The Super Powers of Bone Broth, Part 1

I know this will sound crazy, but if you would like to heal your gut, strengthen your immune system, lose weight, erase wrinkles and keep your joints healthy, my recommendation is BONE BROTH!

Sounds like the latest fad, doesn’t it? It’s not a mystery why Hollywood stars are paying $$ for it, every day, and athletes are using it to get an edge on competitors.  Our mothers knew a good pot of chicken soup would heal whatever ailed us, as children.  The first pot of broth was likely made by our ancestors, not long after they invented fire.  

Bone broth is truly medicine, at it’s finest.  One of the biggest appeals to me is that it heals your gut.  For the past 12+ years I’ve suffered from allergies.  Though I do many things on a daily basis to promote good health, clearly something is missing.  Knowing change takes time, I’ve committed to making bone broth a part of my daily ritual.  

The Cliff Notes on gut health:  Strengthening the microbiome of your gut is one of the most powerful steps you can take!  Science now tells us that 80% of your immune system is founded in your gut.  Also known as the ‘second brain’, the human gut is responsible for creating 70% of the serotonin in your body, one of the neurotransmitters that helps us feel good.

Bone broth is rich in collagen, which comes from the gelatin that occurs with the break down of bones, as you cook the broth. Unlike the watery stuff one might purchase from the store, homemade broth is rich in nutrients.  It’s loaded with glycine, a powerful anti-inflammatory amino acid, and also rich in magnesium, proline and arginine ~ other healing nutrients. 

The many roles of your gut are SO impressive!  It’s the home of trillions of friendly microbes that not only aid in digestion, but synthesize hormones and vitamins, and act as a local Police Force to keep harmful bacteria and fungi to a minimum.  Here’s the kicker:  In order to stay slim and healthy, you need an iron clad gut!

So, you may say to yourself, as I did, “I live such a healthy lifestyle ~ yet I seem to have digestion/inflammatory issues.  Why is that?” You could have fantastic nutrition; unfortunately, many things in our world can upset a healthy gut.  High stress, poor sleep, alcohol, antibiotics, NSAID’s, infections; all can be disastrous to the gut.

Since 80% of your immune system is located in your gut, it’s easy to see how an unhealthy gut can set you up for flu, colds, auto immune disease or even cancer. Gelatin, from the collagen in bone broth, will restore the integrity of your intestines, creating a strong environment for microbes.  Leaky Gut Syndrome can be caused by either bad microbes or microbial over growth, which cause inflammation that weakens the gut wall. Leaks in your gut wall allow toxins/digestive debris to escape, which your immune system spots and attacks, usually very violently.  This inflammation, often throughout the body, makes you loose energy and gain weight.  

No need to pay big bucks for anti-aging creams! The anti-aging power of broth, due to the high collagen content, can smooth out fine lines, wrinkles, and make skin silky-soft.  I recently admired the yummy-soft skin of my one year old grandson.  Not only does it have tons of collagen, but his skin is loaded with hyaluronic acid, which makes it so smooth and soft. **Most expensive skin creams are high in collagen and hyaluronic acid.  

We all want to keep our joints healthy, strong, and supple, particularly as we get older.  Enter bone broth, chock full of collagen!  Guess what collagen is packed with?  If you answered glucosamine and chondroitin, you are right on the money! Randomized, double blind clinical trials in 2015 found glucosamine and chondroitin are as effective as the arthritis drug Celebrex in reducing pain, swelling and functional limitations caused by knee osteoarthritis.  So why take a drug when a cup of bone broth a day will do the trick??

More benefits of strengthening your gut with bone broth:  eliminating, over time, allergies, psoriasis, arthritis, headaches, and even fibromyalgia.  I say over time, as any malady one has usually takes months or even years to develop.  Therefore, we must be patient, proactive, and allow time and our bodies to help us heal.

One cup a day, folks ~ try it, and let me know how it goes!  Stay tuned for Part 2, of the Super Powers of Bone Broth (it’s the Recipe ☺)

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