Bone Broth To Improve, Well, Just About Everything!
Updated: Jan 10, 2020
I am all about bone broth. At least, I have been for the last several years. Until I started healing my gut from ulcerative colitis in 2012, though, I had honestly NEVER made homemade bone broth myself! I started researching its benefits, and wondered how I had missed the boat on something that our grandparents used to make all the time. Bone broth became an integral part of my gut healing process. I always had either some chicken or beef bone broth simmering! These days, I just try to consume it myself, and feed it to my family, as much as possible. Why? Well, just check out the benefits of it:
Gut Healing. Bone broth is packed with gelatin, which is very beneficial in restoring the gut lining, encouraging the growth of probiotics, and helps decrease inflammation levels in the gut.
Digestion. Bone broth is easy to digest and contains numerous amino acids, vitamins and minerals (collagen, proline, glycine, glutamine, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, and sulphur, to name a few), making it ideal to consume when having difficulty with absorption and digestion.
Joints. Bone broth is beneficial and protective for the joints. Many people with gut issues, or leaky gut, have joint inflammation as well. Not only does the bone broth help heal the gut, but it helps restore and protect the joints from any damage done by inflammation when gut health was poor.
Skin and Cellulite. OK, seriously, if this benefit isn't motivating, I don't know what would be! First of all, people with poor gut health have been shown to have decreased levels of collagen in their bloodstream. And, collagen decreases as we age.
Bone broth helps to boost those collagen levels, which not only helps with gut healing, but also helps to maintain and improve tone, texture and appearance of the skin. You can use the best skin care regimen in the world, and it still would not provide the benefits that bone broth do! (I'm not saying to stop taking care of your skin...just to add the bone broth to your regimen!).
And the cellulite? It basically comes from a lack of connective tissue. When gut health and collagen levels are optimal, cellulite is reduced and skin tone improves. Boom!
Making Bone Broth Available for Regular Consumption
When I was going through my intense gut healing, I tried to consume bone broth every day. I would either make a soup, or, I would just make the broth and drink it.
Now that my gut health is so much better? I do still consume bone broth. I admit, it is not constantly simmering in my kitchen anymore. The fact is, when my health was poor, I was at home more, and therefore able to prioritize things like making bone broth. Nowadays, I'm home less and have much more on my plate.
We make soups often, and always with homemade bone broth. And, I love having bone broth in the freezer, so I can cook with it it when I need it. But, since I don't even always have that, I buy it sometimes. There are a few brands that make the cut on doing bone broth right. Always look for a brand that is organic, grass-fed and pasture-raised. Not only are the animals respected and treated right, but this makes the bone broth far healthier and more beneficial when consumed.
My favorite these days is Wild Moon Organics. They do it right, by sourcing their ingredients properly, making sure the broth is concentrated, using the right kinds of bones to ensure high levels of gelatin, and adding healing herbs and mushrooms for additional anti-inflammatory and immune building benefits.
In all honesty, they are probably giving their bone broth more love and attention than I do when I make it! They simmer it at a lower temperature for longer, which provides greater nutrient benefits. And, no, I am not receiving a kickback by endorsing them.
Homemade Bone Broth
And if you make it yourself? There is a LOT on the internet as far as how to make your own bone broth. Here's what I do:
2 pasture-raised chicken carcasses
4 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 roughly chopped onion
Fresh or dried herbs, as desired
2 tbsp Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tbsp sea salt
Place the carcasses and vegetables in a 6 qt crock pot. Cover with filtered water within about 1 inch of the top of the crock pot, and add in the apple cider vinegar and sea salt.
I initially place it on the High setting, and after about 2 hours I'll drop it to Low for the remainder of the day. If you leave the house right after you start the crock pot, just leave it on the Low setting all day. I try to let it simmer for at least 8 hours.
Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer and discard the other ingredients. Use to make your favorite soup, freeze for later use in cooking, or keep in the fridge for up to a week to drink daily for intensive gut healing.