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Bone broth has a long history of medicinal use. Traditionally, it has been associated with gut healing, and many of our modern diseases appear to be rooted in gut dysfunction. Digestive problems and joint problems can be successfully addressed using bone broth, but it’s really a foundational component of a healing diet regardless of what ails you.

Bone broth is also a staple remedy for cold and flu. Processed, canned soups are not the same as homemade. Bone broth contains a variety of valuable nutrients in a form that your body can easily absorb and use. The more gelatinous the broth, the more nourishing it will tend to be.

Bone broth is made by simmering bones in water for a long time until the bones begin to dissolve. A small amount of apple cider vinegar is added to the water. This broth can be made with chicken, fish or beef bones. The best and healthiest bones have come from animals that have been pastured, free ranged (wild caught fish), and not fed antibiotics, hormones and GMO feed.

Have you ever heard someone say: “I have a gut feeling” about something? Underlying this sensation is an often-overlooked network of neurons lining our guts that is so extensive some scientists have nicknamed it our "second brain". Today – a condition called leaky gut is the root of many health problems. Microscopic perforations in the gut lining happen via antibiotics, various street or prescription drugs, processed foods containing chemicals and trans fats. And in these days Genetically Modified foods (esp wheat/soy) is a strong culprit. Leaky gut is the root of many health problems - allergies, autoimmune disorders, and neurological disorders.

The collagen found in bone broth acts like a soothing balm to heal and seal your gut lining. Not unlike sealing a porous stone / tile flooring in your home, true bone broth is a sealant, and something we like to refer to as “spackle” for filling in those microscopic holes in the gut. Bone broth contains valuable minerals in a form your body can easily absorb and use, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur, chondroitin, glucosamine and a variety of trace minerals. The gelatin in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices – supporting proper digestion.

As we age our bones degenerate and bone broth is the perfect answer! It contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation. For us women who are always thinking about wrinkles and seeking to look younger – bone broth promotes healthy hair, nail growth and prevents wrinkles thanks to the gelatin (read: collagen) in the broth.

Simmering bones over low heat for an entire day will create one of the most nutritious and healing foods there is. You can use this broth for soups, stews, or drink it straight. The broth can also be frozen for future use. Keep in mind that the "skin" that forms on the top is the best part. It contains valuable nutrients, such as sulfur, along with healthful fats, so just stir it back into the broth. Bone broth used to be a dietary staple, as were fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, etc and the elimination of these foods from our modern diet has led to increasingly poor health and the need for dietary supplements. Both broth and fermented foods, such as fermented vegetables, are simple and inexpensive to make at home and it's hard to imagine nutritious foods that will give you more bang for your buck.