Why Bone Broth?
Is the fact that you feel better after having some of your grandmother's chicken soup just a placebo effect? I think not! Chicken soup has long been used as temporarily relief for cold and flu symptoms . However, as it turns out, the similar traditional health remedy of bone broth may be even more nutritious for your health. If upper respiratory health challenges, digestive issues, or joint pains are ailing you, the potential health benefits of a homemade bone broth can help promote optimal health. As we enter into Fall and Winter seasons, it is important to nourish our bodies with warming foods (even in Florida!) that are nutritious, anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting.
What are the benefits of Bone Broth?
Bone broth provides hydration, nutrition, and psychological comfort to the body. Bone broth contains vital nutrients such as collagen, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Bone broth contains anti-inflammatory properties, and can help to preserve joints, connective tissue, hair, skin and nails, promote detoxification and gut health, boost the immune system and overall promote whole body healing!
What is Bone Broth and How Does It Work?
Bone broth is an ancient type of nutrient-rich food made from the remnants of cattle, poultry, lamb, pork, veal, or even fish. The parts of animals that can’t be eaten directly, such as bones, bone marrow, feet, joint cartilage, knuckles, skin, ligaments, and tendons are boiled in water and simmered on low heat for up to 48-72 hours. An acid such as apple cider vinegar or lemon juice is added to help break the bones down, extracting beneficial nutrients from the bones into the soup.
The long process of simmering the bones and other components draws out important vitamins, minerals and amino acids (which comprise proteins) – three crucial parts of a healthy, balanced diet. Bone broth can be consumed as a snack or meal on its own, as a base for sauce, or as the base for a soup with vegetables, herbs, and spices. You can also substitute it for water when cooking rice or other grains.