Have you heard all the hype about bone broth lately? This little broth that you cook on your stove from 24 to 48 hours touts that it can heal a leaky gut, improve joint health, reduce cellulite (can I hear an amen!) and boost your immune system, to name a few. New York venders are selling their homemade broth for up to $9 a cup! But you can make it at home for a whole lot less and it fits in perfectly with eating clean. Simmering meat bones in a pot with other healing vegetables causes the bones, marrow, and ligaments to release healing compounds such as glutamine, proline, glycine, and collagen, and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, silicone, magnesium, and others, all which have the power to transform your health. Here is a list of its benefits:
- Helps heal and seal your gut, promoting healthy digestion: the gelatin found in bone broth attracts and hold liquids, including juices in your digestive tract, because the gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid.
- Fights inflammation: the proline, glycine, and arginine, all amino acids, have anti-inflammatory effects.
- Reduces joint pain: When you boil the cartilage, chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, and other compounds are released into the broth, all which promote reduction of inflammation and relief of joint pain.
- Inhibits infection: studies have proven that bone broth has specific medicinal qualities that can significantly reduce cold and flu viruses.
- Promotes Strong, healthy bones: the calcium and magnesium, along with other nutrients pulled from the bones plays a large role in the formation of healthy bones.
- Promotes nail growth and healthy hair: you can thank the gelatin and collagen in the bone broth for this added beauty feature.
If that isn’t a powerful enough list to start you cooking bone broth, I don’t know what is, especially if you are celiac. Leaky gut and inflammation issues are huge battles for those of us who live with this disease. The Nourished Kitchen wrote a great article on not only the benefits of bone broth, but the culinary and frugal benefits as well.
When purchasing bones, they are generally found in the freezer section of your health food store. Look for grass-fed beef bones, or if making chicken stock, cook up a roasted whole free-range organic chicken, then use the bones to make your broth. And the best thing is, it is SO EASY to make! Throw the bones in a large pot, add vegetables, such as celery, onion, carrots, (a teaspoon of cider vinegar also helps draw out the nutrients) add water and start simmering, and simmering, and simmering, until all those healthy nutrients are drawn from the bones.
I added a few kale leaves and a bunch of parsley to my pot as well. Fill the pot with water and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer, put a lid on it, and check it about every 6-8 hours to see if you need to add more water. Beef bone broth should simmer for about 48 hours to allow all the nutrients to be pulled, and chicken should simmer for approximately 24 hours. Remove all vegetables and bones from the broth, strain, add a little salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cool before placing in Ziploc freezer bags and freezing.
Now pour yourself a healing bowl of broth, or use it in your favorite soup recipe, or any recipe calling for broth. Let the healing begin!
Here are a few of my favorite soup recipes:
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