The Beauty and Healing Power of Broth
20 October 2016
Tis the season for colds, flu, allergies, and other ailments! One of the best remedies is homemade broth!
So what exactly is “broth”? Broth is “a mineral rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs, and spices”. It can be made from bones of preferably grassfed beef or bison or lamb, wild-caught fish, or organic or pastured raised poultry, and vegetables (such as carrots, celery, and onions) and spices (such as basil, oregano, garlic, etc). Broth is the cheapest, most nutrient-dense food out there and super easy (and healthier than store-bought) to make!
Broth is high is calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, which all promote bone and tooth health. Because of its high collagen content, bone broth supports joints, hair, skin, and nails, and may even help reduce or eliminate cellulite since it also supports smooth connective tissue! Bone broth contains gelatin, which works as spackle, patching up small holes in the digestive track and reducing inflammation.
“Leaky Gut” occurs if your digestive track has small holes and is permeable, allowing partially undigested food, toxins, viruses, yeast, and bacteria to have the opportunity to pass through your intestine and into your bloodstream.
Leaky gut damages microvilli (small, finger-like cells along the walls of intestines), and makes them unable to process and utilize the nutrients and enzymes that are vital to proper digestion. Over time, the body will start to attack anything passing through and out of the intestines, which can cause inflammation, allergic reactions, and other autoimmune diseases.
The Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to treat those with allergies and other autoimmune diseases. The GAPS diet begins as an elimination diet, which means removing all inflammatory foods (high-fiber foods (such as beans and grains), processed foods (sugar and flour), and anything that is going to be difficult to digest).
Bone broth is very easily digested and contains immune-optimizing nutrients and minerals that are building blocks for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and allergies. As your leaky gut begins to heal and your health improves, certain foods can be added back in. Bone broth can remain a staple in your diet because it is so nourishing and healing for your body.
Since you’ll be extracting the minerals and nutrients from bones and drinking them in concentrated form, make sure that the animal was as healthy as possible. To find good bones for broth:
Here’s an easy recipe for bone broth:
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: 8 hours 10 mins
Serving size: 16+
You'll also need a large stock pot or crockpot to cook the broth in and a strainer to remove the pieces when it is done.
Here’s one of my favorite recipes to make with broth:
Simple Gluten- & Dairy-free Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
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