Bone broth, vegetable broth – what’s all the hype about it?
Well, let’s just say right up front that it’s one of the healthiest fluids you can intake to help with your health and/or healing process.
Why? Because broth – bone broth especially – contains most of the nutrients you need to help heal you when you have the flu, a virus, or bacterial infection.
I’m talking about this today because as of late I’ve been basically forced into drinking this type of liquid to help me get through some things. I’ll be going to have a hospital procedure that requires I drink a LOT of fluid – broth being one of them. So, in helping me out, I decided to make a vegetable broth, that is both light and pretty tasty. Why? Because it was easy to make (didn’t need bones of any kind), thought it might add to the liquid I had to drink, and it gives me the benefits of having vegetables, even without having to chew anything!
What does it help you with?
Bone broth has so many benefits. Dr. Axe identifies the benefits of bone broth as follows: chicken broth in particular helps boost the immune system by reducing inflammation and improve digestion; it contains nutrient density (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others) that cannot be released unless you break down the meat/bones/ligaments/feet/organs by boiling for an extended period of time (a couple to a few days); it contains chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, which are great for joint health to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain; helps to heal leaky gut (intestinal permeability); it can boost detoxification (helps get rid of toxins, pesticides, artificial ingredients, and all kinds of chemicals from your body); contains collagen (remember last week’s post) is another nutrient that comes from bones to help with your connective tissue, seals the gastrointestinal lining (improving nutrient absorption), skin, hair and nails; gelatin (the breakdown of collagen) helps with food allergies and sensitivities, can assist in healing IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and acid reflux,
Vegetable broth is so easy to make and tastes amazing. All you need to make this one is a bunch of left-over vegetables, simmer on the stove or in the slow cooker and you have a nourishing, low calorie, great tasting drink that you can have any time during the day. It’s is a great detox drink that can help you keep full when you are going through any type of detox. As I’m writing this, I’m drinking a big cup of vegetable broth to help with my procedure prep as part of the fluids I need to drink.
Bone broth can be made from ANY bones you wish – chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish – your choice – or use a blend of them all to make a really nutrient dense broth to be drank in place of coffee or tea, or to put into a soup or stew.
Way back (not really that far back) in history, bone broth was used to help heal people of many maladies including joint pain, skin disorders, colds and flu. Bone broth also provides electrolytes badly needed by the body when you are run down, or after a strenuous workout, by providing calcium, magnesium, phosphorous , sodium and potassium. It also was considered natures multi-vitamin as when you boiled down the bones, you came up with all the necessary vitamins to help the body maintain a healthy state. So when someone says to you “drink your bone broth”, do it.
By the way, don’t just go to the store and buy that stuff they call bone broth on the grocery store shelves, as it probably contains some chemicals that really aren’t very good for you. If you want the real benefits of drinking bone broth, make your own. Put some bones (preferably grass fed or organic beef large marrow bones, or your choice of bones) into your slow cooker and cover with water, add a little salt, some apple cider vinegar (the one with the mother), and if you wish add in some vegetables (onions, carrots, garlic, and celery for added taste) and let it cook for a minimum of 24 hours and preferably 48 hours (the longer the better). You might want to bake them in the oven prior to slow cooking for a bit to brown up any meat that may be clinging to the bones that will add some colour to the broth once finished cooking. Bone broth freezes very well, so what you don’t use up right away, you can store for later use either in a container or use an ice cube tray to make smaller portions.
So if you are looking to maintain a healthy body, age gracefully, maintain healthy joints, or keep beautiful skin, hair, and nails – drink your bone broth every day. Or if you are looking to detoxify your body and get rid of nasty toxins, try vegetable or bone broth to help keep you satiated while detoxing.
Have a wonderful day and week ahead.