My favorite feeling blah remedy is bone broth. It’s soothing and comforting all by itself. Aside from that it does things like:
- Fight Inflammation
- Helps digestion
- Good for skin, hair and nails
- Provides support for our immune system
- Better nutrient absorption
- Provides gelatin for joints
- Packed with beneficial amino acids
- Seals leaky gut
Broth has been used in traditional kitchens since ancient times and culinary chefs know and use broth and have been for ages.
Many of our ancestors kept a pot of broth or stock on the cook stove. Because it’s so versatile, it made a convenient and easy soup base as well as using for so many other dishes.
Before the invention of the refrigerator, this was also a great way to keep the broth fresh. My friend Jamie refers to this method today as her continuous brew of broth. Dip out what you need today and add more water back to the pot and let it simmer until you need some more.
Because broth is so simple and easy to make, every kitchen should have some on hand. It’s the most economical to make it yourself. With that said, I know that not everyone has the time or wants to take the time to make it.
This is where there are some good sources available either in your local region or online.
If you choose to tackle making bone broth, here’s my basic simple recipe for making chicken broth (scroll down almost to the bottom). Please note that optimally you would use grass-fed beef bones for making beef broth and pasture raised chickens for your chicken broth.
I also know that many of you might not initially have access to these types of meat, so I often get asked about just using store bought or rotisserie chickens.
My answer is this: use what you have access to. If you truly want to make and consume bone broth and you don’t have the “right” bones, bloom where you are planted, as my friend Laurie Smith would say.
Make the best use of the ingredients you have. It’s all about baby steps and progressing forward from where you are at.
It’s not about doing everything right 100% of the time. It’s about literally starting somewhere and taking the initiative to continually make good nourishing food for you and your family.
I mentioned in the beginning some of the amazing benefits of broth. My favorite is the fact that this liquid gold or sunshine, as I sometimes call it is miraculous for the gut.
Your grandmother or mother may have fed you the timeless chicken soup when you didn’t feel well. The beautiful reason for this was, as modern research is now showing, that broth is especially helpful to our gut because of its high gelatin and collagen content that actually supports our gut health and the amino acids present help to reduce inflammation.
It’s also often said that 70-80% of our immune health is in our gut and it’s also called our second brain. So for this reason, when you are run down and feeling blue, consume broth or soup.
My favorite way to consume bone broth is as “my morning coffee.” Some chuckle and others say ah ha…that makes sense.
I literally warm some broth, add a splash of raw milk or cream and drink, just like most would their coffee.
It’s satisfying, it’s nourishing to my body, especially my gut and most of all it is a great way to add vital minerals that are otherwise hard to get a great source of, like calcium.
The last thing I’ll share are other ways to use this liquid gold or sunshine is this.
- Soup stock (vegetable soup, chicken soup, chili, etc.)
- Gravies and sauces are enhanced greatly
- Morning coffee (as I mentioned above)
- You can add it to rice, beans or veggies
- You can also dehydrate it, some just love their bouillon cubes
- You can make it into a very concentrated version and add water also
As you can see, there are so many uses for a good bone broth. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do and it becomes a staple of your kitchen, just like mine.
I recently read an article about Kobe Bryant, the Lakers player and it was touting his lifestyle dietary changes over the last few years and one of the major factors of change was the addition of bone broth to his meals both pre-game and after.
As an aging player, he knows he can’t eat the same as a 22 year old and still be on his game. When you clean up your diet, you clean up your life. Increased energy and faster healing are all benefits.
Do you currently make or consume bone broth? I’d love to hear how you use it and if not, do you plan to start?
To your health,
Holistic Wellness Mentor