Top 5 Reasons You Should Try Bone Broth

About a year ago I decided to look into making my own bone broth to help with digestive issues and heard it was good for your overall health.  I found it very easy to make. Now I literally could go through the whole process in my sleep. Most of the time it really does cook while I am sleeping and I wake up to a house smelling of delicious broth. To this day my husband and I both drink broth every morning as a nice start to our day.

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I wanted to share some of the benefits of why bone broth is so great and why you should give it a try!

Reason 1: Improves Digestive Functions– There’s a seemingly endless list of substances today that can cause damage to your gut. Between the pesticides in our food, overuse of antibiotics, and chemicals in processed foods, our gut is under attack more than ever.
Fortunately, the gelatin found in bone broth is fantastic for healing the gut.
Gelatin heals the gut by repairing the intestinal lining and reducing inflammation caused by gut-related disease and food sensitivities.

Reason 2: Boosts Brain Health– We use our brain for so much, but how often do we return the favor by giving it nutrients to thrive? With a healthy brain, you can have a better memory, think more clearly, have stronger willpower, have monk-like focus, and much more. I think it’s safe to say anyone would be happy to have more of these qualities (including myself). Well, it turns out that bone broth has several compounds that can improve your brain’s functioning and mood.
Glycine, for example, is one of the most important inhibitory neurotransmitters.
Simply put, glycine can help cognitive performance, regulates how your brain uses energy, and some studies even suggested that glycine can dilate the micro vessels in the brain. This means glycine can improve circulation in the brain.
Bone broth also contains chondroitin, which is shown to have an important role in regeneration and plasticity in the central nervous system.
In other words, chondroitin can help with learning and memory.

Reason 3: Boosts Immunity- What’s the number one food you crave when you’re feeling under the weather? I bet it’s a warm bowl of chicken soup. And it turns out there’s a real reason behind your chicken soup cravings: it boosts the immune system and soothes the gut.
Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center were curious if there was any truth behind the immune system and chicken soup connection.
To their surprise, they discovered that the amino acids (building blocks of protein) found in chicken broth could reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and boost the immune system. In other words, bone broth can help you feel better and fight illness.
So it seems there’s a reason your body craves soup when you’re sick after all!

Reason 4: Reduces Joint Pain and Inflammation– The cartilage in your joints (along with some other structures) ensures your joints are well protected.
But this cartilage degrades as we age. Over time, it can cause your bones to scrape up against one another every time you move. And as you could imagine, this causes a considerable amount of pain.
That’s why it’s incredibly important to give your body the materials it needs to repair and maintain your joints.
Bone broth is packed with substances that can help maintain your joints such as Collagen and chondroitin, for example, are some of the building blocks used to construct cartilage.
When you introduce these substances to the body, your joints can heal.
These joint-nurturing substances can make a big difference in your overall joint health and there’s evidence to prove it.

 

Reason 5: Promotes Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails– Collagen is a protein your body uses extensively to keep your skin healthy. Without it, our skin would gradually lose elasticity and its healthy color. In other words, you would look older.
Normally our body can produce enough collagen to keep our skin healthy and wrinkle-free. Well…until our 20th birthday at least.
According to the Scientific American, after the age of 20, our bodies produce “about 1 percent less collagen in the skin each year. As a result, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile with age.
The good news is bone broth is packed with collagen.
And since most of us don’t eat collagen-rich foods, it makes bone broth the perfect remedy for aging skin.

References from https://naturalife.org/nutrition/bone-broth-health-benefits

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Time to Create Change

Change the way you think about foodSo it has been a little while since I wrote anything in here but that is pretty much because I am a person of few words on a normal day, but today is not a normal day. I feel like I could shout this stuff from the roof tops it’s so important!

Food and the way Americans specifically use, abuse and overindulge is a crazy problem. It is making me come out of my shell and say, time to wake up everyone!  For the last couple years as many of you know I have been building my knowledge about health and nutrition and really been experimenting with how things make me feel individually.

A couple things I have come up with is that my skin does not like dairy, my stomach does not like too much gluten, sugar or dairy, and my brain really loves and hates sugar at the same time. So I wanted to go in even deeper to WHY this is happening and what certain foods and chemicals actually do to your body.

So in that journey of trial and error experimenting with foods, listening to podcasts and reading books, I was recommended to read this book “Eat to Live” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. and boy has the veil been lifted off my eyes. I was pretty aware of what I was eating anyway, but the idea in America that you must have dairy, animal protein and whole grains in your diet to be healthy is a bunch of BS. Not only do you not need them, but most of the time they are what make you sick! Nevermind all the other s#&* that is in the stores now.  It makes me really sad that a lot of people in America have no idea how to eat healthy because they were either taught wrong, or they are not taught at all.

We are a country of quick fixes and medications that are killing us, and you know how we can stop it? It’s as easy as eating a salad, biting into an apple, peeling a carrot, cooking a squash, stir fry some zucchini, and enjoying some berries.  I know some people literally would die before eating a diet of mostly vegetables and fruit but would you really let it get that far? There is proof that eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes and minimal whole grains will reverse the effects of Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Reduce to risk of stroke and heart attack, and prevent the risk of cancers.

Eating always seems to connect with emotional and social activity in this world. We all eat and then look forward to the next time we eat. We eat when we are sad or happy, celebrating or mourning, you name it, there is food everywhere!  If we all try and take a step back, get through a week of no processed foods and no dairy or animal protein you might be amazed at the results.  I know I was.

After eating only vegetables, fruits and legumes with some starches like sweet potato and whole grain rice, I felt 100% more clear headed, more energetic, less bloated, had less sugar cravings and was satisfied! I did have to go through a withdrawal period of 2-3 days, which included headaches, and a little tiredness but I knew it was going to happen and prepared to get through it. This is a change in the way you see how food interacts with your body, helps it heal,  helps you learn better and helps you manage stress.

The last point I want to make is about the kids. Yes the future of this country! We as parents can no longer sit back and say oh well, my son won’t eat anything but chicken fingers, french fries and treats. That is securing his fate to be a diabetic on his 13th birthday. We need to step up, EDUCATE ourselves and our kids. Bring them into the kitchen, have them cook with us, have them learn about food, have them see, try and taste a variety of foods all the time.  Some will kick and scream at first but if you don’t give up they will get over the withdrawal just like us and start to acquire new tastes. It feels so much better and they will be able to learn, live and THRIVE the way nature intended them to.

I strongly recommend you read the book “Eat to Live” and many more books similar to it. Educating yourself, trying new things to see how you feel and paying it forward by helping other people you know will change lives for the better.