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Bone Broth : A fad or true healing benefits

Updated on January 27, 2015

What is Bone Broth ?

Bone Broth has been around for years, chances are if you came from the south, you have had Bone Broth. Bone Broth is a fancy term for old fashioned broth. Bone Broth is when you take marrow bone and boil them for an extended period of time and this creates a rich liquid that has hit mainstream. It has been said that the benefits of Bone Broth can save a persons life. Well I don't know about all that but I can tell you that is does have healing properties. These are from the essentials that are released from the bones of chicken, beef and fish. I am sure you could even do turkey, though it is not broadly advertised. We have all heard that chicken soup has healing properties. But why and is canned soups as good as homemade ? The answer is no, the processing of canned, store bought soups, removes several benefits from the product. Bone Broth is one main ingredient in the G.A.P.S diet that was developed by Dr Natasha Campbell- Mc Bride , the acronym stands for : Gut and Psychology Syndrome. With the rising chronic disease that effects a big part of the population, one might venture to think about the underlying causes. We will discuss those later.

Bone Broth and Leaky Gut

Bone Broth is known in general to be good for several aliments, such as, leaky gut, in the holistic world this is known to be linked to several diseases, including auto-immune diseases. Briefly, I will tell you that leaky gut comes from the Standard American Diet. Refined sugars and processed foods leads to gaps in the Gi tract, this leads to food particles entering the blood stream signaling an immune response, leading to auto-immune disorders. This is also known to cause food intolerances. Bone Broth contains gelatin, the gelatin fills in the holes in the intestines and improves absorption of vitamins and nutrients. This is not an over-night happening, healing leaky gut takes time and there are several supplements that can also improve this condition.

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Specific benefits of Bone Broth

Bone Broths have been around for years, though it is just reaching main stream, this simple food has be prescribed by doctors and mom's alike. There are several benefits to this rich broth and this may just be a good treatment for several things. According to Dr. Josh Axe some of the aliments this broth helps are:

  • Heal leaky gut
  • Overcome foods intolerances and allergies
  • Improve joint health
  • Reduce cellulite
  • Boost immune system

This is just to name a few Bone Broth contains several nutrients that help arthritis and inflammation, Bone Broth contains:

  • collagen
  • proline
  • glycine
  • glutamine
  • calcium
  • phosphorus
  • magnesium
  • potassium

As you can see Bone Broth contains several nutrients that the body needs to function properly. So why did grandma always make a pot of chicken stew when you were sick? Did grandma know something that we don't ? Bone Broth supports :

  • kidneys
  • bones
  • adrenal function
  • teeth
  • joints
  • immune system

Bone Broth is an anti viral, anti fungal as well as antibiotic, that only targets bad bacteria so grandma was on to something with her prescription. Bone Broth is a must, being we have all resorted to boneless - skinless meats, the bones and skin are where the healing properties lie. You need the bones and skin to make the broth rich and hearty. It is a world that has resorted to convenience and dealing with the skin and bones is not often used in homemade soups today. This may be the very food we have been looking for to help auto-immune disorders.




Bone Broth : How to make

You are probably wondering how to make this healing broth. Well I am going to share with you my recipe for chicken broth, you will need :

  • a whole chicken , organic, as well as free range
  • 1- large onion
  • 3- cloves of organic garlic, peeled
  • a stock pot or crock pot
  • a gallon of filtered water
  • 4- stalks of organic celery sliced
  • 5- peeled and sliced organic carrots
  • 3- clean, quart sized, mason jars

You will take the stock pot or crock pot and add your whole chicken, garlic and onion and cover with filtered water. Simmer for 2 hours. After 2 hours you will remove the meat from the chicken corps and add the skin and bones back into the stock pot or crock pot, after this step I usually fill back up the pot with filtered water to replace the lost water due to steam/ evaporation . You can put the chicken meat in a mason jar and freeze for up to a month. You will then allow the bones to simmer for up to 24 hours, I usually do 12 hours. When you have about an hour left you will add the carrots and celery. Once simmering is complete you will strain the broth in to a large, glass container. You can then get you a bowl and top with your favorite fresh herbs. I use thyme and rosemary, to suit taste. I then add the remaining broth to a mason jar, being hot it should seal the jar, you will hear a "pop" this is confirmation that the jar has sealed. Then freeze up to 6 months. With the third and final mason jar you will add the bones and can freeze them for your next broth making. I wouldn't recommend only using "old " bones being several of the minerals and nutrients have been released in your previous broth. I add them back along with new bones.

The recommended consumption for healing is 3 ounces 3 times a day. You will want to add fresh herbs each time being the herbs are most nutritious when fresh.



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Bone Broth cheap, easy and beneficial

Bone Broth is a cheap, easy way to add health to your life. Bones are rarely inexpensive and you can use the broth in several recipes that contain a base. As you can see there are several benefits to adding broth in to your lifestyle and possibly healing in the process. Bone Broth is very good and good for you. From helping with pain to sealing the gut. Everyone has a reason to enjoy broth.

The science

There have been studies preformed on the benefits of "old fashioned broth" rather they call It broth or Bone Broth it has been around for decades and used by our ancestors as well as others for health benefits. Old wives tales will say that chicken soup is what will bring anyone out of a sickness. Though anyone is a broad term, I would say that it is beneficial for the majority of the population. Though no actual scientific studies have been preformed on the Bone Broth, several studies have been completed and ruled as beneficial on the nutrients in Bone Broth. These studies show to improve or aide in healing of the body. Our ancestors had a study of their own, results. From the common cold to child birth Broth has been used in aiding in the health and healing of aliments.

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Benefits of Bone Broth

  • Healing for the gut
  • Relieving cold and flu symptoms
  • anti-viral
  • anti-bacteria
  • Anti-fungal
  • good for bones
  • benefits joints
  • can remineralize teeth
  • easily tolerated by most people

The Bones on Bone Broth

Bone Broth can be healing for all, there are several benefits to this wonderous broth that has been used for decades. The new fad is not a fad at all there are several possible benefits to consuming broth on a daily basis. If you are facing any disease I would suggest that you add this simple adjustment in to your diet. Though fads come and go, Bone Broth will be one that I pass on to my children and grandchildren. Bone Broth has gotten lost in the hustle and bustle of today's life styles. This is a slew of health benefits in an old time remedy. Here's to your bones.

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