Bone Broths are all about providing your body with an abundance of nutrients to increase the bodys natural ability to heal and strengthen internally. Bone broths contain nutrients such as minerals, amino acids, vitamins and enzymes in forms that your body can easily absorb.
Bone marrow is another reason to incorporate bone broth into your healthy lifestyle. The content of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids in bone marrow help the immune system by carrying oxygen to cells in the body and is one of the most effective remedies for the gut lining. Consuming bone marrow will help improve brain function, maintain healthy bones, support the immune system and speed up the healing process of any injury or fracture. This is what makes bone broth such a powerful healer and protector.
A study conducted by Nebraska Medical Centre found that specific nutrients that were produced when making chicken broth reduced inflammation in the respiratory system and improved digestion. Research is also proving bone broth to boost the immune system and significantly improve asthma, allergies, joint paint, arthritis and many more conditions when consumed regularly.
The following are just some of the reasons why you should be jumping on the bone broth bandwagon.
1. Gut Health
The healing and regenerative properties of the amino acids produced in bone broth can significantly improve crohns disease, IBS, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease and acid reflux. The amino acids work toward repairing and regenerating the mucosal tissue in the gastrointestinal system. The mineral content in bone broths contain chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine which reduce inflammation. This is important as most inflammatory diseases start in the gut and progress to systemic inflammation .
2. Immune System
Bone Broths provide an abundance of nutrients which work to strengthen the immune system. This can significantly improve allergies, asthma and skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. A strong immune system will prevent colds and flu, infections such as tonsillitis, otitis media (ear) and respiratory infections such as bronchitis.
Bone broths increase collagen which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite. The collagen increases the connective tissue and tightens the skin making you look younger.
4. Bone Strength
The minerals in bone broth specifically calcium, works to improve and support bone strength, growth and development. This is important throughout different stages of life such as:
- Pregnancy – Due to the high demand in specific nutrients during pregnancy, bone broth is a perfect meal to incorporate weekly (at least) to support growth & development of bubs bones as well as supporting mums bone strength.
- Children – To ensure healthy growth and development bone broths can support bone density and strength as well as general health and wellbeing
- Menopause – Menopausal women will benefit from the intake of easily absorbed minerals, especially calcium from bone broth. Throughout the stages of menopause oestrogen levels drop significantly which increases the risk of developing osteoporosis. Calcium amongst other essential nutrients are necessary in preventing bone loss and the development of osteoporosis.
- Predispositions – If you have family history of osteoporosis or any sort of bone density condition then bone broths will be a great meal to add to your prevention plan.
If you are planning on conceiving in the future or if you’re having trouble conceiving then bone broths can be a great addition to a preconception/fertility health plan. Planning to have a baby is a very important time to think about your health and the health of your partner. Creating a wonderfully healthy and balanced environment internally is the best way to support your reproductive system and ensure your baby has the healthiest environment to grow and develop. Bone broth provides an abundance of biocompatible, easily absorbed nutrients which create health and balance. These nutrients can also help to improve sperm quality, motility and quantity.
If your are struggling to conceive and would like more information on preconception and fertility plans please contact me via email.
To detox we need to support the eliminatory systems such as the skin, kidneys, bowel, lymph and the liver. If we do not ensure that each of these systems are functioning at their best then the toxins are likely to simply move from one system to the other. For example, the liver is constantly striving to filter, synthesise hormones, produce cholesterol, produce bile and many more processors that occur within the liver. When we do not live a lifestyle or have a healthy diet to support it’s functionality then this can result in a variety of issues such as headaches, acne, skin irritation, poor digestion & reflux due to inadequate concentration of bile production. The essential nutrients in the bone broth can regenerate damaged liver cells, support the eliminatory systems and increase the bodys ability to detoxify as a whole.
As I mentioned above, the mineral content in bone broths contain chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine which work to reduce inflammation. There are also certain ingredients you can add to the bone broth to increase the anti-inflammatory properties such as ginger and turmeric. These are also high in antioxidants and can help rid the body of free radicals which would also support detoxification.
Suggestions For Making Bone Broth
- Select certified organic animal products and produce where possible
- Add Apple Cider Vinegar to help draw the nutrients out into the liquid
- Slow cook at a low heat, this is beneficial in extracting all of the nutrients. Chicken can cook for 24 hours and beef can cook for 48 hours.
- Add Vegetables and herbs such as onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, carrot, celery, shallots, chives.
- If you’re going to add stock, ensure the stock is natural to avoid MSG, additives, preservatives and any other nasties.
Check out my Bone Broth recipe here!