Thanks to bone broth I have had a major breakthrough in my healing! Bone broth is nutrient-dense, easy to digest and inexpensive to create at home so why not make your own?
After one month on a Paleo Restart where I consumed bone broth every day I have found that I can now tolerate small amounts of gluten and dairy. I continue to drink bone broth for prolonged gut healing.
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What is bone broth and why do you need it in your life?
Bone broth is essentially a mineral rich soup made by simmering the bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices over a lengthy period (24 to 48 hrs). This process causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds. Vinegar is added to help extract all those valuable minerals from the bones. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is a good choice as it’s unfiltered and unpasteurized. You can use this broth as a base for soups, stews, or drink it straight. I love to give grains a nutritional boost by cooking them in bone broth. I can’t get my daughter to drink it straight but if I cook a bit of noodles in it she gobbles it up! The broth can also be frozen in silicone cupcake liners for future use.
The health benefits of bone broth
Collagen, the protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals protects and soothes the lining of the digestive tract and can aid in healing IBS, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and acid reflux. Gelatin which is formed by the breakdown of collagen can help those with food sensitivities to better tolerate those foods. Gelatin also helps break down proteins and soothes the gut lining. If you are an athlete you will be pleased to know that bone broth provides you with a variety of important nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and the conditional amino acids arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline. These amino acids may help speed muscle repair, promote muscle growth and limit muscle breakdown. Making bone broth at home is pretty simple. You will need the bones of pasture-fed cattle, bison or poultry, or wild caught fish. A selection of vegetables, apple cider vinegar, some herbs and canning jars for storing.
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- 1 pound / ½ kilo beef bones
- 4 small carrots
- 1 stick celery
- 1 leek
- 1 brown onion
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 8 cups / 2 L water
- Place the bones in a large stock pot. Pour filtered water over the bones and add the apple cider vinegar. Bring to a boil.
- Roughly chop and add the vegetables, except the garlic to the pot.
- Add the herbs.
- Simmer over low heat for 12 hours or more.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Strain using a fine metal strainer to remove all the bits of bone and vegetable.
- When cool enough, store in glass jars in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze for later use.