Super Healing Power of Bone Broth
by contributing writer, Jacqueline
As a Holistic Health Counselor bone broth is far and away one of the foods I most recommend to my clients.
You’ve probably heard that chicken soup is a wonderful food for anyone that’s feeling sick, and it has everything to do with the broth. Unfortunately in the modern world we make chicken soup with broth that comes from a can or a box and is devoid of the health benefits.
Real, health changing bone broth comes from bones that have been simmered for anywhere from 8 to 48 hours. This low, slow boil helps bring all the nutrients out of the bones to ensure you’re getting plenty of calcium, phosphorous, collagen and cartilage, essential amino acids such as glutamine, glucosamine and chondroitin as well as other other trace minerals.
All of these things can benefit your health in numerous different ways. It can help boost your immune system to help you recover from a cold or flu faster. Glucosamine and chondroitin are often used to help reduce joint pain and inflammation so it can be beneficial for people suffering from achy joints. Collagen and gelatin are often found in beauty products to promote healthy nails, hair and skin. Bone broth is an ancient food that has been around for hundreds of years, and it is thought to be one of the most deeply nourishing foods that may even help with chronic fatigue and adrenal fatigue.
How to make it
Bone broth can be made from any bones you like. My personal favorite is chicken thanks to its light, delicious taste. Be sure to buy the highest quality bones you can afford. That means bones from animals that have been raised on pasture, or swimming freely, eating a natural diet and not fed food that nature did not intend them to eat.
You can gather your own bones from any chickens that you roast or you can find them at your local health food store.
The easiest way to make bone broth is with a slow cooker. Add about three pounds of bones, 4 carrots, 4 celery stalks, 1 cut onion and your favorite herbs, cover with water and cook on low for up to 48 hours. You can also do this on the stovetop and simmer for at least 8 hours. I like to throw in a bunch of parsley during the last hour of cooking.
How to store Bone Broth
When it’s all done I divide it into glass mason jars and keep them in the freezer. That way I know how much is in each container and I can pull them out as needed for a quick cup of broth or for cooking. I like to drink mine like I would a cup of tea but you can also use it for cooking things like rice, quinoa, casseroles and of course as a base for soups.
Here’s how I supercharge it
I add a few things at the very beginning of the cooking process to for even more nutrients- these are completely optional.
Kelp: A strip a couple of inches long adds minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, and folate.
Reishi Mushroom: Known in Traditional Chinese Medicine to be a super immune booster and to increase longevity. I use about a one-inch piece but make sure that the Reishi mushroom has cooked for at least 3 hours before sampling.
Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor and online fitness coach. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception to those trying to get their grove back after pregnancy to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mom and baby. For more information or to work with her visit her website www.jacquelinebanks.com
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