Could you be missing out on reversing the aging process?
Do you want younger looking vibrant skin? Improved digestion? To melt unwanted fat away with little effort? Sound too good to be true? Join me as we discuss this recently rediscovered ancient elixir that has been used for thousands of years to help people express more health and vitality. Read through the end for the recipe and directions to prepare.
What is Bone Broth?
Many people, upon first learning about bone broth, mistakenly confuse it with soup stock. The two main differences between the two are (1) that typically, bone broth has more meat and connective tissue scraps on the bone and (2) the amount of time it takes to prepare.
While a soup stock is typically boiled for a few hours, bone broth is boiled anywhere from 12-24 hours while depending on the thickness of the bone. During the cooking process, you will need to skim foam and excess fat occasionally. The longer the cooking time, the richer the flavor will become.
This is the secret to its amazing healing power. It takes time to soften connective tissue and extract collagen from it.
Why is that important?
At a whopping 6 grams of protein and about 18 essential amino acids per tablespoon, gelatin contains key ingredients to speed up the production of cartilage in your joints.
This, along with other ingredients in your broth will reduce inflammation and pain on your joints due to degeneration. Gelatin also aids in digestion by increasing transit time. Gelatin also contains keratin, an essential protein for maintaining young glowing skin, strong and shiny hair, and nails.
So what else is in bone broth that makes it so good for you?
It is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, glucosamine, chondroitin, sulfates, silicon, phosphorus, and glycine to repair joints, ease digestion, reduce inflammation, and much more.
Bone broth aids in digestion
Hypocrites, the father of modern medicine, whose oath all medical doctors swear to prior to becoming doctors, stated “all disease begins in the gut”. If we are to have any hope in good health, gut health is at the forefront of that mission. Especially with modern diets so prevalent in processed foods, combined with decreased digestive acids, making a leaky gut extremely common in today’s world.
Leaky gut can be responsible for inflammation, small intestine irritability, gas, bloating, fatigue, food sensitivities, and weight gain. In addition, the majority of our immune system as well as our serotonin, the feel-good hormone, are all located in the gut.
If our gut is in distress or is not functioning properly, the consequences can go far beyond simple digestive issues. Bone broth can help!
Collagen from bone broth helps to repair the mucus lining inside your stomach as well as assists with digestion by breaking down protein and fatty acids for easy digestion, thereby protecting it from developing peptic ulcers. In addition, the amino acids found in collagen helps to make your skin firm and increase elasticity. It acts as a natural moisturizer, reduces wrinkles, and makes your skin glow.
Glycine (along with cholesterol and taurine) makes bile acid which is an essential acid for the digestion of fats. Bile acids are also used to rid the body of excess cholesterol.
Magnesium is a mineral that the majority of the population is deficient in. It plays over 300 vital roles to health that listing them all would be futile. Some of the more important effects of magnesium: maintain normal nerve and muscle function, support the healthy immune system, helps lower blood pressure, maintains blood glucose by increasing the secretion of insulin and making the body’s cells sensitive to insulin, allows free bowel movement by cleansing out toxins from the stomach. Helps convert food to energy, helps create and repair DNA and RNA. The list goes on and on. And guess what??? Bone broth is loaded with magnesium!!!
The Gelatin in bone broth improves the secretion of gastric acid which aids in the digestion of food and killing off harmful bacteria and parasites.
Glycine, which is present in bone broth helps the liver to get rid of the toxins in the body thereby reducing your toxic load and stress on the body.
Bone broth promotes joint health
Bone broth is rich in glucosamine, a vital ingredient in the production of new collagen for joint health. It also contains proline and lysine which are extremely anti-inflammatory and essential for the production of collagen. But that’s not all.
Bone broth is a rich source of sulfur. Sulfur is so important to the body. Sulfur is a mineral in every cell in the body. It is critical in cartilage and keratin for healthy skin and hair. Sulfur also plays a role in neutralizing free radicals and is protective of premature aging of the brain.
Bone broth prevents inflammation
Bone broth can help to reduce inflammation in your joints because bone broth contains chondroitin, glucosamine, and sulfates. These compounds provide lubrication between the joints, and thus reduce excessive degeneration, inflammation, and pain.
Bone broth aids in weight loss and boosts energy
Glycine helps to convert glucose into energy. Glycine also helps increase creatine in the body. Creatine is an absolutely essential ingredient in the body used for the building of muscle in the body.
Collagen is vital for weight loss. A tablespoon of collagen contains over 9 grams of protein; thus it helps to keep you full and reduce your food intake.
Gelatin helps to boost your metabolism level and thus helps in weight loss.
Calcium is beneficial since it facilitates weight loss. It does this by increasing your body’s metabolism level in order to burn or use up stored up fats, and this leads to weight loss.”
“A cup of bone broth contains just 50 to 70 calories. Despite it being very low in calories, it keeps you full, thus making you eat less, and less food means less calorie intake.
How to make bone broth
First, you want to make sure you find the best bones for your broth. This can take a bit of effort. They should be from grass-fed cows and organic if possible. This is due to the fact that Bones can accumulate lead. So finding the cleanest bones, you can ensure your broth is doing more good than harm.
Next, you want a combination of long bones and beef knuckles. Long bones contain marrow but make sure they are cut into small sizes about an inch to two inches. The beef knuckles should have meat and connective tissue attached to it. This will ensure that your broth is full of nutrient-rich ingredients to experience the full health benefits of bone broth. Get a good mixture of 50/50 marrow bones and knuckles.
Bone Broth Recipe
1.5 kg bones
12 cups water
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (vinegar helps draw minerals out of the bones)
1 medium onion, cut in quarters
2 carrots, cut in thirds
4 celery sticks, cut in thirds
10 sprigs Parsley
2 bay leaves
10 sprigs rosemary or thyme (dried works too)
1 lemon, quartered (optional)
2-3 garlic cloves (optional)
¼ teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt (optional)
Let’s make bone broth!
- First, mix your bones up with the spices. Place the meat and bones on a roasting pan.
- Preheat oven to 450 F. Roast for 40 minutes, turning them halfway through. You want the bones to caramelize and become brown while roasting. This gives your bone broth amazing flavor that you can’t achieve without roasting.
- Add roasted bones to a large pot, be sure to include any brown bits from your roasting pan.
- Add water (just enough to cover the bones), then add ACV. Bring the contents of the pot to a boil on high heat until it begins to boil. Then lower the heat until you achieve an aggressive rolling simmer. Simmer for 12-24 hours.
- After simmering for an hour to an hour and a half, open the pot and use a long spoon to scoop out the foamy top layer as well as any bits or impurities floating on the top.
- Continue to monitor the broth, skimming several times as needed throughout the cooking process and add water whenever the bones are not completely covered in water.
- Add chopped vegetables herbs and spices when you have approximately 3 hours of simmer time left to prevent over cooking them.
- Do not stir your bone broth. Simply leave it all to simmer on it’s own.
- Remove solids (bones, vegetables), strain and store for use. Store your broth in glass containers. Your bone broth will stay fresh for up to 7 days in the refrigerator. When freezing, be sure to leave a bit of space due to the fact that it will expand when frozen.
Bone broth contains readily available nutrients and minerals that may help keep the body working at its best. So if this highly nutritious (easy-to-prepare and delicious) food may support the body and many of its functions including reversing the aging process, isn’t it worth a try?