Have you ever put on a pot of soup and thoroughly enjoyed the broth more than the veggies or meat in it? Many of the off-the-shelf soups that you buy contain a broth that is made of water and whatever meat is cooked in the soup which is quite healthy for you and tastes amazing on a cold winter day. But what if I told you that IF you were to drink the broth of the bones of that meat, the flavor would be so much richer and the health benefits escalated tenfold.
I love to get bones from my local Whole Foods or natural foods grocery store and make my own broth. It is preferable, of course, that the bones be from grass-fed and pasture raised animals. To use those bones and in a soup pot, crock-pot or dutch oven, make your own bone broth, you can change your whole digestive tract. Not to say you need to, but I did and still do.
Bone broth has so many healing properties and far more protein than just using the meat because you get the benefits of the marrow as well. I recently had surgery and the best thing for healing the body post surgery is protein. How many of you workout and lift weights? I do (before my surgery and as soon as I’m done recovering). How many of you drink a protein shake after your workout? EXACTLY! Because protein rebuilds the muscle. It also repairs bone, hair, nails and skin.
In this world of fad diets and repetitiveness of the same foods, our bodies have begun to become less compatible with many foods. Intolerances to many types of foods are soon to be of epidemic proportions, if not already. I personally have suffered from Leaky Gut Syndrome, Adrenal Fatigue and last but not least, metal toxicity. One of the key ingredients for helping my digestion has been bone broth. Because it’s cooked with the bones and the marrow, the broth, as it moves through the intestines, becomes gelatinous. As gross as this may sound, it actually coats the intestines allowing them to heal from the leakiness and thus makes your digestion problems better. Granted, it’s not the cure all and there are certainly other things that would need to be implemented (depending on your symptoms and the doctor’s instructions) but, for me, bone broth has been implemental in my healing through the years. And when I make it at home, I’ve used it to cook grains, soups and sauces. The flavors are spectacular.
- 2 lbs beef bones
- 3 celery stalks
- 1 small onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- Cook on low heat or 220º if using a dutch oven for 6-8 hours. Strain and store in fridge. I recommend using it within 5-7 days.