Bone Broth & The Benefits

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“FOOD FOR THOUGHT”

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So many articles have been written over the years on the gut healing properties of Bone Broth. This information has been out there for quite a while but it’s only been within the last couple of years that people are starting to take seriously all the data and research about the gut healing health benefits of drinking bone broth.
From all the research I have been doing on Alzheimer’s, dementia, heart disease, cancer, basically any disease of the body starts with gut health or should I say lack there of. Medical scientists have discovered that your health is dependent on the health of your intestinal track.
Everything Maria and I have been talking about for over a year now on brain health has been how important it is to heal your gut.

 

BONE BROTH AND WHY IS IT VITAL TO YOUR HEALTH?

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Bone broth is a rich infusion of beef, chicken, bison, lamb, fish stock to boost the immune system, it fights inflammation your body’s enemy. Why is inflammation bad? It is the root cause of all major diseases. Inflammation causes cancer, heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and basically anything else that goes wrong in the body.

Because of the high content of collagen in the bone broth it helps with digestion, allergies, improves immune health, brain health, supports your joints, hair, skin, nails and so much more. It is high in calcium, magnesium and phosphorus making it a must for bone health. They are also making the connection with Alzheimer’s, Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, osteoporosis and depression.
I started making Bone Broth several months ago because I began to have tummy issues and my joints started to hurt it totally freaked me out. Of course I scoured the Internet to find a solution to my tummy problems. That’s where I discovered the miracle of drinking bone broth. I started drinking a cup a day and I noticed a difference in my stomach almost right away and within a few weeks the pain in my joints started to dissipate. Below is a list of what drinking bone broth can do for you.

According to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements, a cup a day works miracles but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.

The glycine in bone broth has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory.

Some of the healing benefits of Bone Broth
Helps heal and seal the gut and promotes healthy digestion.
Inhibits infection cause by cold and flu viruses.
Reduces joint pain and inflammation,
Promotes healthy bones, hair and nails

HELPFUL NOTES ON MAKING THE BROTH
The stock needs to simmer over a very low heat for 24 to 48 hours for beef and 24 for chicken. If you are thinking wow that’s a long time it is. You need to give the bone marrow, collagen and amino acids time to soak into the stock.
Simmering low and slow for many hours helps to pull out all the necessary nutrients.

TIPS ON MAKING BONE BROTH
Roast the bones first to bring the rich smooth flavor of the bones for 30 minutes. In a large stockpot pour water to cover bones and add the vinegar, let sit for 30 minutes. The acid from the vinegar helps to draw even more of the nutrients from the bones as well.
Bring the broth to a rapid boil then reduce to a very gentle simmer until done.
You will most likely have to remove the impurities that float to the surface. It’s a foamy layer that’s easily removed. I do it every 30 minutes or so for the first few hours. A lot of oil will surface to the top, don’t let it concern you because you will place the stock in the refrigerator over night and all the fat will rise to the top and you can skim it off easily!
I start the soup early in the morning and simmer for 24 hours on super low heat. Just barely bubbling!
Cool for at least 2 hours then strain using a wire metal strainer to remove all the bits of vegetables. Place the stock into the refrigerator overnight. By morning all of the fat will have risen to the surface. Remove the layer of fat and discard. Store the stock in mason jars and place in refrigerator. Will last up to 4 days. If you freeze the stock, it will last up to a year!

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Get the bones from you butcher and make sure it is organic grass fed beef bones, no additives or hormones. Surely you DO NOT WANT THAT IN YOUR BODY!
Ask your butcher to cut the bones 4” inches a piece for you
I make bone broth once a week, sip it throughout the day. I make sure to drink at least one 8-ounce glass every single day. I also serve ½ cup to my family before dinner piping hot like a warm hug and cozy, appetizer that makes your tummy feel great! I would whole-heartedly encourage you to start today.

BEEF BONE BROTH

3 pounds of ORGANIC, GRASS FED BEEF BONES cut into 4” pieces, roasted.
2 pounds of Oxtails, roasted
2 large yellow onions cut up with skins on
6 to 8 scallions, white and green parts coarsely chopped
4 carrots, scrubbed and coarsely chopped
6 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
5 quarts water
1-tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Pre-heat oven to 400 F.
Place the beef bones, oxtails, onions, scallion’s carrots, celery in a large roasting pan and roast for 30 minuets.
Remove from oven and place everything into large stockpot.
Add water, salt and vinegar. Mix well and bring up to a rapid boil. Turn the flame to super low without extinguishing it and simmer gently for 24 hours.
Turn off heat and let sit for 2 hours to cool a bit.
You will also notice that the soup has become gelatinous exactly what you are looking for.

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Pour the soup into Mason Jars seal and place in the refrigerator until ready to drink.
I go through a jar a day drinking through out the day. Little sips here and there help with my energy level as well.
It can be used in making soups, stews, gravies, sauces and reductions. If my family is ill or has a tummy ache I serve them bone broth until they start to feel better. It’s easy to digest and helps shorten the duration of the illness.
I make bone broth once a week and I would whole-heartedly encourage you to start today.

Chicken Bone Broth Stock infused with lemon grass, ginger and fresh veggies! One of many ways to enjoy bone broth!

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  • Cristina, I have been hearing so much about Bone Broth for the last couple of years…from chefs to health experts, and I’ve been so intrigued. Thank you for sharing your insight as well as your delicious recipe! I look forward to incorporating it into my food plan!! Love you to smithereens!! XOXO <3 <3

  • dholcomb1

    my mom always served us broth when we were ill. so nice people are going back to the things we made before processed foods.

    denise

  • Nancy Merlo Rubino

    Cristina, is the recipe the same for the chicken bone? Do you use breast bone or all chicken bones?