I’ve seen several of my friends talking about feeling under the weather lately and unfortunately Mother Nature is not helping matters much. With the constant weather changes from cold to hot, I’m not surprised that more of us are not sick… including our critters!
People have been asking me if I could offer any advice on how to feel better or boost their immune system. The one thing I can tell people about is not a new idea but it is an all natural one. Usually when you have a cold or feel under the weather, one piece of advice normally surfaces and people will tell you to eat chicken noodle soup or chicken broth to get your nutrition and to help keep you hydrated.
I’m going to go one step further and say broth again but going back to bone broth. Somehow it doesn’t sound as appetizing but it is delicious and good for you in many ways. This is not a new thing since it dates back to the 12th century but it is one people overlook in their quest for get well quick ideas. In France back in the 18th century, innkeepers would offer bowls of broth referred to as restoratifs to weary travelers when they stopped to rest before continuing on their journey. This is actually where the word restaurant came from meaning a place to restore health, strength and energy.
As time passed we started adding vegetables and meat along with rice or some type of pasta to make the broth into a full meal. Quite often we use a light broth made from cooked bones or meat that is only cooked a few hours and although this is still healthy for you, it doesn’t carry all the good healthy properties that bone broth does. Bone broth is made when bones are cooked down over a low heat for no less than 12 hours but better yet… 24-36 hours. You may think it is strange to sip on a mug of broth instead of coffee or tea in the morning but your body and your immune system will be better off for it. It would be a good way to jumpstart your day!
Here’s a list of what bone broth has to offer you…
As the bones break down while simmering, they discharge a variety of immune-boosting elements including:
1. Marrow inside the bone releases myeloid and lymphoid stem cells which are the building blocks of white blood cells. These cells that protect you from infections and viruses.
2. The bones slowly dissolve allowing an extremely high concentration of essential minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc to seep into the broth.
3. The collagen breaks down thickening the broth and plays a fundamental role in wound-healing which helps your body rebuild itself.
Bone marrow is an excellent source of essential fatty acids clinically proven to improve overall brain function.
Bone broth contains large quantities of an amino acid named glycine helping to promote mental alertness, improving memory, and can help reduce stress.
Bone broth helps relieve a wide array of gastrointestinal problems including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac disease, and leaky gut syndrome.
The gelatin released from the bones works to heal damaged tissues in your intestinal lining which can provide relief from chronic diarrhea, constipation, and certain food sensitivities.
Bone broth can enhance the quality of your skin and hair, protect your joints, improve overall sleep quality, and strengthen bones.
Brew your own from scratch and you can have enough to last a week for less than $10. I’m not sure where you could find a more affordable health care supplement that can do all of this and it’s ridiculously easy to make!
8 Easy Steps to Better Health!
1. Fill a slow cooker with as many bones as you can fit in it.
2. Add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar This is optional but you also want the healthy properties of the ACV!
3. Fill the remainder of space in the slow cooker with water and simmer on the lowest setting for at least 12 hours but I recommend 24-36 for the best results.
4. Add a few of your favorite vegetables and herbs such as onion, carrots, thyme, or rosemary) and leave the slow cooker on low for another 4-6 hours.
5. Strain the mixture of bones and veggies through a fine colander or sieve.
6. Chill the broth overnight.
7. Remove/skim the solid fat from the top of the broth.
8. Drink a mug morning, noon, and night! Anytime you need to regenerize your body is a good time for a cup. If you’re a canner, you can also can this wonderful broth to have on hand. When I have a cow or pig butchered, I keep all the bones and scrap from the processing and boil them down to make bone broth. You can also make bone broth from chicken or turkey carcasses to reduce waste and to get delicious broth to drink or use for cooking. If you want to increase the flavor, roast the bones turning once midway in the oven on 400 degrees for about 20 before you fill the slow cooker or electric roaster.
I hope this information has been useful to you. Good health in the New Year!