up of collagen! My beauty care routine is 90% what I put in my body and 10% what I put on it. Healthy hair, nails, and skin come from within. Collagen is responsible for promoting healthy skin and shiny hair. The skin cells that deflate over time and impact the youthful appearance of skin is partially caused by the loss of collagen and lack of collagen production that occurs as we age. When you drink bone broth, masses of personal testimonials and research suggests, it increases collagen production and may result in a more youthful appearance!
Collagen is also linked to improved hydration of skin and a reduction in aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin. Bone broth has been linked to the reduction of cellulite and promotion of weight loss. This is because when your body lacks collagen (a naturally occurring compound of bone broth), the connective tissue breaks down and turns to cellulite.
Research has found that bone broth can also help in a multitude of ailments ranging from sleep problems, memory, hormone health, sexual health, etc.! Many people also use it in alternative fasting as well! This superfood, I believe, is not only something to try but something to integrate into your healthy lifestyle! I try to eat bone broth in a soup or a warming cup at least a few times a week. With autumn upon us, it is an excellent addition to my evening walk with my puppy Annabelle! Good Luck everyone, and drink your broth bay-bees!