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Bone Broth – The Gut Healer | Natural Body Cafe

Bone Broth – The Gut Healer

Saturday, May 05, 2018

There has been a huge amount of talk over the last few years regarding bone broth and its healing benefits. However, this is something that has been around for centuries and still, in certain cultures it’s a staple of their diets. Our Grandparents and Great Grandparents would certainly have had a pot on the stove which they would use as a base for a lot of their cooking.

What is Bone Broth?

Put simply, this is bones, in water, with some seasoning which is brewed for anywhere between 6 and 48 hours….the longer the better. When the bones are boiled for this long, they release all the ‘good stuff’ and it works as the perfect base for home cooking in soups & stews.

Why Bone Broth?

The list of benefits of Bone Broth is so long that this post would be pages long. When we boil bones for this long they release a number of vital vitamins and minerals which are crucial for optimal gut health and therefore overall health. The list of these is quite extensive, however the ones I feel are most important I have listed below:

  • Collagen – This is the most abundant naturally occurring protein in the human body which basically holds us together. It forms our connective tissues and is found in bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. It is, however, something which diminishes with age, hence joint problems in the elderly, skin being less elastic, bones more fragile. It also acts as a ‘seal’ for the lining of the intestinal tract, therefore alleviating symptoms of leaky gut and can actually lead to the healing of such conditions.

     

     

  • Boost Immunity & the Immune System – Our immune system is in our intestines, therefore when we drink a bone broth rich in Collagen and Elastin, this soothes and protects the gut wall. Protecting it against any potential irritants making its way through….which leads me to the next one!

     

     

  • Leaky Gut – Undigested food basically irritates the gut lining and when severe enough makes its way through the gut lining into the bloodstream. This causes a whole host of problems which I will write about at a later date, however, if the gut lining is protected and strong food particles won’t make their way through and leaky gut can, in fact, be reversed. This will also help to reduce food intolerances and allergies that a person may have previously had.

     

     

  • Skin, wrinkles, and cellulite – This is a big one for us ladies I know…. As I said earlier, with age the levels of Collagen and Elastin being naturally made in the body decreases. This plays a part in why we get wrinkles and our skin ages as we don’t have the levels of collagen we did when we were younger to keep it ‘plump. Skin creams now all have the collagen claims on them promising us they will reduce the appearance of fine lines. However, if we feed our bodies with this internally as well as externally this is the best scenario can help in giving some of the elasticity to aging skin. Not only this but the dreaded cellulite another thing us women love. Cellulite forms where there is a lack of connective tissue, causing the skin to lose its tight appearance. Reports have shown that people consuming a collagen-based supplement have over time, reported a reduction in Cellulite.

These are just a few, I could go on but I won’t. There are so many reasons to add this to your daily routine and it’s so simple to do. Here is a simple bone broth recipe:

Bone Broth Recipe:

  • Put bones in a large stockpot and cover with water (I get mine from the local butcher as I know they are organic. He charges me around 50p – £1 for a bag)

     

     

  • Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar as this assists in drawing nutrients from the bones.

     

     

  • You can also add vegetables if you like, however, if I am making a soup I will roast my veggies in the oven and add them once the broth is done, up to you.

     

     

  • Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer

     

     

  • Chicken bones I leave for 24 hours, Beef bones can be left for up to 48 but ideally at the ends the bones are very brittle and will even fall apart to touch.

     

     

  • There will be a layer of scum on the top, remove this when it has cooled and discard.

That’s it, you’re done… Bone broth will last up to a week in the fridge. I usually make up batches of soup as soon as it’s done which I can then freeze and have as my dinner though out the week. Especially in the winter months when a nice hearty bowl of soup is just what you fancy. An added bonus is that it’s healing you from the inside out.

Enjoy and please let me know how you go? I would love to hear any variations on recipes and if you feel that adding bone broth to your diet has benefitted you in many ways.

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