For anyone that has known me the last few years, knows that bone broth is a part of my weekly routine. There is something about it, that when you drink it, your body just tells you, “this is what I need.” It craves the minerals and nutrition that you get from cooking up a homemade broth. I know the word Bone Broth just sounds like it would be gross, but really all it is is just any bones from the meat or fish you eat and using those bones to simmer for 24 hours in some water, with some spices and creating a beautiful soup.
I first learned about bone broth about 4 years ago as I was studying how to help my knee. I had an injury in high school on my left knee that would get inflamed when I exercised. I started adding it in our diets every once in awhile and loved how it made me feel. As I learned about GAPS and how important it is to heal the gut, I really started to understand the benefits of bone broth.
1. It heals a leaky gut.
The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients.
2. Fights infections such as colds and flu.
A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms.
3. Reduces joint pain and inflammation.
The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation.
4. Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails.
The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong.
5. Helps with bone formation, growth and repair.
The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair.
6. Saves you money.
Homemade bone broth is cheaper and healthier than store bought.
7. Super easy to make.
All you need is a crockpot. Throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and it cooks while you sleep.
8. Healthier than buying supplements.
Homemade bone broth contains all nutrients and minerals found in bones and tendons rather than just one or two found in pills. Slow cooking preserves the nutrients better than the high heat extraction used to make supplements.
9. Fights inflammation.
Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.
10. Promotes sleep and calms the mind.
The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming.
Gut-Healing Chicken Broth Recipe
Fill you crock pot, stove top pot, or your pressure cooker with bones. This can be a chicken carcass, beef bones, marrow bones, fish bones, ANY bones will work.
Add some a few carrots, celery, onion pieces, garlic cloves
Add some sea salt 1-2 TBS
Add some herbs and seasonings to make it delicious and beneficial. I like to use 1 TBS Tumeric with some fresh ground pepper, chile powder, lemon grass or ginger, organic seasoning mixes. Play around with it.
Place all of the above ingredients in a crockpot or stove top and cook on low heat for 8 -10 hours. If you are using a pressure cooker, then I run mine about 90 minutes, but I have heard some people doing it in 30 minutes. I use a Instapot, which makes it super easy. You just set your timer and push start.
I make this just before bed and it’s ready and hot for breakfast.
You can store any excess broth in the freezer and defrost for a later time. It will last 6 months in your freezer and 4-5 days in your fridge.
TRY IT!!! It’s not as scary as it seems. You will love it.