homemade bone broth & bone broth benefits

I LOVE bone broth! Here is a wonderful article on the health benefits of bone broth, with a recipe for chicken bone broth. (EASY!) Thanks to the Holistic Green Mama!! Love this!

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BONE BROTH…. It sounds so weird & creepy but it has become one of my absolute favorite natural remedies for gut healing and healthy digestion. I’m going to share what the benefits of bone broth are, as well as my favorite homemade recipe.

What is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is a broth made from the marrow, tendons, fat, ligaments and basically all bone parts of an animal – usually a cow or chicken. Bone broth is made by extracting the nutrient dense minerals and amino-acids from the bones and leaching them into the broth for us to consume.

Bone broth is a remedy as old as time. Our early hunter-gatherer ancestors would use every part of the animal since throwing it out simply wasn’t an option. They realized that roasting and simmering the scraps would great a delicious nutrient dense broth. Early Chinese Medicine practitioners used bone broth regularly as…

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10 Broth Based Soup Recipes

In my last article, I discussed the benefits of bone broth and included a recipe on how to prepare it. Now that you know why it’s so healthy and how to make it, what do you do with it? Well, many people actually just drink a mug of it each morning, in place of coffee/tea. However, if that doesn’t appeal to you, I’ve found 10 amazing broth based soup recipes for you to try. Many of the recipes call for “canned broth”. In those instances, simply use your homemade bone broth in it’s place. ENJOY & BON APPETITE!

From: BIG GIRLS SMALL KITCHEN

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BREAKFAST SOUP

 

From: SALT & WIND

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ROASTED TOMATO, KALE, & SAUSAGE SOUP

 

 

From: MY RECIPES.COM

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GOLDEN PEACH SOUP W/ SHRIMP & CRAB SEVICHE

From: CHOWHOUND

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MUSHROOM & PANCETTA SOUP

 

 

From: SIMPLY RECIPES

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH APPLE SOUP

 

 

From: FOODIE CRUSH

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GLUTEN-FREE QUINOA & CAULIFLOWER CHOWDER

 

 

From: SUBLIME REFLECTION

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HEALTHY ZUPPA TUSCANA

 

 

From: LIL LUNA

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MEXICAN CHICKEN & CORN SOUP

 

 

From: CHELSEA’S MESSY APRON

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SWEET POTATO, CHICKEN & QUINOA SOUP

 

From: FEASTING AT HOME

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THAI CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

 

 

 

 

 

18 Amazing Benefits Of Bone Broth & 1 Easy Recipe

As we continue along the theme of all things water, today we’ll discuss the benefits of bone broth, including a beef bone broth recipe, from Dr. Axe.

NOTE: If you are a vegan, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! I have an extra special vegetable broth recipe coming for you on Friday, so, stay tuned!

For now, let’s talk about bone broth. Using bones to make broth has become rather trendy, but it’s not a new concept by any means. In fact, this is something that has been done since prehistoric times, when no part of the animal was wasted (2). In Chinese medicine, which dates back more than 2500 years, bone broth is used to improve the health of the digestive system,  bones, and kidneys (1). Chicken soup was used in 12th century Egypt for colds and asthma. (1)

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Bone broth is incredibly healthy. In fact, when I talk about food as medicine, bone broth is right up there on the list of things you should be eating. Our prehistoric ancestors knew what they were doing. Let’s take a look at just why it’s so healthy. Here are 18 benefits, according to an article published by louisehay.com.

  1. Immunity boost-due to the amino acid content, such as arginine, glutamine, and cysteine.
  2. Relieves the common cold & Bronchitis– A study published in The Journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, studied the affect of chicken soup (chicken bone broth) on the common cold. Researchers found that chicken soup, did indeed alleviate symptoms, including clearing mucus, open respiratory pathways and provide easy-to-digest nutrition
  3. Diminish inflammation-The amino acid content, for example cystine, histidine, and glycine, reduce inflammation, while L-glutamine reduces gut inflammation. Studies indicate the anti-inflammatory affect of bone broth may be the reason behind helpfulness in relation to the common cold.
  4. Strong bones and teeth-What do you need to build bones and teeth? If you said calcium, you are only partially correct. In order to adequately build bone, the human body requires the following nutrients: calcium, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin D, potassium, zinc, manganese, copper, boron, iron, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and the B vitamins. Bone broth, made with meat and vegetables, is a good source of ALL of these vitamins
  5. Weight loss-There are 2 aspects to the benefits of bone broth on weight loss. 1) many overweight people have what’s called Dysbiosis, or an imbalance in gut bacteria. Bone broth has high levels of the amino acid L-glutamine, which relieves inflammation, rebuilds gut lining and balances the gut bacteria. 2) Studies show that eating soup or drinking bone broth before meals reduces caloric intake during the next meal.
  6. Better Hydration-If you are dehydrated, drinking bone broth is an excellent way to rehydrate. Bone broth, with vegetables, has high levels of electrolytes and carbohydrates.
  7. Improve exercise capacity-Some studies show that liquids with electrolytes and carbohydrates outperform water in restorative capacity. Bone broth, a much healthier alternative than Gatorade, contains  these qualities.
  8. Build muscle-Once again, the all important amino acids come into play. The amino acid content of bone broth stimulates “muscle protein synthesis”.
  9. Improved mood-The digestive system is sometimes called “The Second Brain”. Your gut and your brain are, invariably, linked. What affects one affects the other. When gut bacteria, aka micro-biome, become imbalanced, this influences your brain. When the micro-biome is healthy, the brain receives “happy” signals from the brain. The opposite is also true. Neuroscientists are now studying the treatment of mood disorders, such as depression,  by managing the micro-biome.
  10. Gelatin-No, I’m not talking about Jell-o, which is filled with chemicals! Actually, Jell-o comes from gelatin made, most likely, from pigskin, but can be made from any other type of bone. (3) The gelatin I’m talking about, is gelatin in it’s pure form. Have you ever made soup, and taken it out of the fridge to find that the broth has turned into a “jelly” like substance? That is what good bone broth is supposed to do. The prevalence of degenerative and inflammatory disease in our society could be corrected with gelatin rich foods, such as bone broth. Here are 9 additional benefits of the gelatin contained within bone-broth.
  • Stronger, healthier nails
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-tumor
  • Arthritis and joint-pain relief
  • Cell-protecting
  • Can alleviate diabetes and lower blood sugar; supports insulin regulation
  • Can improve sleep
  • Helps regulate bleeding
  • Helps normalize stomach acid

 

For the full article: 18 Amazing Health Benefits Of Bone Broth

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Now that you know the benefits of bone broth, just how do you make it? Well it’s actually a very easy, though lengthy process.  However, I can assure you, it’s worth your time. Here’s a short video (:52) showing how to make beef bone broth. Don’t have beef bones? Don’t worry! The process is the same with other bones as well.

For the complete recipe go to: https://draxe.com/recipe/beef-bone-broth/

 

To learn more about the benefits of Bone Broth, take a look at the article from the Weston A Price Foundation called

Broth is Beautiful

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.barebonesbroth.com/blog/goodness-through-the-ages/
  2. http://blog.kettleandfire.com/the-surprising-history-behind-bone-broth/
  3. http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/j-ello.htm