Updated: Jul 8
Bone broth has gotten quite "trendy" lately! There's lots of packaged types sold in stores, some dry and some liquid. But making it at home, in my opinion is the best way to do it! You are in control of the overall flavor, plus you know the source of everything. In addition to just tasting amazing, bone broth is such a great source of nutrient and can do miraculous things inside of your body.
The bones themselves are rich in vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.
Also, brewing connective tissue into bone broth provides the body with natural compounds from the cartilage.Tissues and bones also contain collagen. Cooking collagen turns it to gelatin, which provides the body with amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins.
The main reason I turned to bone broth in my journey to wellness was to heal my leaky gut. Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins are able to "leak" through the intestinal wall. Unfortunately, mainstream medical professionals do not recognize leaky gut as a real condition.
The digestive system also plays an important role in protecting your body from harmful substances. The walls of the intestines act as barriers, controlling what enters the bloodstream to be transported to your organs. Small gaps in the intestinal wall called tight junctions allow water and nutrients to pass through, while blocking the passage of harmful substances. Intestinal permeability refers to how easily substances pass through the intestinal wall. When the tight junctions of intestinal walls become loose, the gut becomes more permeable, which may allow bacteria and toxins to pass from the gut into the bloodstream. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as "leaky gut."
When the gut is "leaky" and bacteria and toxins enter the bloodstream, it can cause widespread inflammation and possibly trigger a reaction from the immune system.
Common symptoms of leaky gut syndrome include bloating, food sensitivities, fatigue, digestive issues,skin problems, autoimmune diseasese, disruptive menstrual cycles for women, and more.
Drinking bone broth can help repair the your intestinal lining because it is rich in an amino acid called glutamine.
A 2017 study in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care notes, glutamine supplementation helps heal the intestinal barrier in human and animal models. As a 2017 study in the journal Nutrients says, people with inflammatory bowel disease tend to have lower levels of some amino acids in their bodies. For these people, getting additional amino acids into their diets may help with some symptoms of the condition. Drinking bone broth daily may be a simple way to get anti-inflammatory amino acids into the body. In my steps to reversing my autoimmune hashimotos I made bone broth in huge batches, and kept it frozen, and drank it every single day. It was an essential part in healing my body. After years of multiple antibiotics (I had years of issues with my kidneys and was on altered antibiotics for almost 3 years) plus a disrupted system from continuous birth control I had all the tell tale symptoms of leaky gut. I knew I had to repair from the inside out! Not only was this a simple step to implement in my healing, it was also a delicious one.
Nowadays I still continue making bone broth! I love having it at the ready in my freezer to have to use for soups or even just to drink as is. It was one of the first "foods" I gave to my two youngest too and wow- do they love it!.
Here's my super simple recipe below, along with how I store it.
3-4 pounds assorted beef bones and connective tissues
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup pink Himalayan salt
Water to cover all bones
Fresh rosemary (about 4 sprigs)
2 lemons sliced in half
2 onions sliced in half
2 celery stalk bases
Put all items into a 7 quart pot and cover with water. Simmer on medium/low heat for 8 hours and skim the top as needed. Strain out all the bones and veggies and enjoy the beautiful broth!
We like to freeze the broth in individual sized 16 oz deli containers and freeze to keep on hand!
These are the ones I get HERE