On Trend: Bone Broth
It was recently recommended to me that I start drinking a cup of bone broth daily. My initial reaction to this seemingly far out there recommendation: “Ew! This better turn me into a Demi God.” Bone broth aka liquid gold, not only is it trendy but its health benefits may surprise you. So what is this magical elixir? For thousands of years there have been traditional foods like fermented vegetables that have been touted for their health benefits. But one common healing food that is now being recognised for it’s incredible health benefits is bone broth. Bone broth or stock was a way our ancestors made use of every part of an animal. Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly, can be
boiled then simmered over a period of days. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine that have the power to transform your health. Needing to know everything there is about bone broth before actually ingesting it, this is what I’ve learned..
Benefits of Bone Broth:
1. The only thing you need to know: Bone broth is one of the three pillars of the LA Laker’s official team diet. If its good enough for pro ballers, it’s definitely good enough for me!
2. Heal and seal your gut: According to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements, a cup a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.
3. Look younger: Bone broth is a rich source of collagen. You can find collagen in all kinds of “plumping” products these days, but why stick it on the outside when you can drink it? Not only is drinking it cheaper, but it can make your skin, hair, and nails look just as radiant. This beverage has even been claimed by some South American cultures to even revive the dead, those are some truly ageless benefits.
4. Reduces Cellulite: According to Donna Gates, author of Body Ecology, bone broth makes your skin supple and can decrease cellulite! Yes, Please! She says cellulite comes from a lack of connective tissue and if someone has very smooth skin it’s because their skin is high in connective tissue. Donna explains that consuming collagen-rich bone broth can reduce cellulite and tighten your skin making you look younger.
5. Sleep better, and feel better: The glycine in bone broth has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory. Drink a cup at night to promote more restful ZZZ’s.
6. Stronger bones: The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seeps out into the broth leaving you with the essential building blocks for healthy bones. The Gelatin from Bone Broth also provides bone-building minerals in easily absorbable ways, preventing bone loss and reducing joint pain.
By drinking bone broth you can expect to see positive changes in digestive health, look and feel younger, reduce chunky cottage cheese looking lumps on your butt and thighs and become a professional basketball player! LA Lakers here I come! You can buy bone broth from your local butcher or choose to make it yourself.
For those of you go getters looking to save a buck and make it from home heres a simple recipe;
Gut-Healing Chicken Broth Recipe (Ingredients can be found at any Whole Foods or other organic market)
• 1 organic whole chicken
• 8 c of water
• 4-6 stalks of celery, finely chopped
• ½ white or yellow onion, finely chopped
• 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
• 1 inch ginger root, finely chopped
• ½ teaspoon sea salt
• ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
1. Put all ingredients in a large pot on a high heat.
2. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a low setting.
3. Allow the broth to simmer for a minimum of 12 hours. If you can leave it longer, up to 24 hours, that’s even better. A longer cooking time generally means more nutrients.
4. Turn off the heat and allow the broth to cool down.
5. Strain broth through a fine metal strainer.
6. Put the cooled stock in to containers for storage (only up to a few days) or freezing (can be stored frozen indefinitely).
7. Drink a glass of broth each day, or freeze it in small batches and use it for cooking. Enjoy!
For the best homemade bone broth be sure to use the boniest bones you can find, like
beef knuckles, chicken necks, oxtails, soup bones and, of course, tiny, creepy feet.
Cheers to a healthier you!
Written by Paige