Bone Broth is rich in minerals, collagen, gelatin, glycine, proline, and glutamine — components that are key to rebuilding the gut and gut lining. This wonderful broth can be added to stews, soups, and smoothies and sipped throughout the day.
Bone Broth extremely medicinal when it comes to gut restoration and repair. The amino acids in the bone broth support the healing of your intestinal lining. The gelatin in the bone broth also supports your joints and skin health and reduces cellulite.
Bone broth is full of calcium, magnesium, silicon, sulfur, phosphorous and is excellent for those who have suffered from mineral deficiencies or often feel weak. Bone broth also contains chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the compounds sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.
Bone broth is ideal food if you are training for competitions and want to add a boost of liquid fuel to your diet.
I add sea vegetables such as nori flakes or dulse to my bone broth as this is another way to add the more minerals we do not get from the food these days.
You will need:
• A large crock pot or stock pot with a lid
• 4 pounds of grass- feed beef bones, OR a pastured chicken bones
• 4 tablespoons Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar (helps to draw the minerals out)
• Veggies and spices (optional)
• Mason jars, wide-mouthed, for storage or any other glass containers
Spread the bones on the cookie sheet, sprinkle with vinegar and put in the oven at 350 for about 20 min. Take the bones out of the oven and transfer to a large pot. Cover them with water and boil it. Turn the heat down, cover with a lid and simmer for 24- 48 hours. If you decide to use veggies and fresh herbs add the 5 hours before its done.
When the broth is ready, strain the broth into another pot. Transfer the broth to the containers and store in the refrigerator.
After refrigerating for about a day, scrape off the fat that rises to the top. If it resembles jello, that means it’s very rich in gelatin!
Collagen is one of the vital foods on your list of gut-health foods because it helps heal your gut lining. Also, it’ll boost your metabolism, diminish cellulite, increase your energy, and help detoxify your body.
My favorite collagen is from the company Great Lakes. You can also purchase collagen from Neocell and Vital Proteins on Amazon.
I add it to my smoothies, a cup of water, my green juice or even mix into coconut milk yogurt for a boost of protein.
WATER KEFIR AND COCONUT WATER KEFIR
Water kefir is a carbonated beverage made from water with a kefir starter. Water kefir is rich in good bacteria. I like to sweeten it with different juices to enhance the taste.
Coconut water kefir is a fermented beverage made from young coconuts. It contains potassium, sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium, which is needed for healthy thyroid and digestion .
Beet kvass is my favorite drink! It is powerhouse blood and liver cleanser. It is made from fermenting beets with salt brine and is loaded with healthy bacteria, vitamin C, folic acid and vitamin B. It is super easy to make it at home, or it can be found at your local health food store.
To make beet kvass, just follow these simple instructions here:
Cultured foods are very easy to make, and they contain an array of natural enzymes and probiotics. Start with two tablespoons once a day and build up from there.
Cultured food will help restore your good gut flora by supporting healthy bacteria colonization. They will improve digestion and aid in natural enzyme activity, reduce sugar cravings and help cleanse your intestinal track and the colon, leaving your body free of toxic waste that hampers digestion.
CULTURED FOODS AND DRINKS:
• Cultured vegetables such as kimchi, pickles or sauerkraut
• Coconut milk kefir—homemade kefir has 65+ strains of good bacteria
• Coconut water kefir, such as Inner Eco brand, available in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods or other health food stores (which has beneficial microbial strains, more than most bottled, store-bought probiotics)
MY OTHER FAVORITE CULTURED DRINKS ARE:
• Kevita coconut water kefir—http://kevita.com
• Inner-Eco and Donna Gates Body Ecology Drinks—www.bodyecology.com
SOME OF MY FAVORITE CULTURED VEGETABLES ARE:
• Bubbies Cultured Foods—http://www.bubbies.com
• SunJay Kim Chi—http://sunjaskimchi.com
• Ozuke - http://ozuke.com
• Rejuvenative Foods—http://www.rejuvenative.com/a-guide-to-raw-cultured-vegetables/
Hope that now you know what to eat to keep your gut healthy!
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