There’s been a lot of hype in the “real food” world lately about bone broth — and with good reason! This nutritious broth is rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health, plus it’s so cheap to make! In the traditional kitchens of yore, broth was used for everything from soups, stews, and sauces. In other words, it was an essential part of life and good health. Unfortunately, once Western medicine came into fashion and promised all sorts of miracles cures, natural remedies that had been used for centuries started falling out of practice. Now, I’m not going to get all sciency on you, but here are just some of the reasons you should incorporate bone broth into your diet:
1. It keeps you healthy
Chicken soup for a cold? We’ve all heard that before (and I hate to break it to you, but they weren’t talking about that canned stuff). But did you ever think of why? The broth contains vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals that help boost your immune system — and that the Standard American Diet is majorly lacking.
2. It’s every woman’s (and man’s) fountain of youth
Really. You can stop searching now (and forget all those expense creams, treatments, and procedures): bone broth has just what you need. It boosts collagen naturally thanks to its gelatin content and contains hyaluronic acid, an ingredient used commonly in high-end skincare products that’s touted for its ability to plump skin. It also contains keratin sulfate — keratin is a protein that helps strengthen hair, skin, and nails.
3. It makes your joints feel smooth as butter
If you have any joint problems, I’m sure you’ve heard of glucosamine and chondroitin. Both broth has both! It can help with joint pain, repairing cartilage, and ligaments. Collagen and hyaluronic acid come into play here, too — collagen helps strengthen, while hyaluronic acid cushions and lubricates joints and other connective tissues.
4. It’s a good source of protein
Bone broth contains gelatin, which is an incredible source of nutrition that is literally all protein. No fat, no carbs. Incorporating bone broth into your diet reduces the need for other protein consumption, which is not only good for your wallet considering how affordable bone broth is and how expensive meat is (organic and otherwise!), it’s good for the planet too.
5. It helps your body digest & detox
Food allergies? Indigestion? IBS? Leaky gut? Bone broth can help all of these conditions and more. The gelatin helps repair the lining of your stomach and prevent gut hyperpermeability, where undigested food particles can pass into the bloodstream causing your body to attack these “intruders” which then can lead to autoimmune conditions. Yikes! Broth also helps the liver detox thanks to its supply of glycine, yet another helpful amino acid.
Please note: I am not a doctor. This information should not be treated as medical advice — it’s just stuff I’ve picked up throughout my research of trying to find out what I can do to help me — and in turn I’m sharing in hopes that it’ll help you! For more information on the benefits of bone broth, see below:
This recipe is:
Bone Broth Made Easy
Please note that since bone broth is made using the nutrients from the bones and vegetables, it’s essential to use organic ingredients. You don’t want a stew of toxic pesticides and polluted bones from non-organic vegetables and unhealthy chickens!
- Bones from 1-2 whole organic free-range chicken (I used 1 as I have a smaller slow cooker)
- 3 carrots, rough chopped
- 3 stalks celery, rough chopped
- 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper
- filtered water
- any additional herbs and spices
1. Place vegetables in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add bones and cover with water. Add ACV, bay leaves, salt, and pepper.
2. Cook on low overnight, or as long as desired. You can take broth as desired and replace the amount taken with water as the broth continues to simmer. Remove from heat after about a week, or until chicken bones are easily crushed between fingers when removed from pot. Transfer to jars and store in fridge or freezer for easy access.