Bone broth is a very nutritious food that you should be eating, if you have issues with allergies and skin problems. For hundreds of years, people in various cultures have relied on bone broth for its nutrition and ability to prevent a symptoms of leaky gut.
WHAT IS BONE BROTH?
Bone broth is any broth made using leftover bones, along with other ingredients to add more flavor. The bones are boiled, to extract the beneficial nutrients found in the bone marrow and the small pieces of meat, muscle, or fat that are still attached to the bone.
Not only is bone broth great for your health, it is also incredibly cost-effective. By making your own bone broth, you can make better use of the food that you eat. Learn more about the benefits of bone broth and how to make your own.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT BONE BROTH?
Bone broth provides perhaps the best solution for dealing with leaky gut syndrome, boosting your immune system, and preventing food intolerance or allergies. It also helps protect the lining of your gut, provide metabolic fuel for cells inside your small intestine, and strengthen your metabolism.
If you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or improve your health, try eating one serving of bone broth each day. Some people even use bone broth as part of their detox plan. Consuming bone broth can help heal your digestive system while detoxing your gut and liver.
Not only does bone broth help heal your digestive system, it also provides a healthy way to absorb more nutrients. Bone broth contains minerals that your body can easily absorb, including magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and silicon. Many of these compounds can help you deal with inflammation or arthritis pain.
Bone broth is also an excellent source of collagen. Collagen is a protein found in tissue, especially tissue in the bone, marrow, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. By boiling the bones, you can extract this collagen, which becomes gelatin.
Gelatin is useful for preventing food allergies and lining the digestive tract to prevent irritable bowel syndrome. It also minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BONE BROTH
There are many different ways to prepare bone broth, but research suggests you may benefit more from the bone broth that has been combined with fresh vegetables. The two sets of ingredients complement each other and increase the amount of nutrition that you will receive.
In addition to adding vegetables to your bone broth, you should only select bones from animals that have been pasture-fed, grass-fed or are free of antibiotics and hormones.
BONE BROTH COOKING SUGGESTIONS
For making your own bone broth …
- Start by placing the bones in a large pot. Fill a large pot with water and add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This will help extract the nutrients from the bones. When adding water, make sure that you leave enough room for the water to boil.
- After you bring the broth to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for at least six hours. This is the minimum time that you should simmer the broth, but you can simmer for a longer period. Chicken bones can cook for up to 24 hours while beef bones can simmer for up to 48 hours. An electric slow-cooker is handy for making bone broth as you can just leave it to cook on low heat for that number of hours.
- Every few hours, check the broth and remove the layer of film that develops on the top. Experiment with different combinations of food. You may use chopped carrots, onions, garlic, and various green vegetables. I like to include celeriac as it is very beneficial for the kidneys.
- Prepare the broth in large amounts and when cooled, strain the broth and store in jars in the fridge to be consumed as a beverage.
- Warm it up over the stove when you need it but never use a microwave oven for heating your broth.
Bone broth has been used for hundreds of years and for good reason. It offers one of the best ways to make use of all the nutrients found in animal products. The next time you have chicken or steak, save the bones for your next broth. But, be sure that they are from grass-fed animals that are free of antibiotics and hormones.
One of our readers, ManuelBrenda Roman, makes her bone broth in thick concentration and cubed them. This can be used as broth stock and is handy for making individual servings—just pop in however many cubes you need! Awesome idea!