There are foods that rob us of energy. Then there are super foods that nourish our bodies and have healing properties!
Bone broth is one of my highest super food recommendations to my clients. “Bone broth used to be a dietary staple, as were fermented foods, and the elimination of these foods from our modern diet is largely to blame for our increasingly poor health, and the need for dietary supplements.” mercola.com
Why? To quote Dr. Amy Myers:
1. It heals a leaky gut.
The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients.
2. Fights infections such as colds and flu.
A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms.
3. Reduces joint pain and inflammation.
The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation.
4. Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails.
The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong.
5. Helps with bone formation, growth and repair.
The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair.
6. Saves you money.
Homemade bone broth is cheaper and healthier than store bought.
7. Super easy to make.
All you need is a crockpot. Throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and it cooks while you sleep.
8. Healthier than buying supplements.
Homemade bone broth contains all nutrients and minerals found in bones and tendons rather than just one or two found in pills. Slow cooking preserves the nutrients better than the high heat extraction used to make supplements.
9. Fights inflammation.
Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.
10. Promotes sleep and calms the mind.
The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming.
Simple Bone Broth Recipe
3-4 lbs marrow & knuckle bones, beef or bison*
2 lbs meaty bones, short ribs work great
2-4 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
3-4 celery stalks, chopped
3-4 carrots, chopped
3 onions, quartered
Bunch of fresh parsley
Pinch of sea or Himalayan salt.
* use only bones from organically raised, pastured, or grass-fed animals.
You can also make bone broth using a whole chicken, whole fish (yep everything including the head) or pork. Each will give a different flavour.
Place bones in a pot or crockpot. Add apple cider vinegar and water until the bones are covered. Let the mixture sit for 1 hour so the vinegar can pull the minerals out of the bones. After the hour add your veggies and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a low simmer, cover, and cook for 24-72 hours.
During the last ½ hour of cooking, add the parsley for flavor and extra minerals. Add sea or Himalayan salt to taste.
Let cool, strain. Store in the fridge for up to 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Enjoy at least a cup of the broth each day and use in other cooking, it’s especially great in soups or stews.
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