What if I told you that there is a magical drink which can help you lose weight, have more energy, heal wounds faster, and also give you gorgeous, younger looking skin? And if I told you that you could easily make this drink at home, you’d probably not believe me, right? Well, I am telling the truth! I am referring to bone broth and I am sure you have probably already heard about this ancient elixir which our grandmothers made all the time. Today, people are suddenly raving about bone broth again, including celebrities such as Shailene Woodley and Gwyneth Paltrow . So let us dive in right now and discover the wonderful benefits of bone broth.
Bone broth is not chicken stock. Nor is it chicken soup or chicken broth. Bone broth is the beautiful golden drink that is left behind after hours of simmering of all kinds of animal bones (chicken, fish, lamb, cow, pig) in water. And we are talking about at least 6-24 hours of simmering!
Bone broth can be made in a slow cooker in 6-8 hours, longer if needed. Some people even simmer the bones for about 24-36 hours as that really helps extract the bone marrow and other nutrients into the broth. You simply toss in any bones you like (chicken, lamb, fish) in the slow cooker along with water. Joint bones are the best for making bone broth. Just make sure that all your bones come from organic, grass-fed, farm-raised, and antibiotic/growth hormone-free sources. You can also add spices, herbs, and vegetables to the broth as you wish. (Avoid adding leafy or cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower, as they wilt down after hours of cooking and can spoil the broth’s taste.)
As your broth’s cooking comes to completion, you can add some acidic stuff like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, as they really help extract the good stuff from the bones.
Here is a traditional chicken bone broth recipe. It is adapted from Part-Time Paleo: How to Go Paleo without Going Crazy by Leanne Ely.
The best way to get the benefits of bone broth is by consuming it at least once a day. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Many people do a ‘bone-broth-only’ fast where they only consume this broth and nothing else. During the summer, when the weather is hot, you can drink warm bone broth in place of your afternoon tea or coffee. In the wintertime, it is easier to consume, as the hot soupy broth really warms you from the inside.
You can also add bone broth to your smoothies, juices, soups, gravies, or all other recipes that call for stock as base. The flavor of the broth will be masked by these other beverages, but its benefits will still be there. Bone broth is an ideal pick-me-up for the afternoon slump but it is best when consumed in the morning for energy throughout the day.
All the good stuff that is extracted from the slow-cooking of the bones goes straight into your teeth and bones! Bone broth can strengthen teeth and prevent osteoporosis. All the calcium and phosphorus, which make up 60% of the bones, will go into the broth.
Millions of Americans suffer from leaky gut, owing to toxic chemicals in the food and environment. People with IBS and leaky gut have benefitted from digestive and auto-immune conditions with a bone broth diet.
Many compounds are ‘unlocked’ when we boil the bones in water and the apple cider vinegar, further helping to draw out all of the essential nutrients from the bone into the broth. That is why bone broth is rich in gelatin, chondroitin, and glucosamine. These protect joint health in humans as well as in dogs. Many people with arthritis consume expensive pills and supplements containing chondroitin and glucosamine. Instead, one can consume bone broth which is inexpensive to make and whose ingredients are readily available everywhere.
Bones contain collagen and when this collagen steeps into the broth, your skin is bound to reap the benefits. Regular consumption of bone broth helps reverse signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, under-eye bags, puffy eyes, crows’ feet, etc. Bone broth also contains hyaluronic acid which is a key anti-aging ingredient in many night creams.
Bone broth is not new; it has been around since nearly 1000 BC. Today, many restaurants are offering different bone broth recipes on their menu. The slow simmering of bones creates the most nutritious, healing food that is good for our skin, joints, and digestion. You can easily acquire the ingredients for making bone broth at a butcher’s market, often at discounted prices. Just make sure to use only organic bones. A slow cooker is the best for making bone broth. Simply toss in the bones, herbs, seasoning, and apple cider vinegar into the cooker, turn the heat on low and come back after 6-24 hours! Drink bone broth daily to reap its benefits.
Highly Nutritious Healing & Heart-Warming Bone Broth By Daniel Blair
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