Health Benefits of Bone Broth
By now, you've probably heard a lot about bone broth. Bone broth is in fashion now, but do you know that drinking bone broth can enhance your hormonal health?
I'm a huge fan of bone broth, and I was raised on bone broth. I used to help my grandmother cook and make all kinds of concoctions. In the country I come from, Poland, we did not waste any part of the animal.
During communism, when I was growing up, there was nothing in the stores, so we had to get an entire animal from a farm and process it for months to come.
We knew that animal bones are highly nutritious and assist in replenishing minerals in our bodies.
Lucky for me, I live in Boulder, where farms are plentiful, Whole Foods and great Farmers marker are close by. I can get grass-fed bones, free-range and organic bones, as well as chicken feet. I know that chicken feet don't seem too appetizing, but chicken feet provide lots of collagen, proteins, calcium, and trace minerals and help make bone broth thick. Pure goodness!
Bone broth has been used for centuries in many traditional cultures as a healing food. There's a reason chicken (Polish penicillin) soup is recommended in Poland when we're sick with cold and the flu, and there is even evidence to support this theory.
The medicinal properties of bone broth certainly don't stop at the flu – check it out…
Bone broth helps heal the gut and, eventually, your hormones!
When hormones are working correctly, they do an extraordinary job. They regulate every aspect of your life—your sleep, sex drive, appetite, weight, energy, and even digestion. By eating the right foods and cutting out the one that creates inflammation in your body, you can balance your hormones and heal the gut.
About 85% of women who come to my practice with hormonal imbalances have digestive issues such as bloating, candida, gas, leaky gut, leaky gut food sensitivities, allergies, IBS, or chronic constipation. I suffered for years with digestion (food sensitivities, candida, bloating, gas, bloating, and constipation) and had no idea that all of those symptoms were linked to hormones!
They are closely connected because if your gut is not working optimally, you are not digesting and absorbing enough nutrients to be healthy. Nutrients are needed for hormone production. Plus, food sensitivities and allergies might create an inflammatory response in your body. This makes cortisols spike and promotes cortisol production, throwing our hormones out of balance.
Bone broth can soothe and heal your gut, creating an optimal environment for beneficial bugs and helping your immune system work optimally.
Bone broth is full of amino acids such as glycine, proline, glutamine, and arginine. Amino acids are essential for hormone production. The hormone detoxification process (crucial to a woman's hormonal health) helps your body eliminate the excess metabolized hormones, rather than recirculating them in the body causes imbalance issues such as estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance leads to hormonal imbalances such as PCOS, endometriosis, and even breast cancer. Glutamine is great for soothing the gut and can heal leaky gut.
Bone broth contains collagen, calcium, and magnesium. Calcium is required for liver detoxification and hormone balance.
Bone broth is excellent for the skin! The collagen in bone broth repairs our cells and tissues and prevents our skin from sagging!
Bone broth helps us maintain our youth. Collagen is like our hormone's little helper – when we have more of it, our hormones don't have to work quite so hard.
Bone broth can even help you get rid of cellulite because it helps maintain healthy connective tissue. Lack of good connective tissue typically shows up as that trademark lumpy, dimpled skin, aka cellulite.
Bone broth helps you have strong bones, teeth, and joints because of the high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content, thus keeping bones and teeth healthy. You can use bone broth to help you remineralize your teeth, which means bone broth helps the cavities heal. I had experienced that when I had a tooth infection.
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- 4 lbs (or more) of bones from a healthy source – grass feed
- 1 lbs Bones from roasted chicken
- 7 chicken feet for extra gelatin (optional)
- 2 onion
- 2 carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 1 kale
- 1 tbsp or more of sea salt
- 1 tbsp peppercorns
- 1 garlic bulb
- 2 kelp sheets
- 1 lbs shitake mushrooms
- 6 oz turmeric
- 4 oz ginger
- 1 lemon
- 2 oz rosemary
- 2 oz thyme
- To improve the flavor, roast the bones in the oven first for 30 minutes at 350.
- Put the bones in a large stockpot. Use a 5-gallon pot. Pour (filtered) water over the bones. Add the apple cider vinegar and let sit for 30 minutes in the cold water. The acid will help make the nutrients in the bones more available.
- Add kelp, and salt, pepper.
- Bring the broth to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 48 h.
- During the first couple of hours of simmering, you need to remove the impurities that float to the surface. You can scoop it off with a big spoon and throw it away.
- During the last 10 hours of cooking, add vegetables, garlic, mushrooms, ginger, herbs, and turmeric.
- Remove from heat and let cool. Strain the broth using a fine metal strainer to remove all the bits of bone and vegetables.
- Transfer the bone broth to mason jars and keep it in the fridge for up to 7 days, or freeze for later use.
- Enjoy and let me know how you liked it!
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