There’s always a new health food gimmick around the corner, even if you’re still working your way through the pros and cons of your latest craze. One to watch right now is bone broth.
Winter is over, so you might be thinking of salads. But if you still crave a hot, soothing sipper for cold evenings in place of conventional hot drinks, this could be the one for you. What are the benefits of drinking bone broth?
What Is Bone Broth?
Actually, we should first discuss what this is. Youngsters or those who never made or watched their mothers make food from scratch might not realize, but soup stock usually starts with bones. That’s right: flavor is extracted from the marrow and any remaining meat on bones from a roast or from the offcuts of an animal like their knuckles and tails (ever heard of ox tail soup?)
How to Make Bone Broth
Mothers and grandmothers all over the world simply take the bones from a cooked chicken or buy them from the butcher without meat and drop them in a stock pot. Covering them with water, they boil the bones until the water becomes a tasty broth, usually adding herbs or spices before removing bones and herbs at the same time. With the little pieces sieved out you get a liquid which contains a small amount of oil and lots of flavor. It can now be frozen in cubes, turned into a soup with vegetables and meat, or simply savored as-is.
Why Drink Bone Broth
Discoveries about this traditional drink reveal what we all have come to realize: old-fashioned foods are often best for us. Bone broth is said to improve your GI tract health, even treating conditions like diarrhea, leaky gut, IBS, and potentially helping you to digest foods which normally cause constipation.
Foods made from marrow provide nutrients which support your bones and joints, which probably comes as no surprise. Your body takes a pounding if you are athletic, aging, or overweight. Improve joint health without taking medicine and also fill up before you eat.
The weight loss benefits are exceptional. Drinking broth provides flavor and fills your stomach. When you sit down to eat, there is less room for a full meal. Try this trick and see if you can flush out your system too. Increasing caffeine-free, sugar-free liquids throughout the day is a great way to detoxify your liver, improve hydration, and reduce the signs of aging.
Hydration is part of that anti-aging routine, but so is the collagen inside bone marrow. When you drink it, collagen could soften your skin from the inside. That’s certainly not the case with MSG-laden canned soups and powders.
Feel better overall, even energetic enough to take up more exercise. Now is the time to do it with weight slipping off and the bone/joint combo of minerals which improve strength. Your immunity will also benefit according to enthusiasts who consider this a major tool in your healing pantry. The jury is still out as to whether bone broth is as effective as goji berries, but you can’t do any harm as long as bones are sourced from organic, grass-fed meat.
If you already eat meat and choose good sources (organic, non-GMO, grass-fed), then you are half-way to creating an inexpensive means of improving or fortifying your health. All you need are assorted fresh herbs or some dried ones, but these are probably in your pantry already. Combine their benefits with those of bone broth.