Bone Broth Believer
I wanted to wait until the end of cold and flu season to tell you about my new discovery, but the results of my latest health experiment have been so miraculous I couldn’t wait to share with you!
By now you may have heard that bone broth is the next kale. (If you missed the kale revolution there's still time to add the dark, leafy green goodness to your life.)
It seems that all of a sudden everyone's talking about bone broth, selling bone broth, cooking with bone broth or writing books about it. I'm here to tell you it's not just hype; I'm a bone broth believer.
Despite all of my holistic hocus pocus (elderberry syrup, echinacea, colloidal silver, vitamin C) I still used to get a cold or flu a few times a year. My elixers definitely lessened the severity, and usually the duration, but I was still miserable for a few days. I've got no time for that.
For years I had read about the benefits of bone broth. It's overflowing with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that our bodies need and don't get from the everyday foods we eat.
So last summer, after years of dabbling in bone broth as an occasional healing agent, I made a commitment to make it a regular practice, and started keeping a batch in the freezer. Every time I felt a cold coming on I thawed it out, and pounded a cup or two. I was always successful in stopping the cold before it really got going. Great medicine, I concluded.
Then one day the woman I buy our broth from at the local farmers' market told me that she gives a small cup to her 4-year-old son (and herself) every morning, and that neither of them has been sick in a year. Yowza!
So last November I decided to really give bone broth a try as the immune booster that would help us all avoid getting sick. Since then, Aspen, Jonathan and I all have a cup every morning, or sometimes after school.
Not only is it delicious, but it has warded off illness like nobody’s business. It’s a miracle! Usually by this time of year I would have suffered through at least one major cold, possibly the flu, and missed days of happiness. But with bone broth I haven't been sick once!
I’m no scientist, and I don’t want to glop up this fun blog with a lot of boring data. So you’ll have to go online to read about how bone broth makes you healthier. Here are some of the benefits I’ve learned about:
- Wards off illness (If it’s keeping colds away, could it also be keeping cancer and other serious illness at bay? I’m going with Yes.)
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves gut health
- Plumps your skin and makes you look radiant (it's full of collagen!)
- Protects and repairs joints
- Improves mood and sleep
Bone broth and regular chicken or beef broth are not the same. Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones for many hours (minimum 12) in a precise way so that the vitamins and minerals are extracted from the bone and marrow. And do not confuse bone broth with a can of soup, which is likely to have few, if any, health benefits.
I've made bone broth myself, but it's a lot easier to buy it from a reputable cook who uses pure, organic ingredients. Mama Tongs comes to our Saturday farmer's market so I buy it from Lindsay each week. But you can also buy it online. And more and more places are serving it to go and on restaurant menus.
Bone broth may be in vogue at the moment, but before you dismiss it as a senseless fad, consider that sipping bone broth is a generations-old home remedy for natural immune boosting and healing. I'm so glad we discovered how to use it effectively to stay healthy, and I hope this post inspires you to explore it, too.
P.S. If you have any friends or family struggling with their health, please share this post so they might be inspired to try this natural home remedy for themselves.