Bone Broth – How important are the healing benefits?

Chicken Bone Broth

 

I talk a lot about healing and being proactive with your health, but I really haven’t talked a lot about why and the how.

A few months ago I was approached about the possibility of providing some of the healing foods that I prepare for my own family. Which I now do and love every minute of being able to help so many others.

I’ve shared with you that I’m an experimenter by nature, so playing in the healing foods world came naturally to me. I was intrigued by all the claims that surround the benefits of “healing” foods.

Because this is my passion, I dove in head first. One of the first things I began making was bone broth. It’s easy to make and the benefits are spectacular.

I joke with many about this being my “morning coffee”. I pour some broth into a mug that I’ve placed in some hot water, slowly warm and then pour in a splash of raw milk in it. It’s my little slice of heaven in the early morning hours when I’m having my devotional time.

I purely love the essence of this, but wow, the way it makes you feel. Recently I had a woman who I had been coaching on the benefits of broth because her big issue has been healing her leaky gut.

One of the first protocols we started with was bone broth. Her results were spectacular. After just 3 days, she had more energy, she felt better physically and mentally and she couldn’t thank me enough.

She was amazed that just implementing this one little thing could and did make such a big difference. It’s powerful what can and does happen when you’re willing to dive in and nourish your mind, body and soul.

I’m sure you’ve heard me say that our immune system is made up largely (70-80%) by the health of our gut (intestinal tract). Because our modern day diets consist of too much sugar and not enough healthy fats and beneficial bacteria’s, we suffer miserably.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Nutritional Protocol, she states that bone broth is excellent for “healing and sealing” your gut through your diet.

Bone broth or “stock” play major roles. Because it is easily digestible, it helps heal the lining of your gut, and contains valuable nutrients. Because abnormalities in your immune system are a common outcome of GAPS, and such immune abnormalities can then allow for the development of virtually any degenerative disease.

There are many reasons for making and consuming bone broth into your diet. The following healing benefits attest to its status as “good medicine.”

  • Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion: The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion.
  • Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, etc.: A study published over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, significantly mitigating infection
  • Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage
  • Fights inflammation: Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects. Arginine, for example, has been found to be particularly beneficial for the treatment of sepsis (whole-body inflammation).

    Glycine also has calming effects, which may help you sleep better

  • Promotes strong, healthy bones: As mentioned above, bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation
  • Promotes healthy hair and nail growth, thanks to the gelatin in the broth

Benefits of broth don’t end there. As explained by Sally Fallon Morell,

“Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.”

So you see, it’s important for not only your healing journey but it’s important for so many other factors that are almost like bonuses. Imagine what you and your life will be like once you start inputting health and healing. Do you feel better, look better, have more energy to go live your life out loud? If you’d like to tackle this, and I highly recommend you do, here’s my recipe for Chicken Bone Broth (scroll down about 3 or so). While I also make beef broth, which is done slightly differently, my go to is chicken from pastured birds.

What has been your experience with making and consuming bone broth? New and have questions, ask away. Either way, leave your comments below!

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

Are you proactive or reactive?

Jamaica

We are already more than mid-way through May. Time is flying by. My guess is that you’re already planning for the kids or grandkids to be out of school and for family vacations.

My daughter Ashlie and her husband Ryan are heading to Jamaica the last week of this month. I’m excited for them. It’s much needed time away so they can regroup and refresh to come back and dive into their responsibilities of being great parents as well as the busy lives they lead.

Guess who Aubrie and Ava are staying with while they are gone? Yep, me….and guess what else that means? I get to be in total charge of what they eat too!

You might be wondering why I’d be excited about that. Well, it’s because as busy parents, Ash and Ryan don’t always make the best decisions in their food choices. I will brag though and tell you that they have certainly come a long way from where they used to be. Click here to continue reading and to watch the video I have for you. You won’t want to miss it.

I would say they probably are eating good food about 70% of the time. So we still have some room for improvement, that’s okay make strives every single day.

That being said, I feed them things like raw milk, which they love, soaked baked oatmeal, and homemade most everything, using grass-fed meats, cheeses, pastured eggs, fermented fruits and veggies, etc.

Why am I sharing this? Because I get to make a difference for them and their health. Through this process they get to tell me, they love my cooking (as I blush) and that I know I’m helping to aid in their healing process.

Aubrie had terrible eczema when she was very young. She’s now 7 and only occasionally has some minor skin eruptions. This means we’re doing a lot of things right. Ava is 4 now and we’re warding off pre-asthmatic symptoms.

In our society today, there are more and more incidences of skin disorders, ADHD, diabetes, obesity, asthma, autism, auto-immune disorders, etc.

The list goes on and on and on. Doesn’t it make you wonder why that is? Do you ever stop to think that perhaps there are some missing links here?

I do. That’s why I wanted to put together this 3-part video series for you about Healing and being Proactive. Click here for Part 1.

You see, if we already have illness and sickness, we need to learn how to begin the healing process and if we’re pretty healthy, then we need to be proactive.

Either way, the ball is in our court. We get to be the ones that decide how and what will help us make the best possible decisions.

I hope you find this little series helpful in your healing journey. I think I said I’d deliver these daily in the videos, but I think I’ll space them out a bit, just because I know you’re busy and I don’t want you to get overwhelmed with so much stuff in your inbox.

Remember, I am on this health and healing journey with you.

Kellie

PS: If you have questions at all along the way, please hit the “Let’s Talk” button and schedule some your one on one time with me. I’ll be happy to answer your questions.