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Bone Broth: the secret to anti-aging, weight loss, and gut health

Have you "herd"?



Bone broth is brimming with health benefits and it's not that hard to make yourself. It's actually better if you make your own because the broth will usually be at it's freshest, without the industrial preservatives and high heat that increase shelf life.


Below is an excerpt from The Honest Bison. I have used their simple recipe with great ease and success, and I highly recommend it for your culinary pleasure and health pursuits.


Let's start with the basic benefits:


Besides the aforementioned “comfort factor,” bone broth has many healing qualities that make it a veritable superpower:  The Gut Healer: The collagen found in bone broth protects and heals the digestive tract, potentially even helping to heal “leaky gut.” Bone broth supports better digestion and proper nutrient absorption within the body. The Joint Protector: Ditch the expensive glucosamine supplements and ease your joint pain with homemade bone broth instead since bone broth is naturally full of glucosamine. The Immune System Supporter: Bone broth has a high concentration of the minerals responsible for supporting and strengthening your immune system. Ever wonder why your grandmother’s homemade chicken soup always made you feel better? Turns out, there was some science mixed in with all that grandmotherly love.  The Bone Strengthener: The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium found in bone broth provide the essential building blocks for your own healthy bones. The Beautifier: Bone broth is a rich source of collagen, which is great for hair, skin, and nails. Drinking bone broth can help keep you looking youthful and radiant.


Here is another link to more health benefits of bone broth: mindbodygreen.com


Recipe:

(Takes approx 12-24 hours to make)


Choosing your meat and bones:

Since animals need to be at their best in order to pass on the maximum health benefits to you, you should always start with the highest-quality meats and bones; pasture-raised and grassfed are always best. What kind of bones you choose are entirely up to you and the type of broth you want to make. Ask your local butcher for soup bones like knuckles, neck, and feet. These bones will have enough meat and cartilage to give you that thick consistency your broth needs.


Next, select the vegetables and herbs you want to include in your batch of bone broth. Like the type of bones, this is completely up to your personal preference, but some good options include:


Carrots 

Celery

Onion

Green Onion

Leeks

Salt

Pepper

Parsley

Bay Leaves

Rosemary

Thyme

Sage

Garlic

Ginger

Red Pepper Flakes


TIP:

Avoid vegetables like broccoli, turnip peels, cabbage, brussels sprouts, green peppers, collard greens, and mustard seeds as these will make your broth bitter. Optional: Once you have gathered all of your ingredients, you can roast your bones and vegetables in the oven on a baking sheet for 20-30 minutes at 450 degrees. This will give your bone broth a richer flavor and a darker color. Place the bones and all of your vegetables in a large stockpot and add 2-4 inches of water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a low setting and simmer on low heat for 12-24 hours. The longer the time, the richer the flavor! Optional: Skim the fat off the surface of your bone broth, but if you prefer to leave the fat you can. Remember, this is your culinary creation! Once your broth has finished cooking, strain the liquid through a sieve to remove any remaining solids from the broth. Let the bone broth cool then batch it up into storage containers. Enjoy it in a mug like any other hot beverage or use it as a base for other recipes. Bone broth can be refrigerated for 3-4 days and frozen up to one year.


Happy sipping!