Nourishing Bone Broth

bone broth

Bone broth is made by slowly simmering chicken, beef, pork or fish bones for an extended period of time in water with other mineral rich vegetables and anti-inflammatory spices. The longer the simmer goes, the more benefits one reaps from the broth. 

Many modern diseases have been directly linked to an unhealthy gut environment. This is thanks to today' diet that is too high in sugar, cooked in processed oils and made from mass produced grain, stripped from their nutritional fiber and metabolizing into, yep, more sugar.

As you can imagine, this does a number on our digestive tract. The liver is forced to work in overdrive and the micro-flora in our intestinal tract can quickly become balanced. This allows harmful bacteria to flourish and, bingo, damage your digestive system. Food allergies and sensitivities, skin issues, brain fog, constipation and unwanted weight gain or loss are all outcomes of an aggravated gut. 

Bone broth can actually reverse this damage and it's history of medicinal uses and health benefits are deeply rooted in multi-cultural tradition and ancient history. So if Hippocrates had it figured out back in 500 BC with his belief that "all disease begins in the gut," it's about time that modern medicine figured this out too!

The healing properties of bone broth come from the important elements in bones like electrolyte minerals, powerful amino acids, bone marrow and the gelatin and collagen (from cartilage). These properties are proven to create a soothing effect to the gut lining and, in a sense, healing and sealing the intestinal tract. Additionally, the liquid form of broth is easily digestible and can be more beneficial than taking supplements for those with severe digestive issues.

Drink your Bone Broth as a healing supplement to your whole food diet or use it in your daily cooking of soups, stews and grains.

Incredible healing properties of Bone Broth:

  1. Supports bones, muscles and joints. Like heals like.
  2. Provides a strong source of calcium.
  3. Lowers inflammation (not only in the gut, but elsewhere in the body) through the delivery of amino acids like glycine, proline and arginine. 
  4. Wards off infections (like the cold or flu) through the "normalizing" effects from agents found in cartilage.
  5. Gelatin promotes shiny hair, strong nails and teeth.
  6. Heals leaky gut, as well as eradicates the chronic candida, parasites or bacteria that cause the leaky gut.
  7. Helps to overcome food allergies or sensitivities by building up the correct enzymatic activity and bile production in your digestive process.
  8. Aids sleep and relaxation by calming down the autonomic nervous system.
  9. Improves mental clarity.
  10. Eradicates cellulite and promotes weight-loss

Ingredients:

1 large yellow onion, chopped in large chunks
2-3 carrots, quartered, diced into half inch pieces
2-3 celery stalks diced in half inch pieces
6 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
2 large bay leaves (or 4 small ones)
3-4 sprigs of thyme
1 tablespoon dried oregano ( or a few fresh fresh sprigs)
1 tablespoon crushed coriander seeds
1/2 tablespoon crushed peppercorns
1-2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (brings out the minerals from the bones)
4 lbs organic chicken backs, necks, heads, and/or feet

Method:

  1. Heat a large pot on medium and place the onion, carrot, celery, garlic with 2 cups of water and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add spices, salt, vinegar, stir to mix.
  3. Add chicken and just enough water to cover all ingredients.
  4. Within the first 30-45 minutes, skim off dark foam that rises to the surface. These are impurities that have no nutritional value and will immediately cook off to the top.
  5. Simmer on low, stirring occasionally, for 5-48 hours until chicken is falling apart, adding water as needed. Keeping the water level about an inch from the top of the pot is a good rule of thumb. The longer it goes, the more nutritional value it has. 
  6. Once ready to remove from heat, strain the broth from all solid contents and discard the solids.
  7. Let the broth cool to room temperature and freeze for later use. This may take up to a couple of hours and will cool faster if you transfer it out of the pot into a separate large bowl. 
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