Known as the magic elixir, bone broth was a common dish just a few decades ago and was used to add flavor to soups and sauces. Now it has been replaced with small, foil-wrapped stock bouillon cubes that simulate the taste of meat and contain none of the nutrients found in real broth.
Perhaps one of bone broth’s greatest nutrients is gelatin, which performs a “patch and repair” service on a leaky gut. Gut hyperpermeability, or leaky gut, refers to the condition in which holes begin to appear in the intestinal lining, allowing small food particles to pass through and enter the bloodstream. The body will then begin to attack these food particles, and over time this condition can lead to an autoim- mune disease.
Leaky gut is becoming more common and is often a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. Many people attribute this rise to lifestyle factors such as increased stress, consumption of refined grains and sugars, and long-term use of oral contraceptives. Other research suggests that it could be due to bacterial or yeast overgrowth such as candida, which causes inflammation in the intestinal lining.
Bone broth is a powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients that can heal and nourish the body from the inside. Drinking a mug of bone broth every day has been shown to help the body repair inflammation, heal a leaky gut, lessen joint pain, reverse immune disorders, and kill candida.
Bone broth is a cheap and delicious way to flood your body with vital nutrients such as collagen, gelatin, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium that will help your body detox and start repairing damaged tissue.
Boiling animal bones for a long period of time will release bone marrow and glycine, which can boost the immune system and help the body fend off any invading viruses and bacteria.
To make your own healing bone broth, you can use the bones of high quality chicken, beef, lamb, venison, pork, or fish. It is vital that you use the bones from free-range animals that are fed 100 percent grass (or their natural diet equivalent, preferably organic) because you will be consuming the nutrients and minerals contained within these bones.
You can use the broth as an ingredient in recipes such as my Hearty Beef Stew, Home-Style Chicken Noodle Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, or have a daily cup of broth as a part of your health-building routine, just like we are having this morning at the Morgantown Farmer’s Market!