You may have heard of bone broth before. Or you may be thinking of the chicken stock you typically use when you cook. There are some pretty big differences between the two. Chicken or beef stock is made by simmering bones and meat for a short time (4-6 hours) to gain the flavor of the meat left on the bones.

Bone broth is chicken or beef broth that has been cooker much longer (24-48 hours or 2-4 hours in a pressure cooker)and with more bones. The benefits of the longer cook time is to extract the gelatin from the bones, but also to release the nutrient compounds and minerals (namely collagen, but also glucosamine, amino acids, electrolytes, and calcium). Bone broth is nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and boosts the body’s healing.

Bone broth is one of the easiest foods you can add to your daily diet to: 
  • Treat leaky gut
  • Overcome food intolerance and allergies
  • Improve joint health
  • Reduce cellulite
  • Boost immune system

The minerals in bone broths are in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. It even contains chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the same pricey supplement you can buy in the store that helps reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. You can get all that from bone broth.

Here are six major benefits of consuming bone broth regularly:

1. Protects your joints

Bone broth is one of world’s best sources of natural collagen, the protein found in our bones, skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone marrow. It also contains gelatin, which acts like a cushion between our bones that helps them “glide” without friction. Gelatin also provides us with building blocks that are needed to form and maintain strong bones, taking the pressure off of aging joints and supporting healthy bone mineral density.

2. Good for your gut

Gelatin is beneficial for restoring strength to your gut lining and fighting food sensitivities (such as to wheat or dairy), helping with the growth of good bacteria in the gut, and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract. It is easily digested and soothing to your stomach and digestive system.

3. Maintains healthy skin

Collagen in the bone broth helps form elastin and other compounds in the skin that are responsible for maintaining youthful tone, texture and appearance. Collagen can also help reduce the visible signs of wrinkles, decrease puffiness and fight dryness and other signs of aging. People even report a decrease in cellulite when they consume bone broth regularly!

4. Supports your immune system

Because bone broth supports your gut health, it has a holistic effect on the whole body and the immune system. Leaky gut occurs when your intestinal wall becomes weak and tiny openings are formed. This leads to food particles seeping out into the bloodstream. The immune system detects these food particles and goes into overdrive to eliminate these intruders. This increases inflammation and dysfunctions all over the body and can lead to the immune system attacking healthy tissue. Collagen/gelatin and the amino acids proline, glutamine and arginine help seal these openings in the gut lining and support gut integrity.

Bone broth can even promote healthy sleep, boost energy during the day and support a healthy mood.

5. Promotes a healthy functioning metabolism

Amino acids found in bone broth have many roles in metabolism, including building and repairing muscle tissue, supporting bone mineral density, boosting nutrient absorption and synthesis, and maintaining muscle and connective tissue health. All of these are a factor in a healthy metabolism.

Bone broth is high in Glutamine, an amino acid that’s important for a healthy metabolism. It helps us maintain our energy by sending nutrients, including nitrogen, to our cells.

 

Bone broth benefits literally every part of your body, from your gut to your brain, from your muscles to your ligaments!

 

I encourage you to give this recipe a try and get some healing bone broth  in your diet. If you feel like you don’t have time or want to try it out before making a big pot of it, I also recommend Kettle & Fire Bone Broth  because I trust their quality.

Either way get your bone broth in and live a healthier life!

ingredients:

2 medium leeks, cleaned and cut in half crosswise

2 carrots, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

7 garlic cloves, smashed

2 bay leaves

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (optional)

3 pounds of assorted bones (I use a mixture of chicken bones
and chicken feet, pork bones, and beef bones)

8 cups of water (enough to cover the bones but not more than
2/3rd the capacity of the pressure cooker)

2 tablespoons of fish sauce

instructions:

Toss the veggies in the pressure cooker (make sure it’s at
least 6-quarts) and toss in your bones (frozen is fine). Then, cover with water
(make sure you don’t fill more than two-thirds capacity!).

Add the vinegar (optional) and fish sauce.

Then, cover and lock the lid, and set to high pressure.

Set the timer for 90-120 minutes. I usually set my Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker on high pressure for 2 hours—the broth only gets
better with more time.

When the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally
(10-15 minutes).

Remove the lid, skim of the scum (if you desire), and strain
the broth. Done!

*If using a stovetop pressure cooker, place the pot on a
burner set on high heat. Once the indicator pops up showing that the contents
of the pot have reached high pressure, immediately decrease the temperature to
the lowest possible setting to maintain high pressure (low is normally
adequate). When the timer goes off, turn off the burner and remove the pot from
the heat. Let the pressure release naturally (10-15 minutes).

 

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