I really would have never thought I would come to love bone broth. Drinking it and making it from scratch? The thought of making bone broth grossed me out in the beginning. The idea of boiling bones for days sounded daunting and I was unwilling to take all the steps necessary to make this what I now call, my pot of gold, liquid gold, the real comfort food. This medicinal food that “heals and seals” has come to be the one true food I can no longer live without.
Now that I have experienced the goodness of bone broth and how revitalizing I feel from drinking it daily, I now look forward to making bone broth often. When I get home from the butcher on a Saturday morning and open my bags, at the first sight of the bones, I’m not disgusted actually, my mouth begins to water. What a hoot!
Today I want to share the excitement I have for bone broth. Although bone broth is becoming trendy, this broth has been around before pots were created. There is an old proverb from South America, “good broth will resurrect the dead.” I think that speaks volumes to how powerful this broth really is.
Bone broth is an excellent source of minerals and it is easy to digest. I have believed for a long time that my body can heal itself when I eat foods that are very nutritious. I just didn’t know what those foods were until I began to educate myself on nutrition.
A Little History about Bone broth
Many cultures, for centuries, have known the benefits of bone broth and knew the healing effects from drinking it. Dr. Kayla Daniel, vice president of the Weston A. Price foundation and coauthor (with Sally Fallon Morell) of the book Nourishing Broth:
“Bone broth goes way back to the Stone Age, when they were actually cooking broth in turtle shells and in skins over the fire.”
They hunted animals and used all the parts, never throwing anything away. The fat, the organs, and the collagen found in the bones are the most nutrient dense parts of the animal. When collagen is cooked in the broth it turns into a gelatin.
Gelatin solidifies and looks like a very thick gravy when is it cooled. The chinese used gelatin as a reparative agent.
In the 1700’s the French began to study the benefits of gelatin. Later the French would use bone broth as a way to feed the their armies and homeless population throughout Paris and across other cities. The French continued to work on their gelatin research well into the 1950’s.. it was found that gelatin was quite helpful in treating an array of diseases such as, diabetes, jaundice, cancer, muscle and infectious diseases.
Benefits of bone broth and why it’s so healing for our bodies.
Other benefits of bone broth include;
Helps fight infection and colds
Alleviates sore throats
Helps heal from injuries
Helps us sleep better
Slows down the aging process
Builds healthy teeth and bones
Helps to reduce pain and inflammation
It is especially helpful in alleviating pain from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis.
Bone broth is probably the best healing food for leaky gut. It heals and re-seals the gut lining. Bone broth has important amino acids essential to gut health: glutamine, arginine, glucosamine, glycine and proline.
Having a leaky gut can develop into a whole host of autoimmune diseases (when the body attacks itself) such as crohn’s and lupus but also can lead to chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
According to an article found on Dr.Mercola’s website titled, Is Bone Broth the New Superfood?, it states, “Leaky gut is the root of many allergies and autoimmune disorders, for example. When combined with toxic overload, you have a perfect storm that can lead to neurological disorders like autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities.
One of the main foods that you use is bone broth, because not only is it very easily digested, it also contains profound immune-optimizing components that are foundational building blocks for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.”
Some of the minerals found in broth are calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. Trace minerals doesn’t sound like much but they are just as important as major minerals. Bone broth provides so many vital nutrients that many of us are lacking. And consuming this goodness on a regular basis is necessary, practical and cost-effective way of getting those nutrients in the body. It states in a post on traceminerals.com, “Consumed in proper ratios, minerals and trace minerals have a profound effect on human health: they transport life-giving oxygen to the body; aid in the assimilation of other nutrients; form building blocks such as amino acids, hormones, and proteins; and can even act as antioxidants. Basically your entire body—including your hair, nails, bones, blood and nerves—relies on major and trace minerals for its proper function.”
Making bone broth is pretty simple and cheap to make when you see how much broth you can make with just 5 pounds of beef bone. There are a few ways to make broth and it is up to you if you wish to add herbs and vegetables. This is optional. You can make it plain and add herbs and seasonings later. One important ingredient you must add every time you make broth is apple cider vinegar to the pot before you start to cook it. The vinegar excrete the minerals from the bones and are released in the pot. I used Chef Shane Kelly’s recipe on You Tube to learn how to make the broth.
My favorite way to drink bone broth is in a mug with sea salt, fresh minced garlic and a tbsp. of grass-fed butter or a tbsp. of coconut oil. I use my electric hand mixer to blend and make it frothy on top. Yum.
Bone broth is more than just a supplement, it is a life line for me. It sustains me, comforts me, it gets me ready for my day or grounds me and prepares me to wind down for the evening. A long time ago this country use to use wholesome rich fresh foods, a long time ago we were not afraid of fats and a long time ago our relatives knew sugar was bad, and people were not plagued with the diseases that face us today. Although much damage has been done to the soil here, we still have control over what we cook and how we cook it. I can’t imaging now cooking any other way than to cook wholesomely.
Weston Price Foundation
Chef Shane Kelly
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