When your hunter comes home with that organic game meat, OR as we approach Thanksgiving, save the carcasses. Here’s why: bone broth has been used medicinally for thousands of years with its origins in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines. It’s light, warming and oily qualities are beneficial in cold, dry months to keep you grounded and nourished. Drink a small cup of this mineral rich soup daily to ward off autumn deficiencies. Bone broth acts as a tonic, allowing your body to restock on much needed nutrient supplies.
Benefits of Bone Broth
- The rich iron content helps to strengthens the blood, which also leads to healthy tissue and organ functioning.
- Rest, recover and reset your digestive strength.
- Soothes the central nervous system.
- Supports a healthy immune system and increasing overall strength and vitality (ojas).
- The amino acids such as such as cystine, histidine and glycine are present in bone broth which help to decrease inflammatory.
- Reduces gut inflammation. If you experience constipation, diarrhea, IBS, leaky gut or Crohn’s disease, drink bone broth to re-establish regular bowel movements and a healthy gut flora. The anti-inflammatory properties and collagen content of this meal soothe and repair a damaged gastrointestinal tract and strengthen the digestive system.
- Bone broth contains collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin, all essential ingredients for healthy bones and joints, therefore, it will help to increase bone strength. By eating foods with similar qualities of a certain tissue, we can increase the strength of that specific tissues. For example, adding mineral rich bone broth to your diet will naturally increase the strength and quality of the bones (plus your hair, nails and teeth too!).
When making bone broth, it is important to source good quality bones used from healthy animals. Try an organic butcher or a local farmer and don’t limit yourself to just one source – experiment with bones from beef, bison, chicken, turkey, lamb or fish.
This meal may be a little too oily for those with an already oily, dense constitution, however by adding black pepper or fresh ginger to your broth you’ll help to enhance digestion.
- Place bones in a pot and cover with water.
- Add 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and leave sit for one hour (this will help leach out minerals).
- Coarsely chop onion, celery, peppercorns and carrots and add to the pot.
- Then, boil for one hour at a minimum or 24 hours in a slow cooker.
- Strain and serve, or freeze and use when you need a boost. This is when I add salt to the recipe.
Some recipes call for roasting the bones prior to simmering in water to enhance the flavor.
Digestive Wellness Coach, Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher