The big thing to get with bone broth is it HEALS YOUR GUT!
Need I say more. It’s a winning home curative that shouldn’t be passed up. If you have any health complaint, that’s right ANY health issue, bone broth is for you. It’s likely, though, you’re on this page because you have digestive issues. Right? You possibly already know you have leaky gut. Here’s the thing, I’m convinced, over time, that bone broth is as good as putty in those leaking holes and healing can actually occur. Slowly, but surely.
I’m a broth convert. My slow cooker is cooking up a healthy brew every week. Once I began consuming broth daily, instead of once in a while, my healing really stepped up. I’ve been sipping broth almost daily for 6 months now and I know my food sensitivities have significantly diminished.
Old fashioned kitchen healing
There is nothing new about it, it’s just being rediscovered. Broth’s reputation as a digestive aid goes back thousands of years. It’s a staple in traditional diets of virtually every culture. Our modern cooking practice has quite simply gotten off track, our guts have suffered and our health is not so great as a consequence.
Here are 12 reasons why bone broth is good for your gut
1. CONCENTRATED GOODNESS IN ONE MEAL
Locked away inside bones are a wealth of essential nutrients – anti-inflammatory and gut-healing proteins, healthy fats, and a wealth of minerals (calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium) just waiting to work their tiny miracles.
Consider it economical even. Broth is such a concentrated source of protein that you can basically reduce your consumption of meat. (Your friendly gut bacteria would probably appreciate extra vegetables anyway)
2. EASY TO DIGEST
When you have a compromised gut lining, many nutrients in food don’t get properly absorbed. Bone broth is a meal you can count on to be easily broken down, digested and absorbed. It’s not surprising that gut healing diets such as GAPS and SCD almost exclusively have patients drink broth in the early stages of healing.
One of the most critical nutrients for healing the gut is gelatin; that gooey stuff that makes food set and go all wobbly. A gelatinous broth provides the building blocks for growing the cells of the gut lining and has a soothing effect on areas of inflammation. It’s putty in those holes remember.
Homemade bone broth is a nutrient-dense source of natural collagen that is a winner for digestion, and other things such as bone strength, flexibility and youthful, plump skin. (Give me plump skin please!) Collagen is also made up of rocking amino acids.
5. AMINO ACIDS
Broth is a plentiful source of amino acids. Four biggies are Proline, Glycine, Arginine & Glutamine. These amino’s are so impressive I could write about them all individually.
Keeping it simple, though. In relation to gut health specifically, these wonderful amino acids, help build tissues that line the colon and GI tract and generally support healthy digestive function in loads of ways you can’t ignore.
It’s not uncommon for people to take these amino acids in supplement form because it can be hard to get enough of them from diet alone. (Apart from consuming bone broth, of course!) Glutamine is a personal fave of mine that I take morning and night and have done for years. It’s a supplement advocated by GAPS that noticeably accelerated my healing.
6. DETOXES YOUR BODY
The amino acid glycine produces glutathione, which is kind of like the queen bee of your immune system. It helps spring clean your liver and detoxify your body; it removes toxins like mercury, pesticides and other nasty chemicals. If you’re interest, to know more I recommend you read, Glutathione, the mother of all Antioxidants
7. SUPPORTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
The gut is an incredibly important barrier between your body and the outside world. It’s hard to fathom, but much of your immune system is actually found in the gut. So, any food that you eat that supports the gut, supports your immune system. It’s that simple. The whole kit and caboodle (high gelatin / collagen / amino acids) in broth all help reduce inflammation, which, in turn, supports your immune system.
8. HELPS OVERCOME FOOD SENSITIVITIES
The great news is, once you begin sealing up some of those holes and restoring strength to your gut lining, you’ll notice less food sensitivities.
9. HELPS REPOPULATE GOOD BACTERIA
Nothing flourishes when your gut integrity is compromised, and that includes the good guys, the little healthy gut critters known as probiotics living in your gut.
It’s a replenishing, healing cycle of restoration and renewal this leaky gut business. Heal your gut, restore gut flora. Restore gut flora, heal your gut. Over and over, over and over. But the aim of the game is to cultivate an awesome environment for good bacteria to thrive in.
10. GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN TOO
Don’t forget the brain. The gut and brain are in this together. The bonus is; bone broth is great for mental health as well. I say to my kids. “A happy tummy is a happy mummy”. Bone broth can chill you out, relax your mood and help reduce stress. Who doesn’t want a bit more of that!
11. YOU’LL BECOME A BETTER COOK
Health benefits aside for a moment, real homemade broth makes a meal taste so much better. You might even get more compliments on your cooking! I can’t say it better than the Sally Fallon:
“In European cuisines, rich stock forms the basis of those exquisite, clear, thick, smooth, satisfying and beautifully flavoured sauces that seem to be produced by magic. The magic is in the stock, made from scratch with as much care and attention to detail as the final dish.”
Traditional kitchens imbued dishes with layers of flavour and nuance. Today, this sort of tradition is considered too hard, unnecessary and even a bit scary! It’s far easier to unwrap a cube than handle animal flesh and bones. We’ve all gotten a bit squeamish. Give that up.
12. HELLO, MORE FLAVOUR.
The instant, big BANG chemical flavour will never match the real, slow-cooked, deal. Say goodbye to packet flavour forever!
Before I knew better, I bought the powdered stuff; oh, along with trillions of other jars, packets and sauces. I used to mix them all up thinking I was being creative. What a crock! If someone had taken my pantry of additives away, I would have been completely lost. These days I have so much more room in my pantry! (Less room in my freezer though). Just the other day my son said; “Mum, I think you’re becoming a better cook”. I just smiled and thanked him. I knew it was my wickedly good stock charming his taste buds.
Your body will thank you for it!
So, if you haven’t started making it, I invite you to. Just make one batch and see how you go. Make it with love. Buy organic ingredients and treat it as if it were medicine. You know it’s a gift for your body, don’t you?
Gut healing is slowly achievable with broth, and you will actually enjoy it; both making it and drinking it. It really is the ultimate comfort food.
MY REFERENCES AND VALUABLE FURTHER READING
Weston A Price Foundation – Soup-stenance
Nourishing Broth – Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel – An old-fashioned remedy for the modern world
The Healthy Home Economist – The Crucial Reason You Need More Gelatin in Your Diet
Western A Price Foundation – Broth is Beautiful
Health Ambition – The Many Health Benefits of Bone Broth for Digestion, Arthritis, and Cellulite
Dr Axe. Food is Medicine – Bone Broth Benefits for Digestion, Arthritis and Cellulite