The Beauty of Bone Broth
About a month ago I became somewhat obsessed with BONE BROTH!! All I can say is I just FEEL healthy. I've gotten so many compliments on my skin lately and I am feeling SUPER duper lean. I wanted to
share with you the benefit of bone broth, how I prepare mine and a couple of my favorite recipes :)
8 Things Bone Broth Can Do for Your Body**
1. Heal and seal your gut. A cup of bone broth a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome, but it's also good for protecting non-leaky guts, according to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements. The gelatin in the bones typically used for making broth (such as knuckles, feet, and other joints) is said to help seal up holes in intestines. (People who have leaky gut syndrome have porous intestinal lining.) This "patching" can help ease chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.
2. Protect your joints. Taking glucosamine supplements has long been used as a first line of treatment for people with joint pain, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine, too. Unlike pills, the broth offers other nutritional and health benefits that can help reduce pain. Chondroitin sulfate, which is found in the cartilage that protects joints, for example, has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.
3. Look younger. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen, which is also naturally occurring in the body as a joint protector and stabilizer. Experts are torn on whether the skin-firming, joint-strengthening benefits of ingesting collagen are there, but studies have shown an improvement in skin's elasticity and fine lines from collagen supplements. (Learn more about whether you should be adding collagen to your diet.)
4. Sleep better. Research has shown that glycine, found in bone broth, may help improve sleep and ward off fatigue.
5. Support healthy immune system. Because of bone broth's high concentration of minerals, Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, goes as far as to call bone broth a "superfood" that can strengthen your immune system. (Maybe your grandma was right about feeding you endless bowls of chicken soup when you got sick.)
6. Increase bone strength. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seep out into the broth, leaving you to sip all those essential nutrients for your own healthy bones.
7. Supplement your diet. While bone broth cannot (and should not) be your means for essential nutrients like amino acids, if you don't regularly eat meat, it can help supply amino acids from animal protein via bones. Amino acids are important for muscle recovery and energy—two key pieces of your fitness performance.
8. Eat healthier. While the bone broth trend might have started with drinkable broth in a cup, there are many other ways you can eat and cook with bone broth.
I've tried both beef and chicken broth and I have to say chicken is by far my favorite. While the beef was a little bit more flavorful, it had way more fat and honestly the bones totally creeped me out :P