Who knew that bone broth is such a secret weapon for our good health?? Our great-grandmothers did! Besides being delicious and comforting, bone broth:
REPAIRS: Bone broth helps repair the gut wall, thus reducing chronic inflammation in the body. The gelatin found in bone broth helps to repair holes in the lining of the gut; a condition known as “leaky gut.” When foreign matter from our gut leaks out into the bloodstream, the immune system is triggered, and sets off the vicious cycle of inflammation.
HEALS: Bone broth contains amino acids that soothe and heal the lining of the gut. The gelatin in bone broth also protects and heals the lining of the digestive tract and heals joint pain and inflammation. The glucosamine in bone broth stimulates the growth of new collagen (bye-bye wrinkles!), repairs damaged joints and reduces pain and inflammation.
STRENGTHENS & ENERGIZES: In addition to keeping our joints healthy, our bones strong, and our hair, skin, and nails looking fabulous, this mineral-rich brown elixir balances our over-taxed immune systems and fights fatigue. Simmer a cup to battle that three o’clock slump!
Bone broth is available on many grocery store shelves now. Some of my faves are: Kettle & Fire, Pacific, and Ancient Nutrition (powdered formula). If you’re feeling “gutsy,” (pun intended), try making your own. Here’s a super simple crock pot recipe that will leave your house smelling like grandma’s, and your body feeling like Wonder Woman.
2 carrots chopped medium
2 celery stalks chopped medium
1 medium onion chopped medium
2 cloves garlic
3-4 lbs beef or chicken bones or combination of both
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Simply place the bones in your slow cooker & chop your veggies/garlic…don’t even need to peel! Fill the slow-cooker with filtered water. Season with a generous amount of salt (about 1 tablespoon). Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and cook on low and cook for 18-72 hours. Strain the broth through cheesecloth or a strainer and cool. Remove the fat layer on top with a spoon and discard.