Drink to Your Health!
by Light Family Acupuncture
June 9, 2013
Drink to your health! No, not that kind of drink! I’m talking about adding in a delicious and easy supplement to your daily routine. The oh so amazing it seems magic, bone broth! Bone broth, stock, soup, whatever you call it – this stuff is amazing. It can help with everything from joint pain, to tummy troubles, to fatigue, and a million other issues that come with this modern life.
“Good broth will resurrect the dead,” – South American proverb
That’s probably an exaggeration, but it turns out, your grandma was right to try and stuff chicken soup
into you every time you got sick. Real bone broth (not the canned stuff, sorry) contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. Often, when we are sick, we don’t feel like eating much, so adding these nutrients speeds us on our way to healing. Bone Broth also contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain. Regular consumption of the magic stuff has been proven to help boost cartilage and joint health.
But don’t wait until you have pain or a sinus infection to drink up. Adding broth into your regular diet can help drastically improve your overall health, especially when it comes to your digestion.
“The French were the leaders in gelatin research, which continued up to the 1950s. Gelatin was found to be useful in the treatment of a long list of diseases including peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice and cancer. Babies had fewer digestive problems when gelatin was added to their milk. The American researcher Francis Pottenger pointed out that as gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid, which means that it attracts and holds liquids, it facilitates digestion by attracting digestive juices to food in the gut. Even the epicures recognized that broth-based soup did more than please the taste buds. ‘Soup is a healthy, light, nourishing food’ said Brillant-Savarin, ‘good for all of humanity; it pleases the stomach, stimulates the appetite and prepares the digestion.'”
-From our friend Kat Grosshaupt’s blog
And as an extra added bonus, bone broth will improve the appearance of your skin, hair and nails. No fancy peels or creams necessary.
Easy Crock Pot Bone Broth
4 quarts of filtered water
· 1.5- 2 lbs of beef knuckle bones or marrow bones (or any other kinds of bones – especially oxtail, which lends added gelatin and a delicious flavor). Chicken necks are inexpensive and also work great.
· the cloves from 1 whole head of fresh garlic, peeled & smashed
· 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (organic, unfiltered)
· 1Tsp unrefined sea salt – or more/less to taste
Place all ingredients in a 6 quart crockpot and set the heat to HIGH.
Bring the stock to a boil, then reduce the heat setting to
the stock to cool.
Strain the stock through a fine mesh metal strainer and throw away what you skim off.
Place the cooled stock into glass jars for storage in the fridge (for up to a few days) or pour into freezer-safe containers for later use. (You can freeze it in ice cube trays and defrost a few at a time!)
If you like, you can skim off any fat that has risen to the top and solidified – consider this “tallow” – and feel free to cook with it!
You can drink stock any time of day, before or after meals, or use it as the base for soups and stews! Perfect in any recipe that calls for broth.