Bone Broth: The Secret Superfood
“Wherever I go, I’m asked, “How do you stay so healthy and young? Or I’m complimented on how beautiful my skin, hair, and nails look. I always say that the key is positive thoughts and healthy food. For many years, the staple of my diet has been bone broth. My doctors keep pointing out that my blood tests and other health-tests are better than people half my age …. Then I talk about bone broth. I want everyone to know about it because I believe it is an integral part of my health, energy, and vitality.” ~ Louise Hay.
Louise Hay will be celebrating her 90th birthday this year.
The Healing Power of Bone Broth
Bone broth has been revered for centuries for its medicinal qualities.
- It is a healing food.
- It boosts the immune system.
- It is a superb source of minerals and amino acids.
- It is simple to prepare.
- It is inexpensive.
- And bone broth remains a staple remedy for acute illnesses, including the common cold and flu.
Grass-fed bone broth delivers minerals that are easily absorbed and used, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, glutamine, glucosamine, and sulfur chondroitin.
The Gelatin Secret:
Gelatin is the protein that is extracted during the broth-making process. Gelatin offers a unique, highly non-inflammatory amino acid profile, including two powerful, restorative amino acids — proline and glycine.
- Proline helps build strong cells that assist gut flora, repair and regenerate the skin, and help smooth cellulite.
- Glycine helps neutralize toxins in the liver, helps synthesize collagen, helps heal wounds, and even plays a role in releasing healthy growth hormone which decreases as we age.
And this extensive list offers a specific set of conditions helped with bone broth.
Top 10 Reasons to Eat Bone Broth
- Helps heal and seal your gut, and supports healthy digestion
- Strengthens joints and bones
- Reduces joint and muscle pain, and overall inflammation
- Inhibits infections, and speeds up wound healing
- Boosts and supports the immune and endocrine systems
- Detoxifies the liver
- Promotes healthy hair and nail growth
- Helps reduce cellulite, and smoothes wrinkles in the skin
- Improves sleep
- Offers superb electrolyte replacement
Bone Broth vs. Botox
Collagen is the stuff that makes our skin elastic. And when that elasticity breaks down, due to aging and environment, we get creases in our skin (sigh, wrinkles).
This article says, “Botox blocks nerve impulses that tell your muscles to contract …. If your skin can’t contract, then it can’t be wrinkled….. But wrinkles aren’t caused by muscle contractions. Wrinkles occur when the collagen in your skin breaks down. So if you really want to get rid of wrinkles permanently, you’ve got to increase your collagen levels.”
And one of the best sources of bio-available collagen is gelatin-rich bone broth!
It is a liquid-rich source of collagen, and one of the best ways to heal your skin from the inside out!
How to Make Your Own Healing Bone Broth
No time to make your own? No problem, here are 3 tried-and-true bone broths you can buy:
Epic (Also available at Whole Foods Market)
BONANFIDE (Also available at Whole Foods Market)
For additional reading you might enjoy, The Bone Broth Secret, by Louise Hay and Heather Dane.
From Louise Hay, “Bone broth and whole foods are not a one-time magic pill. They are a daily practice, like meditation and affirmation.”
… and yoga too!
Re-Think Your Drink
- Try a hot cup of broth as a fantastic electrolyte replenisher.
- Drink a steamy cup of broth in place of coffee or tea for some highly concentrated nutrition.
- Try a new twist on drinking hot chocolate with this Hot Chocolate Bone Broth drink, and get your taste buds tingling!
- Fight a cold or flu with this super elixir.
- Make “Stocktails” — Check out the book, Stock, Broth & Bowl for some hearty and delicious cocktails made out of broth, including The Bloody Bull, Pig Man on Campus, Gin & Jus, and Root Seller!
- Drink a cup a day, to keep all that ails you away!
“Good broth will resurrect the dead”
~ South American Proverb
This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium!