I grew up being told “don’t throw out those bones!”
My mother was raised on a farm and bones from dinner were always turned into bone broth.
I didn’t understand the wisdom of this practice as a kid.
“That’s just what we did”….
I continued this practice into my adult life, not having a clue the nutrient-rich and gut loving benefits that bone broth offers.
When bone broth began to be a super-star in public forums, I decided to jump into some research and find out some of the secrets behind bone broth and its connection to gut health.
Here’s what I found…
Bone broth is a quick shortcut to help improve your gut health!
Bone broth is rich in nutrients and minerals including zinc, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and sodium.
In addition to minerals, bone broth also contains collagen, gelatin, glycine, and seventeen different types of amino acids.
When simmered at low heat for a lengthened amount of time, these nutrients seep into the water and create “liquid gold.”
Bone broth also offers protective and anti-inflammatory properties
The amino acids, gelatin, glycine, and nutrients in bone broth help to strengthen the mucus layer and intestinal barrier within the gut while also altering the gut microbiota composition.
I love that these nutrients aid in reducing inflammation!
No wonder many people and cultures around the world drink bone broth.
Need some digestion happiness?…
While rich in nutrients and minerals, bone broth can also do wonders for digestion.
This liquid gold assists in altering the gut microbiota; a strong, diverse gut microbiota is essential to break down food byproducts for proper absorption.
Another super fact is that the broth itself helps to hydrate the body, thus, promoting better digestion for healthy, regular stools.
Drinking bone broth is so good for us on many levels…
Enjoy bone broth’s beneficial abundance of nutrients, minerals, and amino acids any time of the year.
Such nutrients aid in protecting the gut, providing anti-inflammatory properties, and overall, promoting better digestion.
EASY DIY Bone Broth
To make easy DIY Bone Broth, put the following ingredients in a crockpot on low for 12 hours, then strain. Or you can pressure cook in the Instant Pot for 2 hours with a natural release.
1 lb. chicken or beef bones (organic is best)
1 onion quartered
sprigs fresh thyme or rosemary (optional)
salt/pepper to taste
8 cups water
Store your bone broth for up to a week in the refrigerator for easy nutrition anytime.
Or store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Enjoy!
WANT TO DIVE DEEPER INTO BONE BROTH & GUT HEALTH? Click HERE to check out my interview with Becky Wells, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.