The Next Hot Thing: Bone Broth for Healing
There are few foods as nourishing and comforting as homemade broth.
Throughout history, all cultures have created broths from animal bones. As the bones soak in water, minerals and nutrients are transferred from the bone to the water. The broth becomes a rich source of phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, glucosamine and other minerals which are easily absorbed in to the body.
Plus, homemade broth is rich in gelatin. Gelatin is an excellent source of protein that has been hailed for centuries as the most nutritious food product available. Gelatin can help fight degenerative join diseases, help support the connective tissue in the body, help to heal the gut and do amazing things for your skin and hair. Plus, the protein in gelatin is more readily absorbed into the body than protein from muscle meats.
Nutrition pioneer Ray Peat has also theorized that the amino acids found in muscle meats (methionine, cysteine, and tryptophan) should be balanced with a rich source of gelatin which counters their anti-metabolic effects and leads to a more efficient metabolism and healthy thyroid. Glycine, the primary amino acid in Gelatin, has also been shown to:
- Help digestion by improving gastric acid secretion
- Repair the healthy mucosal lining of the stomach
- Promote sleep and reduce stress
- Prevent free radical damage and inflammation
- Bone broth plays an important role in my detoxification methods because of its many healing properties.
- Bone Broth Recipes
My favorite bone broth recipes come from the book Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats By Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD. I have shared them here for my readers and clients and encourage everyone to buy their book.
- Chicken Stock Recipe
- Beef Stock Recipe
- Fish Stock Recipe
Every day I eat one of these wonderful broths and, at all times, I have one cooking! You can easily make these recipes on your home stovetop. However, I have recently discovered the benefits of using a slow cooker. The slow cooker not only makes my daily routine easier, but makes the broth far more gelatinous.
If your broth does not turn out to be as gelatinous as you want it to, I recommend you add two table spoons healthy healing collagen from Great Lakes Gelatin, Gelatin Collagen while it is heating and you will get all the gelatin minerals you need. Just remember that gelatin can be very temperamental and over cooking can destroy it.
I believe that bone broth should be part of everybody’s daily routine. But I stress that it must be homemade! Typical off-the-shelf, packaged stock is usually full of dangerous preservatives. Even the highest quality, organic stocks and broths cannot compare to the nutritious benefits of homemade broth. Trust me, these recipes are as easy as they are delicious.