I’d never imagine in my life I’d be so head over heels about a soup made from bones.
I guess you can say I have quite the man crush on the rich, brown liquid that fills my coffee cup each morning in replacement of my coffee! It makes me feel warm both inside and outside. I know I do my body some real good and it tastes awesome so … why not?
There was a time, not long ago, when bone broth was a part of just about every meal we consumed in this country as it provided the base for soups, gravies, and stews. Unfortunately, with the disappearance of the local butcher and the invention and convenience of processed foods, the art of making bone broth came to be a lost art and disappeared from our daily lifestyle. These days, very few of us even know what it is, or why we should be consuming it.
So today I thought I’d share with you my own Top 3 reasons why Bone Broth is the Bomb and should be part of everyone’s lifestyle. So, here we go!
Bone broth makes your joints feel as smooth as a hot knife in butter.
Bone broth is loaded with glucosamine – yep, those supplements that seemingly everyone is taking for joint health. Bone broth is real food supplementation. When you consume broth you also get chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, etc.
What’s more, the glucosamine we get from bone broth is resistant to digestion and is absorbed in its intact form as opposed to supplementation which depends on the integrity of every individual’s digestive system.
It’s truly powerful stuff!
Bone broth makes your hair, skin, and nails sooo much better.
I know people who, in a quest for a youthful appearance, will pay top dollar for products that boost collagen levels (you know, the little jars of woman creams). Collagen found in bone broth is an even better form of collagen which is the main constituent of hair, skin, and nails. Soft nails anyone? As we age, production of collagen declines and we start to see the outward signs of aging. In the form of bone broth, collagen is has greater bio-availability, which means that your body knows how to process it better than collagen in cream form, and it gives better results!
Did you know that eating the skin off your chicken will also give you a load of collagen??
Bone Broth Heals Your Gut!
One of the most vital nutrients for healing the gut is gelatin. Yep, the stuff that makes the Jell-O jiggle. There was a time when gelatin was the most studied nutrient under the sun for all of its healing virtues. Times have certainly changed.
To make a long story short, the intestinal lining is supposed to be permeable in order for nutrients to pass through. However, this lining can become too permeable due to lifestyle factors such as poor diet, stress, long-term contraceptive use, as well as bacterial and fungal overgrowths. Just think of poking huge holes in your window screens at home.
This is how leaky gut, or gut “hyper permeability” works. Undigested food particles can slip through the gut lining and pass directly into the bloodstream. When this happens, the immune system freaks out and starts attacking the very foods you eat – we call these food sensitivities.
What does bone broth have to do with any of this? Well, the gelatin in bone broth spackles the excess holes in the gut lining, so to speak. It’s quite the handyman, and should be part of any gut-healing protocol.
So I hope I gave you good enough reason as to why Bone broth should be part of your daily food intake…I know I will NEVER go back!